ATHENS – On the coldest day of the year in Sanford Stadium, Georgia’s Jake Fromm was red hot.
The Bulldogs’ sophomore quarterback was nearly perfect throwing the ball in the first half against archrival Georgia Tech. Fromm started the game 7-for-7 passing, which including his brief appearance early in the UMass game made him 12-for-12 going back to last week.
Fromm ended the first half hitting seven different receivers and going 12-for-15 for 171 yards and 3 touchdowns. It marked the sixth time Fromm has had 3 touchdown passes in a game, and these all came in the first two quarters.
Fromm added to that total 4:20 into the second half with another touchdown pass, this one a 4-yard throw to Riley Ridley. That was the second touchdown catch of the game for Ridley and established a career high of 4 touchdown passes for Fromm, who then left the game for good with 175 yards on 13-of-16 passing. The Bulldogs were leading 45-7 late in the third quarter when Justin Fields came in the game for Fromm.
That performance should give Fromm and the Bulldogs’ offense a good shot of confidence heading into next Saturday’s showdown with No. 1 Alabama in the SEC Championship Game. For the season, Fromm now has 2,236 yards passing with 24 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. He’s completing 69 percent of his passes.
Ridley was Fromm’s favorite target near the end zone, hauling in 2 touchdowns on passes of four and five yards. But Fromm also got it done from long distance, connecting with Mecole Hardman for a 44-yard touchdown on a fly pattern down the left sideline early in the second quarter.
Fromm’s other touchdown pass was to J.J. Holloman with the Bulldogs facing third-and-5 at the Tech 12.
Fromm’s work was just part of the fine job Georgia’s offense did on Tech in the first half. The Bulldogs had 343 yards in the opening stanza with an almost perfect run-pass distribution of 172 and 171 yards. D’Andre Swift led the Bulldogs with 106 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries and Elijah Holyfield added 79 and a touchdown on just nine totes.