ATHENS – The narrative is that Justin Fields should play more quarterback for Georgia, and perhaps he should. But the Bulldogs can’t lose sight that Jake Fromm is doing some incredible work as well.
That was on display against Saturday night as Fromm used his arm to ignite the slow-starting Georgia offense in a 41-13 win over Vanderbilt. Fromm led the Bulldogs on three quick pass-oriented scoring drives over the second and third quarters to turn an agonizingly close game with the Commodores into a blowout.
And before that, he connected with Terry Godwin on the longest pass play of the year, a 75-yard touchdown early in the first quarter. It answered a short Vanderbilt field goal that put Georgia behind in a game for the first time this season, 3-0.
When Fromm’s day was over – and once again, it was over in the third quarter – the sophomore quarterback from Warner Robins had finished his best day throwing the football this season. He completed 17-of-23 passes for 276 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Fromm completed throws to seven different Georgia receivers. Wideout Riley Ridley led the way with five catches for 57 yards and a touchdown. Fromm’s other touchdown throw went to running back D’Andre Swift on a 35-yard catch-and-run on a screen pass.
That keeps Fromm as one of the most efficient passing quarterbacks in the country. For the year he is completing 73 percent of his passes (83-of-114) for the season and now has exactly 1,200 yards passing on the season, with 12 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.
Fields came in at quarterback once in the first half. With 7:59 remaining in the second quarter, he handed the ball to Elijah Holyfield on a zone-read play. Holyfield tool it 24 yards around left end for a touchdown. Fromm had completed three passes to put the Bulldogs in scoring position before coming out of the game for that play.
Fields took on more of the work in the third quarter, splitting the first possession of the second half with Fromm and handling all but two plays of a long scoring drive that ended with a 53-yard Rodrigo Blankenship field goal. By the end of that possession, Fromm’s day was done.