ATHENS — Georgia football flexed some offensive muscle against UMass, rewarding what was left of the announced crowd of 92,746 that sat through a cool night to observe a blowout.
The No. 5-ranked Bulldogs beat the Minutemen 66-27 to improve to 10-1 with rival Georgia Tech headed to Sanford Stadium next Saturday for a noon game in the regular-season finale.
The offense totaled 701 yards against UMass.
The Georgia quarterbacks appeared razor sharp. Jake Fromm was a perfect 5-of-5 passing before coming out, and freshman QB Justin Fields showed off his big arm and running skills before giving way to Matthew Downing in the fourth quarter.
Receiver Tyler Simmons built his reputation with outstanding special teams play and downfield blocking, but on UMass he showed off his speed and playmaking abilities. Simmons opened the scoring for UGA with a 49-yard touchdown run. Simmons followed up in the second quarter by hauling in a 71-yard touchdown pass from Jake Fromm.
Quarterback Jake Fromm was a 5-of-5 passing for 106 yards and a touchdown in his limited playing time.
Justin Fields was Georgia’s leading rusher with 100 yards and a touchdown on seven carries in addition to completing 5-of-8 passes for 121 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Brien Herrien ran through two tacklers on his 6-yard touchdown run on the final play of the third quarter, totaling 53 yards and a touchdown on six carries.
James Cook scored the first touchdown of his young career on a 26-yard sweep with 12:38 left in the third quarter. Cook got his second career touchdown in the fourth quarter, a 27-yard run in the fourth quarter. The talented freshman tailback had a 72-yard touchdown run against Vanderbilt called back earlier this season when it was ruled he stepped out of bounds.
D’Andre Swift looked sharp again, carrying the ball nine times for 49 yards.
Elijah Holyfield showed his power with some stiff arms and physical runs, gaining 50 yards and scoring a touchdown on six carries before his early removal.
Terry Godwin muffed a punt he attempted to fair catch at the Bulldogs’ 16-yard line at the 4:09 mark of the first quarter.
Right tackle Isaiah Wilson had a pre-snap penalty at the UMass 1-yard line in the third quarter. It’s the second time Wilson has had such a penalty inside the 5-yard line this season.
The Georgia secondary doesn’t get fooled often, but that’s what happened to defensive backs Christopher Smith and Eric Stokes along with linebacker Natrez Patrick on the biggest play of the night for UMass. The three Bulldogs appeared helpless chasing Minutemen star receiver Andy Isabella, who eluded their tackles to score on a 75-yard double pass on the final play of the third quarter. Smith and Marc Webb were burned for a 45-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter, with Isabella beating them deep again.