LEXINGTON, Ky. — The poise and leadership of sophomore Jake Fromm was on display throughout Georgia’s 34-17 win at Kentucky, but the Bulldogs’ QB was quick to credit coaches and teammates.
“Guys are playing together, we are starting to gel a lot more and get a rhythm, get a flow on offense, and that’s everybody involved,” said Fromm, who was an efficient 14-of-20 passing for 113 yards with a touchdown.
“It’s the offensive coaching staff, players, and everybody. We’re doing a lot better job lately.”
The Wildcats had set the stage for a historic upset, the Big Blue crowd of 63,543 was deafening in the first quarter, the fans having talked the program and each other up the week leading up to the game.
Fromm, who goes to the line most occasions with both a pass and run call to choose from, calmly directed traffic. Fromm’s 11-of-16 passing effort in the first half did what was necessary to set up a dominant downhill run game the second half.
Georgia clinched a spot in the SEC Championship Game against Alabama on Dec. 1 with the win at Kroger Field. The No. 6-ranked Bulldogs steamrolled the No. 9 Wildcats, rushing for 331 yards behind career-high performances from D’Andre Swift (156 yards) and Elijah Holyfield (115).
“They are the perfect 1-2 punch, those guys are running tough,” Fromm said. “You can see them break the will of the defenses we are playing.”
Fromm said as good as Georgia looked — aside from two unforced fumbles that were easily overcome — the team has a higher ceiling.
“We’re still trying to get to the level we want to play at,” Fromm said. “We haven’t played there yet. It’s an uphill climb.”
Fromm improved to 20-3 as the Bulldogs’ starter, and 12-0 against SEC East Division teams.
This year’s division title run has been tougher than last year’s, Fromm said.
“In my head, from last year, you remember blowing teams out,” said Fromm, who had current NFL starting running backs Sony Michel and Nick Chubb lined up behind him in 2017. “It’s not the way it’s been this year, (but) I don’t think we’re any worse or better than last year.”
There’s more work to do: Georgia plays host to rival Auburn at 7 p.m. on Saturday and has remaining home games with UMass and Georgia Tech before the SEC title tilt.
Georgia football QB Jake Fromm