These short takes are presented as an adjunct to the Georgia-North Carolina game column, which can be found here. Georgia won 33-24.
1. That might have been Greyson Lambert’s last start. He completed five of eight passes for 54 yards. He suffered three sacks in the first quarter. He didn’t throw the ball to the other team, which surely figured into Kirby Smart’s decision to start him, but neither did the freshman Jacob Eason. And Eason, it must be said, lent a balance to Georgia’s offense that wasn’t evident with Lambert. Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney clearly nursed Eason along, giving him simple throws to make. The point being: Eason made them. (Asked afterward about his plans for the quarterbacks, Smart said: “There is no plan.”)
2. You can have Leonard Fournette. I’ll take Nick Chubb. First game back from knee surgery, and all the great Georgia back did was carry 32 times, gain 222 yards and clinch Ye Olde Ballgame with a 55-yard touchdown burst when the Bulldogs were nursing a two-point lead. If you hadn’t known that Chubb had been hurt, you’d never have guessed from this. He broke 100 yards with 7 1/2 minutes remaining in the first half. He broke 200 on the 55-yarder. “He’s pretty special,” North Carolina coach Larry Fedora said. Yes he is.
3. Some folks foresaw a 41-40 shootout. Didn’t happen. Georgia gained enough yards (474) to flirt with 40-some points, but Brendan Douglas’ first-half fumble – the game’s only turnover – quashed one scoring chance and William Ham’s missed field-goal try from 42 yards in the third quarter ended another. The greater surprise was the handle the Bulldogs’ under-new-management defense seized against a North Carolina team known for its offense. The Heels managed only 315 yards, 49 of those coming on a last-gasp drive that availed them nothing. Georgia gave up some plays but mostly stood tall.