NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tailback Nick Chubb has run for more than 100 yards in every game he has started for Georgia. This time, it took him less than two quarters to achieve that milestone.
Chubb was off and running with a stirring 68-yard sprint on his second carry Saturday against Vanderbilt and surpassed 100 yards on his eighth carry. By halftime, he had 128 yards on 10 carries. By the end of the game, he had 189 yards on 19 carries, an average of 9.9 yards per attempt.
The performance marked the 10th consecutive game that Chubb, a sophomore from Cedartown, topped 100 yards rushing — the final eight games last season after he took over the starting role from Todd Gurley and the first two games this season. In Georgia’s Sept. 5 opener against Louisiana-Monroe, Chubb had 120 yards on 16 carries.
Toledo’s Kareem Hunt has the nation’s longest active streak of consecutive games of 100-plus yards rushing with 11.
Chubb’s 68-yard run in the first quarter Saturday moved the ball from the Georgia 9-yard line to the Vanderbilt 23, where he stepped out of bounds. That run didn’t lead to any points, however, as the drive ended with Marshall Morgan missing far wide to the left on a 37-yard field-goal attempt.
Chubb went past 100 yards for the game on a 17-yard gain in the second quarter.
He didn’t score a touchdown in the game, ending another streak: He had scored at least one touchdown in nine consecutive games.
Georgia totaled 281 rushing yards against Vanderbilt, including 56 by No. 2 tailback Sony Michel, who scored a touchdown on a 31-yard run.
“Overall, we ran the ball well,” coach Mark Richt said. “A lot of it was in big chunks, and then a lot of it was just grinding for that one-, two-, three-yard gain. And that’s kind of how it goes sometime.”
Chubb and Michel also caught two passes each for 13 and 30 receiving yards, respectively.