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2016 Liberty Bowl

GEORGIA SEASON IN REVIEW GAME 1: #18 Georgia 33, #22 North Carolina 24 Sept. 3 | Atlanta, GA WELCOME BOWL EVENTS GEORGIA TCU Nick Chubb racked up an astounding 222 rushing HONORS BOWL HISTORY SPECIAL THANKS 58th AutoZone Liberty Bowl | 75 yards in Georgia’s come-from-behind victory over North Carolina (33-24) in front of a Georgia Dome capacity crowd of 75,405 and an ESPN national televised audience in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game. The 2016 season opener marked the debut of new head coach Kirby Smart, freshman quarterback Jacob Eason and the return of junior tailback Chubb since his gruesome knee injury that robbed him of the last seven games of the 2015 season. Georgia held a 14-10 advantage at the half but UNC’s T.J. Logan returned the second-half kickoff for a touchdown and then scored on a 21-yard run midway through the third quarter, giving the Tar Heels a 10-point lead. Defensively, Georgia stepped up as they only surrendered 49 yards to the Tar Heels for the rest of the game. In the subsequent Georgia possession, Eason notched his first collegiate touchdown, a 17-yard strike to junior wideout Isaiah McKenzie. Then in the following UNC possession, UGA pinned the Tar Heels inside their own goal line and caused a safety to pull within one-point at 24-23 to conclude the third quarter. With nearly 11 minutes left in the game, Eason orchestrated a nine-play, 71-yard drive highlighted by a 51-yard pass from Eason to McKenzie and a crucial 16-yard rush by Brian Herrien to set up William Ham’s go-ahead field goal. The 29- yard field goal by redshirt sophomore William Ham recaptured the lead at 26-24 for Georgia with 5:27 left in the game. Chubb’s 55-yard scamper cushioned the Bulldogs’ lead to 33-24 and seemingly put the game out of reach with less than four minutes in regulation. NICK CHUBB PAVED THE WAY FOR A GEORGIA WIN WITH 222 YARDS IN HIS COMEBACK GAME FROM A KNEE INJURY SUSTAINED AGAINST TENNESSEE IN 2015. GAME 2: #9 Georgia 26, Nicholls 24 Sept. 10 | Athens, GA After trailing 14-13 midway through the third quarter, No. 9 Georgia regained the lead and held off Nicholls to avoid an upset by a final score of 26-24 before a packed home crowd of 92,746 at Sanford Stadium in front of a SEC network televised audience. The 2016 home opener marked the home debut of head coach Kirby Smart and freshman quarterback Jacob Eason’s first career start. Eason orchestrated a 67-yard scoring drive on the opening position that concluded with a six-yard touchdown run by junior tailback Nick Chubb. The Colonels converted three Georgia turn- LORENZO CARTER’S SCOOP-AND-SCORE GAVE GEORGIA ITS DECISIVE LEAD AFTER AN AARON DAVIS SACK. overs into 17 points. Nicholls scored a touch-


2016 Liberty Bowl
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