Mountaineers lose 31-10 to Georgia in mistake-riddled game

Sep 03, 2017, 16:38
Mountaineers lose 31-10 to Georgia in mistake-riddled game

He was helped off the field and replaced by true freshman Jake Fromm.

Coming off a so-so debut season under coach Kirby Smart, Georgia opens against a unsafe Appalachian State team that has won 21 games the last two years, including bowl wins each season. The Bulldogs held the Mountaineers to just 94 yards in the second half and 284 total on the day. But it is important to note when the Bulldogs permitted those points: in the final six minutes of the contest, with its starters already off the field.

Penalties, missed play calls and inconsistency on both sides of the ball after a strong defensive first quarter put the Mountaineers (0-1) in a 21-0 deficit at halftime.

Coach Kirby Smart indicated the injury to Eason wasn't serious. "He's worked hard. But we don't know how long it'll be".

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Not that Georgia was flawless.

At least on this night, Fromm was up to the task after leading Georgia to three straight first-half touchdowns and a 31-10 victory over Appalachian State.

Like previous year at Tennessee, the Mountaineers play another SEC opponent, Georgia Bulldogs, in Athens this upcoming Saturday. Roquan Smith tied for the team lead with 6 tackles. "We've gotta keep staying together because if we don't, something else could happen". First off, the option that Appalachian State ran was extremely effective and had both Lorenzo Carter, Davin Bellamy and D'Andre Walker biting each time it was ran to either of their respective sides of the field.

Appalachian State QB Taylor Lamb's 27 career wins rank second among active quarterbacks, trailing only Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield. He was an honorable mention all-conference performer last season.

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With Fromm at the helm, the Bulldogs got their running game headed in the right direction with 221 yards. "We don't know the extent (of injury) or how long", said Smart. Granted the Bulldogs have a more seasoned coaching staff deploying more weapons against an Appalachian State team that isn't Florida, but it was an impressive debut for a guy thrust into emergency service sooner than anyone could have imagined.

"They have such great length throughout their front seven", Satterfield said.

Among the returning players that were starters or regular contributors, Smart said, Carter has improved as much or more than any of them.

They're 6-5, 6-6 - they're just a really good defense, and they've played a lot of football in their time here. "He's playing more physical, I think he's really comfortable; he's playing at 247-250 pounds, whereas previous year he was at 239-243".

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That's certainly the Bulldogs' goal this fall. The stat line shows that Eason was sacked once, but that sack was more on Eason not getting rid of the ball and trying to scramble around for an inordinate amount of time. "I felt like we played a lot of players on defense, which I think helps the overall feeling in the room". "I have to get away in a situation like that and throw it out of bounds".