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    Jace Hogan led Jacksonville with a double-double as the Dolphins leaped out to an early lead and went on to beat South Alabama 71-48 to get their first win of the season in the South Alabama Tournament on Saturday night. Hogan, who posted seven double-doubles last year, finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds with two blocks. Dave Bell also posted a double-double, the first of his career, with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Aamahne Santos added 15 points and Jalyn Hinton chipped in 12 with six rebounds for Jacksonville (1-4) South Alabama (2-2), trailing 33-16 at the half, gradually closed the gap to 44-35 following a Trhae Mitchell tip-in midway in the second half. Santos responded with a 3 and Bell followed with a dunk and the Dolphins started pulling away again. Herb McGee had 16 points for South Alabama (2-2) with Mitchell pitching in 14 with three blocks.
  • Jimmy Butler knocked down a 3-pointer as time expired in overtime, and the Philadelphia 76ers overcame a career-high 60 points from Kemba Walker to beat the Charlotte Hornets 122-119 on Saturday night. Butler's play in the final seconds was the difference. He blocked Walker's shot and saved the ball to a teammate with 15 seconds left, setting the stage for his winning jumper from the top of the key over Dwayne Bacon. Joel Embiid finished with 33 points and 11 rebounds and Ben Simmons had 23 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists as the 76ers defeated the Hornets for the third time this season. Butler had 15 points in his third game with his new team. Walker's 60 points were the most in the NBA this season, topping Klay Thompson's 52 against Chicago on Oct. 29. Walker finished 21 of 34 from the field and had six 3-pointers. He made all 12 foul shots and had seven rebounds and four assists. Walker had 37 and 30 points in his previous two games against the 76ers, but only shot a combined 33 percent. This time he was making everything, including banking in a 3-pointer to give the Hornets the lead with 44 seconds left in regulation. Walker held up his palms after the ball went it, similar to that famous gesture by Hornets owner Michael Jordan many years ago with the Bulls. Embiid has feasted on the Hornets this season, with 42 points and 18 rebounds and 27 points and 15 rebounds in his previous two games. JJ Redick finished with 23 points for Philadelphia, including two key jumpers in overtime. TIP-INS 76ers: Simmons threw an alley-oop pass to a breaking Butler from three-quarters court. Hornets: Larry Johnson, Alonzo Mourning, Glen Rice, Muggsy Bogues and Dell Curry were among those on hand as Charlotte celebrated its recently selected 30th anniversary team. ... Nic Batum, who has struggled of late, was booed by the home crowd after an airball in the third quarter. He didn't score in the game and only played two minutes in the second half. ... James Borrego picked up his first technical foul as Hornets coach. ... Marvin Williams and Cody Zeller fouled out. UP NEXT 76ers: Host the Phoenix Suns on Monday night. Hornets: Host the Boston Celtics on Monday night. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Vladislav Namestnikov scored in the second period, Henrik Lundqvist made 39 saves and the New York Rangers beat the Florida Panthers 4-2 on Saturday night for their fifth consecutive home win. Chris Kreider had a goal and two assists for New York, which has won three of four overall. Brendan Smith and Filip Chytil also scored. Namestnikov gave the Rangers a 3-2 lead with his second of the season 2:37 into the middle period. Kreider helped put it away with a power-play score 7:49 into the third. Lundqvist picked up an assist on Kreider's team-leading 11th goal. He also moved past Jacques Plante into seventh place on the NHL goaltender wins list with 438. The 36-year-old Lundqvist is 7-6-2 this season. He is the only goalie in league history with 20 wins in 13 straight seasons. Mike Hoffman had a goal and an assist for Florida, which dropped to 1-2 on a six-game trip. Aaron Ekblad also scored. Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo made 20 saves. The 39-year-old Luongo is the only active goaltender with more wins than Lundqvist with 475. The Rangers bounced back nicely after a 7-5 loss to the Islanders in Brooklyn on Thursday, defeating the Panthers for the second time this season. New York started its current home winning streak with a 5-2 victory against Florida on Oct. 23. Since the start of the 2013-14 season, the Rangers are 12-2-3 against the Panthers. Lundqvist is 18-5-2 against Florida since November 2009. Chytil opened the scoring at 3:03 of the first with his third goal in three games. The 19-year-old forward went without a goal in his first 17 games this season. Hoffman tied it with a laser shot past Lundqvist at 4:40, extending his team-record point streak to 15 games. Hoffman has eight goals and nine assists during his streak. Ekblad then put the Panthers in front at 10:11 with a one-timer past Lundqvist for his third goal of the season. New York tied it 11:49 into the first when Smith, a healthy scratch by coach David Quinn the previous three games, scored his second of the season. The defenseman found space between Luongo and his right post. NOTES: Rangers F Ryan Strome, who was acquired Friday in a trade with Edmonton for Ryan Spooner, made his New York debut on a line with Jimmy Vesey and Brett Howden. ... The Rangers meet the Panthers in Florida on Dec. 8 to complete the season series. ... The Rangers scratched D Brady Skjei for the first time this season. Mats Zuccarello was sidelined by a groin injury. . Panthers D Keith Yandle extended his consecutive games streak to 732, seventh-best all-time. UP NEXT Rangers: Host Dallas Stars on Monday. Panthers: Visit Ottawa Senators on Monday.
  • ATHENS — Georgia football coach Kirby Smart said he was pleased with how the Bulldogs came out of Saturday night’s game against UMass in terms of injuries. The problem was how Georgia went into the game, and things quickly got worse when inside linebacker Monty Rice suffered an injury in pre-game warmups. RECAP: Georgia football takes offensive challenge, scoring, news and injury updates from game “ Not sure to what extent or how bad it is; he was just planting and driving, planting and driving,” Smart said after the 66-27 win over UMass at Sanford Stadium. “Then he said his foot was bothering him. So we did X-Rays. I’m not sure the complete verdict, but he was ruled out for the game.” Rice, who overcame a sprained knee that forced him to miss a start earlier this season, was one of the designated team captains for the UMass game. Instead he watched from the sideline with crutches. The Georgia front seven has had its share of struggles this season, already missing run-stopping defensive end David Marshall indefinitely because of a foot injury. RELATED: Georgia football run defense pales compared to Alabama Offensive guards Kendall Baker (knee) and Cade Mays (shoulder) did not dress, and guard Ben Cleveland didn’t see action on the punt team because the No. 5-ranked Bulldogs (10-1) didn’t punt. “ As far as Ben, Ben had an ankle sprain that happened at the end of the Auburn game, the opposite leg of his (broken fibula) injury so he’s playing both sides against the middle all week and he’s trying to do what he can to get back,” Smart said. “It’s tough when you’ve got an ankle and you’re coming off that injury. It’s not something you just wake up from. “Ben is cleared but Ben is not his normal self. If he didn’t have the ankle, it would be easier on him.” Cleveland practiced in the days leading up to the UMass game and is expected to be back for next Saturday’s noon game against Georgia Tech in Sanford Stadium. “We need everybody, all the time,” Smart said. “I don’t want anybody to be hurt. We want to stay as healthy as we can, but teams across the country are beat up. It’s why you have 85 scholarships. “You’ve got to prepare guys and get guys ready to play. I think that we’re not as healthy as we have been in the past but things could be worse.” Georgia football injury report OLB Walter Grant (anke) probable OG Ben Cleveland (left fibula) probable DL Tyler Clark (finger) probable DB Divaad Wilson (knee) questionable LB Monty Rice (lower left leg) questionable OL Cade Mays (shoulder) questionable OL Kendall Baker (knee) questionable DE David Marshall (foot) out  DT DaQuan Hawkins-Muckle (unknown) out DB Ameer Speed (unknown) out DE Justin Young (unknown) out SS Jarvis Wilson (unknown) out DB Tray Bishop (internal team issue), out  RB Zamir White (knee), out for season Georgia football stories A  no-sweat night for Georgia football offense against UMass Justin Fields reminds everyone what all the buzz is about Georgia football stock report for UMass game, some ups and downs Instant analysis: Georgia football has no drama in easy victory Game Ball: Tyler Simmons shows he’s more than just a blocker Georgia football gets big day from Justin Fields, routs UMass Steve Hummer column: Justin Fields and Jake Fromm show different faces of UGA football   The post Freak pre-game injury to Georgia football linebacker Monty Rice adds to front seven woes appeared first on DawgNation.
  • James 8-19 3-4 22, Kuzma 3-10 1-2 8, McGee 5-7 1-2 11, Ball 0-5 0-0 0, Ingram 7-13 3-4 17, Mykhailiuk 2-3 2-2 8, Beasley 3-6 1-1 7, Chandler 1-1 0-0 2, Wagner 0-1 0-0 0, Hart 5-7 0-0 13, Caldwell-Pope 3-9 4-4 10, Stephenson 6-9 6-6 19. Totals 44-91 21-25 117. Iwundu 0-2 0-0 0, Gordon 5-13 1-2 12, Vucevic 15-23 4-5 36, Augustin 7-9 5-5 22, Fournier 6-15 2-3 15, Isaac 3-5 0-0 7, Martin 1-1 0-0 2, Birch 0-0 0-0 0, Bamba 3-6 2-2 8, Briscoe 0-0 0-0 0, Simmons 5-10 2-3 12, Grant 1-4 0-0 3, Ross 4-5 3-3 13. Totals 50-93 19-23 130. 3-Point Goals_L.A. Lakers 10-30 (Hart 3-4, James 3-6, Mykhailiuk 2-3, Stephenson 1-3, Kuzma 1-4, Beasley 0-1, Wagner 0-1, Ingram 0-2, Ball 0-3, Caldwell-Pope 0-3), Orlando 11-32 (Augustin 3-3, Ross 2-2, Vucevic 2-5, Isaac 1-2, Gordon 1-2, Grant 1-3, Fournier 1-8, Simmons 0-2, Iwundu 0-2, Bamba 0-3). Fouled Out_None. Rebounds_L.A. Lakers 41 (Ingram, Kuzma, Stephenson 6), Orlando 41 (Vucevic 14). Assists_L.A. Lakers 23 (James, Ingram 7), Orlando 28 (Augustin 7). Total Fouls_L.A. Lakers 20, Orlando 23. A_19,249 (18,846).
  • Nikola Vucevic had 36 points and 13 rebounds, D.J. Augustin added 22 points and the Orlando Magic beat the Los Angeles Lakers 130-117 on Saturday night. Vucevic scored 24 points in the second half as Orlando led by as many as 21 and ended the Lakers' four-game winning streak. Evan Fournier had 15 points and Terrence Ross scored 13 for the Magic, who have won four of five. The Lakers got 22 points from LeBron James, 19 from Lance Stephenson and 17 from Brandon Ingram, but were down 15 early in the second half and never got closer than a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter as James sat on the bench. James averaged 29.8 points on 55.1 percent shooting during the win streak, but wasn't much of a factor against the Magic. A tip-in from Michael Beasley pulled Los Angeles within 115-105 with 4:37 to go. Vucevic responded with a 3-point play and went on to score Orlando's next eight points to secure the win. Orlando opened the second half with back-to-back 3-pointers from Augustin and Fournier and a dunk from Vucevic that pushed the lead to 70-55. The Lakers finally extended their defense, opening easy lanes to the basket, and Augustin and Fournier took advantage. The two went unimpeded to the rim, feeding Vucevic, who had 16 points in the quarter, or getting easy layups for themselves. Ten of the next 11 Magic baskets were layups, and Orlando led 100-81 by the end of the third. The Magic started the game 1-for-9 from 3-point range, but hit six of their next 10 3-pointers to open up a 62-53 halftime lead. Ross, the team's best shooter over the past two weeks, started the run with a 3 from the wing that gave Orlando its first lead (34-32), and Vucevic nailed one with less than a second left in the half to give the Magic a nine-point advantage. TIP-INS Lakers: Lonzo Ball is shooting 51.3 percent (19 of 37) from 3-point range, but just 17.8 percent (five of 28) in road games. ... Three Lakers reserves reached double figures, led by Stephenson's 19 points. Josh Hart had 13 and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 10. Magic: Jonathon Isaac had four blocks in the first half, including two against James. ... The Magic and Lakers have split the season series seven years in a row. This was their first meeting this season. UP NEXT Lakers: At Miami on Sunday night. Magic: Host the New York Knicks on Sunday night. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Less than two years ago, Clay Helton left the Rose Bowl field in triumph after leading Southern California past Penn State in one of the most thrilling bowl games ever played. The Trojans' head coach left the same field Saturday by walking underneath a red-lettered sign reading 'HELTON OUT. TIME FOR CHANGE.' Helton still had his job as he left Pasadena following USC's 34-27 loss to struggling UCLA, the fourth loss in five games overall for the Trojans (5-6, 4-5 Pac-12). But disgruntled USC supporters chanted for his firing during the game, and more fans shouted insults at him while he walked up the tunnel to a somber locker room. The coach spoke in the locker room with athletic director Lynn Swann, and Helton said he got no indication a coaching change is imminent at the West Coast's premier program. 'He just hugged my neck in there and said, 'Coach, see you Monday,'' Helton said. 'Look forward to it.'' Helton has repeatedly said he doesn't expect to lose his job this season, and Swann has backed him in public. But just two seasons after that Rose Bowl triumph, and just one season after a Pac-12 title capped the best two-year stretch to start a coaching tenure in USC history, even the folksy Texan realizes his job security looks tenuous from the outside. 'It doesn't bother me,' Helton said of the vociferous boos and taunts from USC's fans at the Rose Bowl. 'My main heartbreak is for our seniors, because I wanted it for them. I know the job. The job is if you win, people are going to pat you on the back, and if you lose, you know they're going to get after you. If you don't like it, don't be in this profession. I know it. It rolls off my back, so I'm not worried about it.' With its season in tatters, USC would have to upset unbeaten Notre Dame next weekend just to become bowl-eligible. The Trojans haven't had a seven-loss regular season since 2000, coach Paul Hackett's final year before Pete Carroll took over and started a renaissance. Helton expects to be on the sideline to face the Fighting Irish. 'I live just like I told you: I work my butt off every 24 hours to try to buy another 24,' Helton said. 'If you work as hard as you can and do the best job you can for your kids and for the university you love, you have no regrets, and I don't. I'll continue to work as hard as humanly possible. I've got great support from USC, from Lynn Swann and from these kids, and I owe it to them to work as hard as I can for them.' Just 9 1/2 months ago, Helton received a contract extension through the 2023 season. The deal from Swann was a reward for winning a school-record 21 games in his first two seasons, including that epic Rose Bowl triumph and the Trojans' first Pac-12 title since 2008. USC's loss to the rival Bruins was the most damaging blow yet to the longtime offensive assistant who took over a team engulfed in turmoil midway through the 2015 season and eventually led it to remarkable heights, only to see it all crash down in the past three months. The Trojans were terrible offensively in early-season losses to Texas and Stanford before their current 1-4 skid. Even his detractors must admit Helton has given stability to a turbulent program and provided adult leadership at a school sorely lacking it in recent years. But while the Trojans were winning big over the past two years, a large segment of USC fans still never bought into Helton, who had never been a head coach before replacing Steve Sarkisian. They critiqued his offensive imagination, his choice of assistants and even the incongruity of his Southern style in the heart of California. As the losses pile up, the boos have only grown louder at a school trying to sell tickets and suites at the renovated Coliseum next season. Many fans point out that Helton's Trojans have largely struggled whenever Sam Darnold wasn't Helton's quarterback, and freshman passer J.T. Daniels had another rough game at the Rose Bowl, going 20 of 34 for 337 yards and two costly interceptions. Daniels, the nation's top prep quarterback last season, gave impassioned postgame support for the coach who recruited him out of Orange County. 'Nobody wants to see him go,' Daniels said. 'Everybody here that knows him loves him. If you blame Clay Helton for that loss, then you have no idea what football is. There's things that players aren't executing, and that's it. The players' part of the ballgame is to make the plays. We have the opportunity.' ___ More AP college football: www.apnews.com/CollegeFootball and www.twitter.com/AP_Top25
  • First Period_1, N.Y. Rangers, Chytil 3 (Kreider, Hayes), 3:03. 2, Florida, Hoffman 8 (Dadonov, Barkov), 4:40. 3, Florida, Ekblad 3 (Matheson, Hoffman), 10:11 (pp). 4, N.Y. Rangers, Smith 2 (Andersson, Kreider), 11:49. Penalties_Andersson, NYR, (slashing), 4:50; Lettieri, NYR, (interference), 8:34; Namestnikov, NYR, (tripping), 16:55; Matheson, FLA, (unsportsmanlike conduct), 16:55. Second Period_5, N.Y. Rangers, Namestnikov 2 (Zibanejad), 2:37. Penalties_Bjugstad, FLA, (interference), 9:44; Hayes, NYR, (interference), 15:35. Third Period_6, N.Y. Rangers, Kreider 11 (Lundqvist, Pionk), 7:56 (pp). Penalties_Trocheck, FLA, (tripping), 7:34. Shots on Goal_Florida 13-14-14_41. N.Y. Rangers 12-5-7_24. Power-play opportunities_Florida 1 of 3; N.Y. Rangers 1 of 2. Goalies_Florida, Luongo 4-2-0 (24 shots-20 saves). N.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 7-6-2 (41-39). A_18,006 (18,006). T_2:29. Referees_Eric Furlatt, Kendrick Nicholson. Linesmen_Derek Nansen, Bryan Pancich.
  • ATHENS — Now Georgia’s football team can fully turn its attention to more pressing matters. The Bulldogs wasted no time dispensing with Saturday’s obligation, scoring on their third offensive play of the game and building a 42-13 halftime lead on the way to a 66-27 rout of overmatched and outsized Massachusetts at Sanford Stadium. The game provided considerable playing time for Georgia freshman quarterback Justin Fields, who made the most of the opportunity. He threw or ran for three second-quarter touchdowns, the last of them on a beautiful 57-yard pass to Mecole Hardman. WATCH: Kirby Smart challenged Georgia to fast start, offense never stopped Fields, who also played extensively in the third quarter, finished the game with a team-leading 100 yards rushing on seven carries and 121 yards passing on five completions in eight attempts. “It’s nothing new from what you see in practice,” Georgia starting quarterback Jake Fromm, who completed five of five passes for 106 yards, said of Fields’ performance.  “He makes plays with his arm and his legs in practice, so to come out here and play the way he did — it’s not surprising at all.” Said Georgia tailback Elijah Holyfield: “I’m glad (Fields) got to throw the ball … and show some of the other stuff he can do other than run the ball.” By game’s end, the Bulldogs had piled up 701 yards of offense, the second most in school history (426 rushing and 275 passing).  They didn’t punt all day. The game concluded UMass’ season with a 4-8 record and lifted Georgia’s record in a far-from-over season to 10-1. The Bulldogs move on to two games of considerable importance for different reasons the next two Saturdays: first the regular-season finale for bragging rights against in-state rival Georgia Tech and then the SEC Championship game against No. 1-ranked Alabama. “We outmanned those guys,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said of UMass. “… We know it won’t be that way the rest of the season.” The standout for UMass was  Andy Isabella, a sure-handed senior receiver with a knack for getting open. He caught 15 passes for 219 yards and two touchdowns as the Minutemen scored the third most points of any opponent against Georgia this season, albeit aided by the Bulldogs’  heavy substitutions on defense. The game was UMass’ ninth against an SEC opponent, all since 2012, many of them much more competitive than this one. But the Minutemen, who play as an FBS independent, are now 0-9 in those games. Before Saturday, UMass had lost its previous eight games against SEC opponents by an average score of 32.9-18.9. Last season, the Minutemen lost 34-23 to Mississippi State and 17-13 to Tennessee. “They’ve got a good football team,” UMass coach Mark Whipple said of Georgia. “They’re going to play for the SEC championship and a chance to win the national championship. They’ve got talent. They’re deep.” Georgia started its scoring onslaught on its third offensive play of the game when wide receiver Tyler Simmons ran 49 yards to the end zone on a jet-sweep. “That’s just something we really practice throughout the week, and we see that we can run it on certain defenses,” Simmons said. “We emphasized it a lot today, and it worked in our favor.” Simmons’ run signaled, not that there was any doubt, what type of game this would be. Georgia’s offense scored touchdowns all six times it had the ball in the first half, a stretch of proficiency interrupted only by a special-teams breakdown when Terry Godwin fumbled a punt at the Georgia 16-yard line to set up a UMass touchdown late in the first quarter. After Fromm led touchdown drives on Georgia’s first two possessions, Fields entered the game on the third with UGA leading 14-7. Fields quickly made his presence felt with a 47-yard run to the UMass 20-yard line on the final play of the first quarter and threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Riley Ridley on the third play of the second quarter. Georgia’s scoring avalanche continued the rest of the quarter. Fromm connected with Simmons on a 71-yard touchdown pass. Fields ran three yards for a touchdown, one play after connecting with tight end Isaac Nauta on a 54-yard pass play. And with just over two minutes left in the half, Fields threw the dazzling 57-yard touchdown strike to Hardman to stretch Georgia’s lead to 42-10. With Fromm back at quarterback, Georgia scored again on its first possession of the third quarter, the drive capped by a 26-yard James Cook run. Fields was on the field later in the third quarter when  Georgia drove to a field goal and then to a touchdown for a 59-13 lead. Fields’ 30-yard run to the 2-yard line set up the touchdown, which came on a 6-yard run by tailback Brian Herrien after a false-start penalty. Isabella had two second-half touchdown catches for Massachusetts, a 75-yarder on the final play of the third quarter and a 45-yarder midway through the fourth. Walk-on Matthew Downing took over at quarterback for Georgia in the fourth quarter. He immediately led another touchdown drive, completed by Cook’s second touchdown of the game, a 27-yard run. Cook was Georgia’s second leading rusher for the game  (behind Fields) with 76 yards on just three carries. The mismatch was Georgia’s third home game this season against an opponent from far outside the Power 5 conferences. Against Austin Peay, Middle Tennessee and Massachusetts, the Bulldogs won by a cumulative score of 160-34, signaling a need, which Georgia seems to be heeding in future schedules, of tougher non-conference opponents. Saturday’s win didn’t come cheaply for UGA, which paid UMass $1.5 million to make the trip to Athens – slightly less than the $1.7 million paid to Middle Tennessee earlier this season. A home-and-home basketball series also was included in the deal with UMass. Georgia football stories Justin Fields reminds everyone what all the buzz is about Georgia football stock report for UMass game, some ups and downs Instant analysis: Georgia football has no drama in easy victory Game Ball: Tyler Simmons shows he’s more than just a blocker The post Georgia football gets big day from quarterback Justin Fields, routs UMass 66-27 appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS — Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm arrived at postgame interviews Saturday not much unlike he’ll arrive at church Sunday morning. Sure, he was wearing his football uniform and some eye black. But otherwise, there wasn’t a bead of sweat on him and nary a hair out of place sticking out from under his cap. “I’m still going to take a shower,” cracked in the minutes immediately following the Bulldogs’ 66-27 win over UMass. Contrary to what his personal appearance indicated, Fromm had, in fact, played in sanctioned FBS football game Saturday night. It’s just that neither he nor many of his Georgia offensive mates exerted much in the way of strain while doing so. Fromm played on offensive series, led the Bulldogs on touchdown drives on all four and went 5-for-5 passing for 106 yards and a TD. In total, he was in the game for 19 plays and led Georgia 28 points. “Well, I’m not as tired as I probably would be normally, which is nice,” Fromm said of the short work. “But it’s not really about me. For the offensive line and for everybody, we like to keep guys fresh and that helps us moving forward.” Fromm was but one cog in an offensive machine that lit up UMass like a Christmas tree. Georgia tallied the second most offensive yards in school history with 701 (426 rushing, 275 passing). The school record is 713 against Florida Atlantic in 2012. Georgia’s 66 points — which came on 66 plays — was the most since Georgia’s 66-0 win over Troy in Athens in 2014 and second most a 70-6 win over Northeast Louisiana in 1994. The dominating offensive performance was exactly what the doctor ordered. Well, coach Kirby Smart anyway. “I challenged our players to start really fast,” Smart said in his postgame remarks. “I thought it was important to come out and set a tone in these kinds of games. You want to start fast, you want to go quick, you want to execute and not be sloppy. I did think we did that.” Georgia did, and it didn’t matter who it had under center, or at running back, or receiver, or on the offensive line. As good as Fromm was Justin Fields might have been even better. The freshman from Kennesaw got his most extensive work since the first third of the season and was impressive in doing so. Fields had 100 yards rushing on 7 carries — including a 47-yard jaunt to set up an early touchdown — and also completed 5-of-8 passes for 121 yards and two more scores. He should have had a third TD pass, but a long ball for Demetris Robertson went through the receivers hands in the end zone. But he did connect with Mecole Hardman for a 57-yard touchdown. “In this offense, we have so many targets, so many weapons, you can’t be selfish,” said Hardman, who finished with 68 yards on three catches. “You have to be selfless out here and just take advantage of every opportunity you get. That’s an idea a lot of our guys are bought into.” Indeed, Hardman’s position mate Tyler Simmons scored two touchdowns, one a 71-yard reception and another on a 49-yard run on a jet sweep. But the real number that stood out was Georgia’s 426 yards rushing. Freshman James Cook led the running backs with 76 yards and two touchdowns. Elijah Holyfield and D’Andre Swift had light workloads with 6 and 9 carries, respectively, and split 99 yards. But 12 different players logged rushing attempts. With win, No. 5 Georgia improved to 10-1 overall and will begin preparations immediately for next Saturday’s regular-season finale against Georgia Tech (7-4). The Yellows Jackets defeated Virginia 30-24 in overtime Saturday. Asked what the Bulldogs might be able to carry out of this game into that one, Fromm thought for a second. “It was great to have a game like that because everybody gets to enjoy it and feel like they’re a part of it,” Fromm said. “Because there are a lot of guys that work hard during the week, during those hard SEC weeks, and you want to see those scout guys get to reap the benefits out there on the field. They work hard in practice, too, and a game like this is fun for everybody.” Fun and stress-free. One in which a quarterback barely even had to break a sweat. “I mean, it is cool outside,” Fromm said, laughing at the attention. “But, you know, it is what it is. You just go out there, you play, you have fun, you enjoy when you’re out there and it’s good to get to see other guys get to roll in and have some fun.” There was much fun to had on thus Saturday. The post A no-sweat night for Georgia offense, which piles up points and yards on UMass appeared first on DawgNation.