Thursday, July 19, 2018
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Chubb's return helps snap Georgia out of slump

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Georgia linebacker Davin Bellamy had a simple pregame message for his teammates eager to bounce back from an awful two weeks.

"Everyone in there has aspirations of playing on Sundays. It's Sunday, it's time to play ball," Bellamy said.

The Bulldogs did just that, rushing for a season-high 326 yards and snapping a two-game losing streak with a 28-14 victory over South Carolina on Sunday in a game pushed back a day because of Hurricane Matthew.

Nick Chubb, back from a sprained left ankle, ran for 121 yards and two touchdowns and Sony Michel had 133 yards — Georgia's first game with two 100-yard backs since Chubb and Todd Gurley did it against Auburn in 2014.

Chubb ran for 18 yards the first time he touched the ball. He ended the series with a 15-yard TD run to put the Bulldogs (4-2, 2-2 SEC) ahead for good. "I think that got everyone going, the whole team," Chubb said. "To come out there, first play of the game getting something going."

Georgia freshman Jacob Eason finished 5-of-17 for 29 yards with a touchdown and an interception. It didn't matter much against the Gamecocks (2-4, 1-4), who came in next to last in the SEC at stopping the run.

"We knew they were going to come out and run the ball. We couldn't stop them," linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams said. "It's frustrating."

CHARLOTTE 28, FAU 23: Hasaan Klugh passed for three touchdowns and ran for one, and the visiting 49ers earned their first Conference USA win ever. Charlotte (2-4, 1-1) used a 12-play drive to eat up nearly six minutes late in the game, but Robert Washington fumbled at the Owls 28 with 40 seconds left. With no timeouts, Florida Atlantic (1-5, 0-2) marched down the field, and Jason Driskel hit Kamrin Solomon with a Hail Mary pass in the end zone on the game's final play. But after a replay, officials ruled that Solomon was out of bounds. The 49ers are now 1-9 in C-USA games.

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