(13) Alabama Dominates (8) Georgia in 38-10 Victory
October 3, 2015
ATHENS, Ga. - The No. 13 Alabama Crimson Tide
(4-1 overall; 1-1 in the Southeastern Conference) put
together a dominating performance on the road to beat
No. 8 Georgia (4-1, 2-1) 38-10 Saturday afternoon at
Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga.
Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick (29) blocks a
punt by Georgia punter Collin Barber and runs it in
Photo Credit - rolltide.com
In a game played mostly in a steady rain, senior
quarterback Jake Coker and the Alabama offense were
efficient while the defense had both Bulldogs quarterbacks
under duress all game long. Coker had a rushing and
passing touchdown, junior running back Derrick Henry
added another touchdown on the ground, and the Tide
scored on a 50-yard interception return by junior
defensive back Eddie Jackson and on a blocked punt
by freshman defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick.
Freshman receiver Calvin Ridley caught five passes for
120 yards, his first game over the century mark, and one
touchdown while Henry set a new career-high in attempts
(26) and rushing yards (148). The Alabama defense was a
disruptive force in the wet conditions all day, forcing
a total of four turnovers, including three interceptions
by three different members of the secondary. Georgia's
two quarterbacks completed only 11 of 31 pass attempts
and averaged 3.2 yards per pass. The Tide gained 379
yards of offense (190 passing and 189 rushing) and
converted 15 first downs. The Bulldogs picked up 299
yards for the game (106 passing and 193 rushing) along
with converting 12 first downs.
Alabama won the opening toss and deferred to the second
half. Georgia chose to receive to start today's game.
Following a touchback on the kickoff, the Bulldogs offense
went three-and-out, coming up just short on a completion
on third-and-9. The Crimson Tide took over at their own
31 and appeared to have a first down on a Derrick Henry
rush, but the junior running back fumbled on the play,
and it was recovered by Georgia at the Alabama 42. The
Tide defense came up with a stop on the sudden change of
possession, forcing another punt. Alabama started its
next drive at the 20, but Henry was stood up on
third-and-1. The Bulldogs had good field position
again after the punt, but quarterback Greyson Lambert
failed to pick up a first down as he scrambled on
third-and-5. Georgia chose to punt the ball away again,
their third three-and-out of the quarter.
Taking over at the 20, Coker connected with freshman wide
receiver Calvin Ridley down the sideline for a 50-yard
gain on the opening play. Alabama would move the ball
into the red zone when Coker floated a pass over the
middle that was hauled in by senior Richard Mullaney
for 24 yards, but from there two penalties halted the
drive. On fourth-and-Goal from the 11, junior kicker
Adam Griffith booted a 29-yard field goal through the
uprights to give the Tide a 3-0 lead. The drive covered
69 yards in seven plays and took 4:28 off the clock.
Georgia responded with an extended drive of their own.
Running back Sony Michel carried three straight times
for the Bulldogs' initial first down of the game. Then
Lambert hit Malcom Mitchell for a 36-yard pass play. On
the next series, running back Nick Chubb converted on
third-and-1 from the 25. The quarter ended with Alabama
ahead but Georgia threatening.
To begin the second quarter, Lambert threw incomplete
on third down. That brought out the field goal unit,
and Marshall Morgan made the 34-yard field goal, but
the Tide was called for a personal foul on the play.
That gave the Bulldogs a first down at the 8, but the
offense went in reverse from there, eventually facing
a third-and-Goal from the 35. Lambert was able to
complete a pass to Terry Godwin to get back in field
goal range, and Morgan was good on the 27-yard attempt
to tie the game at 3-3. Georgia held the ball for
nearly seven minutes.
The Alabama offense was balanced on their next possession.
Following a first down picked up on the ground, Coker and
Ridley combined for 14 yards through the air. Two plays
later, Coker found Mullaney open on the sideline for 18
yards, releasing the ball just as he was being hit. That
set Henry up to finish the drive off, who broke off a
30-yard run for the touchdown. The drive lasted 3:57,
covering 76 yards in eight plays.
Both offense traded three-and-outs following the touchdown.
Georgia started its next possession with a false start,
and Greyson Lambert was under pressure on his two pass
attempts after Michel was dropped for a loss on first
down. The Bulldogs lined up to punt from the 16, but
the punt was blocked by freshman defensive back Minkah
Fitzpatrick. He picked up the ball near the goal line
and took it into the end zone for the score, extending
the lead to 17-3. Georgia began its next possession
inside the 10 as a result of a holding penalty on the
kickoff return. Chubb gained two yards on first down,
but the Bulldogs advanced no farther and were forced
to punt again. The punt was only 36 yards, and Alabama
took over in Georgia territory. The very next play,
Coker threw a perfect pass to Ridley on a seam route
for a 45-yard touchdown strike. Griffith added the
extra point to make the score 24-3 in favor of the Tide
with 3:48 to play in the half.
Chubb tried to get Georgia's offense on track, carrying
the ball on three straight plays for one first down, but
that was all the Bulldogs could manage. Alabama took over
at the 20, with a pair of penalties stopping the drive
before it could get started, resulting in a three-and-out.
Sophomore punter J.K. Scott boomed a 54-yard punt to
flip the field on the Bulldogs, and with 49 seconds to
go, Georgia chose to let the clock run out on the half
when backup quarterback Brice Ramsey was sacked by junior
linebacker Tim Williams.
With the Tide getting possession to open the second half,
the Georgia defense produced a three-and-out to give the
ball back to their offense. Ramsey went to play-action
on the first play, but the pass was intercepted by junior
defensive back Eddie Jackson right at midfield. Jackson
took off after picking off the pass, making a few moves
on the return to take it all the way back to the end zone.
Less than two minutes into the half, Alabama led 31-3.
The Bulldogs couldn't convert a first down when they got
the ball back, going three-and-out for the seventh time
on the day. Senior Cyrus Jones fielded the punt at the
Alabama 40 and returned it nine yards. Georgia was called
for a personal foul late hit on the play, tacking on 15
yards and moving the ball all the way to the Georgia 38.
Coker connected with sophomore receiver ArDarius Stewart
for 23 yards. After back-to-back carries by Henry, Coker
faked the handoff to the junior running back and kept the
ball for a two-yard rushing touchdown. That made the
score 38-3 for the Tide with 10 minutes remaining in
the third quarter.
Each team had a three-and-out on offense following Coker's
rushing touchdown. Georgia put a drive together on its
next possession, picking up 48 yards to take the ball
down to the Alabama 33. But on third-and-10, Ramsey's
pass was again intercepted, this time by redshirt
freshman Marlon Humphrey at the 5, the first interception
of his career.
That possession was one of three straight that ended
in a turnover, as Coker and Chubb both lost fumbles
that were recovered by the defense. After a Tide punt,
the Bulldogs had the ball at their own 17. On the first
play Chubb took the handoff and burst through the line
of scrimmage, racing 83 yards for Georgia's first
touchdown of the game. The touchdown closed the margin
to 38-10, which is where the score stood after three
On their first possession of the fourth quarter,
Alabama and Georgia each went three-and-out. The Tide
pieced together a drive on their next possession,
moving the ball 35 yards to reach the Georgia 35.
But on fourth-and-3 Coker misfired while trying to
connect with junior tight end O.J. Howard, turning
the ball over on downs.
The Bulldogs went three-and-out one final time for
the game, and Alabama took over at its own 34. Once
again the offense was able to pick up multiple first
downs, mostly behind the running of freshman running
back Damien Harris, but could not cap off the drive
with a score. On fourth-and-4, Harris was stopped for
Georgia got the ball back one final time, but on the
fifth play of the possession, Lambert's pass was
intercepted by freshman defensive back Ronnie Harrison,
the third interception thrown by the Bulldogs quarterbacks.
Freshman running back Bo Scarborough came in to carry
the ball for the final two plays of the game to run out