Jake Fromm leads UGA to season-opening win over Appalachian State
ATHENS, Ga. -- Jake Fromm didn't start the game at quarterback but he finished it. The true freshman from Houston County High School stepped up for the injured Jacob Eason to lead the Georgia Bulldogs to a season-opening win over Appalachian State 31-10.
Sophomore Jacob Eason started the game for the Bulldogs. Eason went 1-for-3 with four yards passing before leaving the game with a sprained left knee. Eason was hit late out of bounds and came up limping in the first quarter, that's when Fromm entered his first collegiate game. After the game, head coach Kirby Smart said the extent of Eason's injury is unknown and he will undergo further evaluation this weekend.
In his second drive, Fromm led the Georgia offense on a four play scoring drive in which he completed passes of 16 and 25 yards, capped off by a Nick Chubb touchdown run. In the second quarter, Fromm threw his lone touchdown pass of the game, a 34-yard strike to Javon Wims to extend the lead to 14-0. The Dawgs entered the locker room on top of the Mountaineers 21-0 at the half.
Thanks to 10 third quarter points, the Bulldogs cruised to a win in front of a sold out Sanford Stadium. Fromm finished his first game 10-for-15 with 143 yards and a touchdown. The young quarterback was helped out by his duo of stellar running backs: Nick Chubb finished with 15 carries for 96 yards and two touchdowns while Sony Michel added 87 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries.
The Georgia defense bottled up Taylor Lamb and the Mountaineer offense all night long only allowing 284 yards and forcing two turnovers.
Kirby Smart's team coasted to a week one win, but next week they travel to South Bend, Indiana to take on a Notre Dame team that steamrolled Temple 49-16.