Nick Chubb runs all over Louisville as Georgia wins Belk Bowl

Dr. Saturday

There's only one running back in Georgia history who's had better rushing yardage seasons than Nick Chubb. Yes, it's Herschel Walker.

Chubb ran for a Georgia bowl-record 266 yards and two touchdowns during Tuesday night's Belk Bowl as the Bulldogs steamrolled Louisville 37-14.

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The freshman entered the game with the seventh-best rushing season in Georgia history and moved to No. 4 ahead of Garrison Hearst thanks to a final drive that was simply unstoppable.

Leading 30-14, the Bulldogs, 10-3, got the ball from Louisville with just over 4 minutes left. All four plays of the 45-yard drive were runs by Chubb, and on the fourth, he scampered into the end zone for an eight-yard touchdown to put his season total at 1,550 yards, three ahead of Hearst.

Walker, who was at Georgia for three seasons from 1980-1982, has the three best rushing seasons in Bulldog history.

Chubb's standing among Georgia's greats is even more astonishing when you consider he opened the season as UGA's No. 3 back. He didn't have more than 78 yards or 11 carries in each of Georgia's first five games, but when he assumed lead back duties after Todd Gurley's suspension for receiving money for autographs, his season took off.

In Georgia's final eight games of the year, Chubb broke the 100-yard mark in every single one and his lowest output was a nine-carry 113-yard game against Charleston Southern, where he wasn't vital to Georgia's success.

And his performance against Louisville was even more noteworthy after Georgia lost quarterback Hutson Mason near halftime to an undisclosed injury and WR Michael Bennett, the Bulldogs' leader in catches, also departed to injury. With freshman Brice Ramsey in at quarterback (and who threw an interception on his first pass attempt to boot), Georgia's game plan was clear. And Louisville was still gashed by the run.

It also didn't help that Louisville, 9-4, didn't get much production from the quarterback position. Kyle Bolin started the game and played the entire second half after Reggie Bonnafon saw some time in the first half. However, Bonnafon threw a pick in three pass attempts and Bolin finished 20-40 for 301 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.

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