ATHENS, Ga. — Even though Southern was hanging relatively close to No. 7 Georgia as the second half began Saturday, coach Dawson Odums decided to replace quarterback Austin Howard with Deonte Shorts.
The Bulldogs led just 20-6 at halftime, though they scored a touchdown on the first possession of the third quarter.
Then Shorts went in after Howard had completed 8 of 19 passes for 69 yards — despite playing most of the first half with a bruise to his throwing shoulder.
“There was no need to risk it,” Odums said. “It’s a long season.”
Howard said the shoulder was injured when Bulldogs linebacker Lorenzo Carter fell on it while tackling Howard on a 2-yard run on the first possession of the game.
Shorts played into the fourth quarter and completed 1 of 2 passes for no yards. Jarrad Hayes played the last two series and completed 1 of 2 passes for 10 yards.
Chubb extends streak
For much of Saturday’s game, Georgia tailback Nick Chubb’s streak of 100-yard games was in jeopardy. Chubb had just 31 yards (on nine carries) at halftime, which was 25 fewer yards than Southern’s Lenard Tillery had.
But the Bulldogs came out in the third quarter dedicated to getting Chubb rolling — presumably to break open a game they led just 20-6 more than to extend the streak.
They accomplished both as Chubb, who had a 24-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter, ran for 44 yards, including a 9-yard touchdown on the first possession of the third quarter.
Later in the quarter he ran 49 yards for a touchdown, which punt him over 100 yards for the 12th consecutive game. He finished with 131 yards on 15 carries.
If he gains 100 yards against Alabama next week, he’ll tie Herschel Walker’s school record for consecutive 100-yard games.
Lambert streak ends early
Greyson Lambert’s school-record streak of 22 consecutive completed passes came to an end on Georgia’s first possession.
Lambert set the record by completing his final 20 passes in a 52-20 victory against South Carolina last Saturday.
He finished that game 24-of-25, setting an NCAA record for completion percentage (96), and he completed his first two passes against the Jaguars.
But the streak came to and end when Lambert’s third pass fell incomplete, forcing the Bulldogs to settle for Marshall Morgan’s 47-yard field goal on their first possession.
Jaguars more competitive
Despite the large deficit, considering the caliber of competition, Southern’s performance Saturday was its best in five gaes against FBS competition in the past four seasons.
The Jaguars, who opened this season with a 62-15 loss at Louisiana Tech on Sept. 5, lost four games against FBS teams before Saturday by an average score of 59-14. The other opponents were Louisiana-Lafayette, Houston and New Mexico.
Stats are for …
The Jaguars had the advantage in two potentially key statistics, but it didn’t mean much on the scoreboard.
Southern was plus-1 in turnovers as Dakota Starks recovered a fumble for the only takeaway of the game and. The Jaguars possessed the ball for 35 minutes, 35 seconds compared to 24:25 for Georgia.
But those numbers didn’t matter much, as the Bulldogs gained 532 yards and the Jaguars gained 184 — even though Southern ran one more play than Georgia.