LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Nick Chubb’s provided an encore performance more than worthy of his well-known predecessor.
The Georgia freshman, again filling in for the suspended Todd Gurley at running back, followed last week’s breakout game with another dominating performance in a 45-32 victory over Arkansas on Saturday.
Chubb ran for 202 yards and two touchdowns as the No. 10 Bulldogs (6-1, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) won their fifth straight game and maintained their spot atop the East Division. With Gurley once again suspended because of alleged rules violations, Georgia continued to rely on its newfound star in the backfield in the 5-foot-10, 228-pound Chubb.
A week after touching the ball 42 times in a shutout win over Missouri, Chubb had 30 carries in the win over the struggling Razorbacks (3-4, 0-4). He has 345 yards rushing on 68 carries in his first two career starts, a remarkable start to a career.
Arkansas didn’t fold in the second half, despite the first-half onslaught by the Bulldogs. Led by Brandon Allen’s career-high 296 yards passing on 28-of-45 passing, the Razorbacks closed to 45-32 midway through the fourth quarter on a 6-yard touchdown run by Alex Collins.
The rebound was far too late, however — leading to Arkansas’ 16th straight SEC loss. The Razorbacks longest conference losing streak in school history is a 20-game stretch from 1940-43 when the school was in the Southwest Conference.
Arkansas, which was led by Jonathan Williams’ 108 yards rushing, is 0-12 in the SEC under second-year coach Bret Bielema.
Arkansas finished with 422 yards of offense, but Allen was briefly knocked out of the game following back-to-back sacks in the first half and the Razorbacks struggled to slow the Georgia pass rush until the second half.
Missouri 42, Florida 13: In Gainesville, Fla., Marcus Murphy scored three touchdowns, including two on special teams, and Missouri embarrassed Florida 42-13 Saturday night.
The Tigers (5-2, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) scored on a kickoff return, a punt return, a fumble return and an interception return. They managed just seven first downs and 119 yards of offense, including 20 passing, and essentially let the Gators self-destruct in nearly every way imaginable.
And they did.
Mizzou bounced back from a shutout loss at home to Georgia, remained in the hunt in the muddled Eastern Division and extended their road winning streak to eight.
The Gators (3-3, 2-3) lost for the second time in eight days, fueling speculation that Will Muschamp has coached his final game in Gainesville. “Fire Muschamp” chants broke out in third quarter and could be heard throughout an emptying Florida Field.
Florida has dropped 12 of its last 19 games.
South Carolina 41, Furman 10: In Columbia, S.C., Mike Davis rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns as South Carolina ended a two-game losing streak with a 41-10 victory over FCS opponent Furman on Saturday.
The Gamecocks (4-3) also got a pair of touchdown passes from Dylan Thompson in putting away the Paladins (2-5), the defending Southern Conference champions who have lost five straight this season.
The win moved South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier to 51-0 all-time against teams outside the Power 5 or BCS-qualifying conferences.
Davis went over 100 yards for the third straight game and fourth time this season. His 5-yard TD run in the opening quarter broke a 7-all tie and put the Gamecocks ahead to stay. He added a 2-yard scoring run just before halftime for a 28-7 lead.
Thompson finished 14 of 22 for 262 yards, his highest total in four games since passing for 271 yards in a 38-35 win over Georgia on Sept. 13.
Backup runner David Williams had 110 yards in relief of Davis.
Hank McCloud had 106 yards rushing for Furman, including its lone touchdown as he outran South Carolina’s defenders on a 60-yard burst. The Paladins managed just a Hunter Townes’ 29-yard field goal the rest of the way.
The Gamecocks came in off a bye week, hoping to get back on track after two straight losses all but removed them from the SEC Eastern Division race.
South Carolina coughed up a 13-point lead in the last 7 minutes of a 21-20 loss to Missouri.
before surrendering a 14-point margin in the final 12 minutes of a 45-38 defeat at Kentucky.
Defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward simplified his group’s schemes and moved to the press box from the sidelines to more quickly identify adjustments.
The moves seemed to work. The Gamecocks forced a pair of fumbles — both which led to South Carolina touchdowns.
— and pushed Furman back after reaching the South Carolina 2. Townes missed a field goal to end the drive.
The Gamecocks allowed Furman 302 total yards, only 102 coming in the second half.