Isaiah Crowell had a modest 18 yards rushing while Georgia rolled up a four-touchdown halftime lead against Auburn, but the freshman made the most of a heavy workload down the stretch.
That pleased offensive coordinator Mike Bobo.
“To see that guy in the second half, I was just really, really proud of him because our line was blocking extremely well, but he was finishing runs, I mean just finishing them” Bobo said. “And I think it just got everybody energized and we were just going to keep running the ball. I was just proud to see him want to go back in the game and hammer it.”
Crowell finished the 45-7 win with a game-high 132 yards on 24 carries with a 9-yard touchdown run on a day he fumbled twice. He was named SEC freshman of the week on Monday for the fourth time this season.
Bobo said Georgia “was kind of in milk mode the whole second half,” killing clock with a comfortable lead.
“We ran the ball well when I think everybody in the stadium knew we were going to run the ball, which is nice to be able to knock out first downs at a time like that,” coach Mark Richt said.
Harrow’s hit: The reaction in the CBS booth was about the same as those watching in the stands and on the sideline in Sanford Stadium on Saturday.
“Oh man!” Garry Danielson said.
“Oh wow!” exclaimed Verne Lundquist.
They had just witnessed Georgia freshman Quintavius Harrow level Auburn’s Tre Mason with a punishing tackle on a 22-yard kickoff return in the first quarter.
Harrow, Crowell’ teammate at Carver High in Columbus and his close friend, has seven tackles this season, all on kickoff and punt coverage.
“It’s good to go out there and make a name for myself because nobody, I don’t believe, really noticed me until that play just then,” Harrow said.
Harrow said he “about had a concussion” from all the players slapping his head after the play.
“It was worse than the tackle I made,” he said.
“I loved Quintavius Harrow’s hit on that kickoff coverage,” Richt said. “That might have been the most impressive hit of the game for me. … It ignited our sideline I can tell you. We already had some energy, but he boosted it with that big hit.”
Richt said on his radio show that Blake Sailors was the first player down field, which drew a double team on the play and freed up Harrow.
Two-sport Rome: Georgia tight end Jay Rome saw his first college action this weekend — on the Bulldogs’ basketball team. The 6-foot-6 Valdosta product played the final 27 seconds of a win over Wofford on Friday.
He’s redshirting in football this season.
Rome was with the basketball team Friday, the football team Saturday and the basketball team again Sunday.
“It’s not as bad as you think,” Rome said. “I’ve been doing stuff like that since I was a little kid, just playing pick-up games of basketball, pick-up games of football and going back and forth.”
It’s a balancing act to stay within the NCAA 20-hour rule.
“We’re just staying in communication with compliance and with basketball and with us,” Richt said, “just making sure we keep him within the rules.”
Tech game time set: Georgia’s game against rival Georgia Tech on Nov. 26 is set for a noon kickoff. The game will be televised on ABC or ESPN. The Bulldogs and Yellow Jackets had played against each other at night the past two years.
This and that: Orson Charles, who leads Georgia with 32 catches for 395 yards with five touchdowns, is one of eight semifinalists for the John Mackey Award for nation’s top tight end. The finalists will be announced on Nov. 21. … Richt said on his radio show that cornerback Brandon Boykin is expected to play after sustaining a knee injury similar to the MCL sprain Jarvis Jones has played with the last two games. Richt said he’s hoping that nose guard Kwame Geathers (ankle and knee) will be able to play Saturday. … Center Ben Jones was named SEC offensive lineman of the week for the second straight week. … With South Carolina needing a Kentucky win to get to the SEC championship game, Kentucky coach Joker Phillips said he got a text from somebody in South Carolina this week. “Dinner anywhere in the world if we beat Georgia, so yeah, got to start picking out some places for me,” he said laughing.