Liberty Bowl score: Nick Chubb, Sony Michel carry Georgia to victory

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A turnover on downs on TCU's next drive combined with a 27-yard rush from Chubb on the final drive of the game would seal the Liberty Bowl victory for UGA.

Georgia football coach Kirby Smart confirmed Thursday that freshman receiver Riley Ridley would not be able to play in today's Liberty Bowl against TCU due to an ankle injury suffered during Tuesday's practice. The Bulldogs then orchestrated a 12-play, 52-yard drive that included a fake field goal and concluded on a 6-yard Javon Wims touchdown reception to take their first lead of the game at 21-16.

Georgia had an opportunity to take a slim one-point lead at halftime, but Blankenship's 53-yard field goal attempt was blocked by the TCU special teams. The Bulldogs come in with a 7-5 mark, though they ended the year winning three of their last four games. He ran for another 72 yards and a score.

The 6-foot-2, 197-pound Ridley had 12 catches for 238 yards and two touchdowns this season, including the 47-yarder from Jacob Eason with 10 seconds remaining against Tennessee that gave the Bulldogs a short-lived lead.

But on their first offensive play Jacob Eason was sacked and he fumbled, TCU recovered to take over at the 21-yard line.

Trenton Thompson was named the defensive player of the game and the game MVP after recoding 8 tackles and 3 sacks.

TCU KEY TRENDS: The Horned Frogs have not fared well in recent bowl games, failing to cover in three of their last five bowl appearances. I knew I had to try and go get the ball out.

TCU would respond on their next drive when Hill hit Diarse for their second touchdown combination of the game, this time from nine yards out. Chubb should eclipse the 1,000 yard mark in the bowl game, now with 988 yards and seven touchdowns on the year.

Quarterback Kenny Hill will be a senior.

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TCU quarterback Kenny Hill averaged 387.2 yards passing with 11 touchdowns in his first five games and 159.0 yards with six touchdowns in the next eight.

TCU opened the second half on offense and they got a big 18-yard run from Kyle Hicks but Lorenzo Carter forced a fumble which was recovered by Dominick Sanders.

The national title game next season will be played in the new Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta after semifinals in the Sugar and Rose Bowls, but the Bulldogs haven't played in a marquee bowl game since the Sugar in 2007. He ran for a touchdown and threw two touchdown passes.

The gist of it was that Smart wanted to raise the level of Carter's play, along with a few others, who he knew needed to have a big game for the Bulldogs to get a win.

The Bulldogs' offense struggled in the first half, but they still prevailed in a game where they pulled off a successful fake field that led to a third-quarter touchdown and got a big second half from tailback Nick Chubb.

NOTES: Nick Chubb surpassed Todd Gurley for No. 2 on Georgia's all-time rushing list.

"These two guys have been working with him on it - they've been over there teaching him where to cut, where to turn", Smart said.

Chubb, Walker and Knowshon Moreno are the only Georgia players to have multiple 1,000-yard seasons. "I don't know if it was because we were asking him to do too much or just that time of year", Cumbie said. "I just want to let it be known that there will be a difference in this Georgia team".

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