The review: Looking back on Justin Fields’ 57-yard touchdown pass to Mecole Hardman

November 18, 2018

Every Sunday after a Georgia football game, The Red & Black will examine a key play from Saturday’s game. This week, we take a look at Justin Fields’ 57-yard touchdown pass in Georgia’s 66-27 win over Massachusetts.

The score

Georgia led UMass 35-10 with 2:22 remaining in the second quarter. The Bulldogs faced third-and-6 at their own 43-yard line.

The situation

A Georgia special teams snafu in the first quarter enabled UMass to keep the score close at 14-7, but the Bulldogs proceeded to outscore the Minutemen 21-3 before the third-and-6 play. Starting at the end of the first quarter, freshman quarterback Justin Fields saw significant snaps in relief of Jake Fromm.

The play

On third-and-long, Fields lined up in the shotgun with four receivers on the line. The offensive line and running back D’Andre Swift picked up the UMass pass rush and gave Fields time to launch a bomb down the field. Wide receiver Mecole Hardman was in front of his one-on-one coverage along the right sideline and caught the pass at the 15-yard line, streaking untouched into the end zone to make the score 41-10 before the extra point.

The quote

“Man, Justin can throw that thing,” Hardman said. “It was a good throw. Justin is doing good. He’s keeping his head up and staying strong. We’re definitely proud of him.”

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