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The Review: Looking back at Demetris Robertson’s first touchdown at Georgia

September 2, 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 transfer receiver Demetris Robertson’s 72-yard touchdown run in Georgia’s 45-0 win over Austin Peay.

The setup

It was the second quarter of Georgia’s season opener against Austin Peay at Sanford Stadium. The Bulldogs led 17-0 after a field goal and touchdowns from junior receiver Riley Ridley and sophomore running back D’Andre Swift in the first quarter.

True freshman Justin Fields started the drive at quarterback, making his collegiate debut after sophomore Jake Fromm got the start at quarterback for the Bulldogs.

The drive began with 11:39 remaining in the second quarter. Running back Elijah Holyfield ran the ball for a one-yard gain to begin the drive. Fields then picked up six yards on the ground on second down to setup third and three.

The play

On third down, Fields took the snap at the Georgia 28-yard line. Fields then handed it off to redshirt sophomore receiver Demetris Robertson, who ran an end-around from the left side. Robertson proceeded to run 72 yards down the field, shedding defenders to run it in for a touchdown that put Georgia up 24-0.

Although Georgia was already running away with the game and dominating on both sides of the ball at the time, the play put even more distance between Georgia and Austin Peay and really put the game out of reach for good.

Not only that, but Robertson’s touchdown run was another example of the versatility of the Georgia offense in the season opener victory. When Robertson announced he would transfer to Georgia from the University of California, Berkeley, most people would have expected to see him catching plenty of touchdown passes as a Bulldog. But as his first touch showed on Saturday, Robertson is also capable of impacting the game on the ground with his speed, which was on full display throughout his 72-yard touchdown run.

What they said

“I never got the chance to run that far,” Robertson said. “I was just trying to go and get in the end zone. When I got in the end zone, my teammates were there and just congratulating me, my first touchdown in my first game here, it was awesome.”

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