Nick Chubb on big run vs. Notre Dame: ‘I should have took it in’

Georgia running back Nick Chubb (27) runs against Notre Dame during the first half of an NCAA college football game in South Bend, Ind., Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Sure, Nick Chubb would have loved to get more carries in Saturday’s win at Notre Dame, but what seemed to bother the star Georgia senior running back was that he didn’t turn his first carry into a touchdown.

 

Chubb gained 30 yards on the run outside on the Bulldogs’ second series before being tackled by safety Nick Coleman, who knocked him off his feet. Chubb smacked the Notre Dame Stadium turf knowing there were more yards to be had.

“I thought I played good, played well,” he said Tuesday. “I could have made a big play one play but I didn’t pull it out. Overall, I thought it was a great team effort.”

Chubb rushed for 63 yards on 13 carries in the 20-19 win that started for him with that 30-yard gain.

“It felt great,” he said. “I should have took it in, but I didn’t.. …He just got my legs. Can’t run without them.”

Chubb is averaging 5.7 yards per carry this season, up from 5.0 last year in his first season back from tearing three ligaments in his left knee, an injury that cut short his sophomore season.

After Chubb’s first carry, he averaged 2.75 yards per carry on the next 12 rushes.

He had the first two carries of the second half but did not get another in the third quarter.

“It was fine,” he said. “It was whatever they needed for us to do. I’m a team player. They wanted to do something else, I’m fine with it.”

Coach Kirby Smart mentioned in his opening comments of his postgame press conference that the coaching staff has “got to find ways to get number 7 the ball, and I’m not talking about Lorenzo Carter either.”

He was talking about freshman running back D’Andre Swift, who had a 40-yard run and 42 yards on two carries along with one reception for minus-four yards.

Tailback Sony Michel, like Chubb, had 13 carries. The senior led the Bulldogs with 73 yards and scored on a 6-yard touchdown run for a team that finished with 185 rushing yards on 43 carries, a 4.3 average.

Michel leads Georgia through two games with 160 rushing yards on 29 carries. Chubb has 159 on 28. Each has two rushing touchdowns.

Chubb acknowledged that he gets better with more carries.

“That’s kind of how I’ve been in the past, getting better as the game goes on,” said Chubb, who also had an 11-yard reception. “Yeah, I like to have those carries but whatever happens, I’m fine with it.”

He averaged 17.2 carries a game last season and his 13 against Notre Dame were his fewest in a game since nine against Florida last year, a game after which he and Michel met with offensive coordinator Jim Chaney days later to ask for more touches.

There was no frustration level this time apparent with Chubb.

“As long as we win the game,” he said, “that’s all that matters.”

 

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