No. 9 Georgia got all it could want from Nicholls before surviving with a 26-24 victory in its home opener.
With a 26-14 lead entering the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs appeared to cruising to a lackluster win against its Football Championship Subdivision opponent. The Colonels, however, responded with field goal midway through the quarter. They then took advantage of a muffed punt by Isiah McKenzie deep in Georgia territory. An ensuing touchdown pass from Chase Fourcade to C.J. Bates made it a two-point game with 3:42 left.
The Bulldogs were able to run out the clock with two first downs and avoid what would have been a shocking upset.
Nicholls held Georgia running back Nick Chubb in check, limiting him to just 80 yards on 20 carries. Freshman quarterback Jacob Eason started for the Bulldogs and threw for 204 yards and one touchdown with one interception.