Georgia Football: A Case for Nick Chubb Over Herschel Walker
I don’t say this lightly, but Nick Chubb’s performance in the Belk Bowl vs. Louisville last year was the greatest single-game rushing performance in Georgia history. And it tok an upcoming game against Vanderbilt to make me realize that.
In 1980, freshman Herschel Walker ran for 283 yards in against Vandy. You can relive that game with this highlight package courtesy of The UGA Vault.
Those 283 yards were a school record and 17 yards more than the 266 racked up by Chubb against Louisville last year. But I don’t think we can give The Goal Line Stalker the edge on any level other than raw numbers. Albeit, the numbers matter. These two performances combined with a 246-yard effort by Garrison Hearst in 1992 represent the only 240+ yard performances in Georgia history.
But what stands out most about Chubb’s big day is that it didn’t come against Vanderbilt.
In 1980, Vanderbilt was bad at football. That shouldn’t surprise you. The Commodores finished the season 2-9 with a scoring defense that was better than just six teams in the nation and they allowed 248.8 rushing yards per game. So as a statistic, Herschel racked up 13.7% more yardage than the Commies typically allowed to opposing teams.
In 1992, Vanderbilt was still bad (but a little less bad) at football. That shouldn’t surprise you, either. The Commodores finished the season 4-7 and with a scoring defense that was better than a meager 35 teams in the country. They allowed 161.4 yards per game, so Hearst’s 246 yards represented a 52.4% premium over the typical Vandy average surrendered.
In 2014, Louisville was pretty good at football. The Cardinals finished the season with a respectable nine wins. Their scoring defense ranked in the Top 25 and they allowed just 109.9 rushing yards per game. Nick Chubb’s 266 yards were 142% more than what Louisville typically gave up to opposing teams.
That’s. Just. Stupid.
Nick Chubb probably isn’t better than Herschel Walker. But no Bulldog has ever hard a better day on the ground than Nick Chubb had against Louisville. But I’d love to see him best that Belk Bowl performance against Vanderbilt tomorrow.
Running backs terrorizing Vanderbilt: That’s the Georgia Way.
That’s all I got/