The chalk has flipped on this game; most books opened their Liberty Bowl betting with Georgia favored by one or two points, but as of about 12 hours before kickoff the Bulldogs were now getting three points from the now-favored Frogs.
Chubb rushed 17 times for 142 yards and a game-clinching touchdown, giving Smart what he hopes is the first of many bowl victories to come. Kicker Brandon Hatfield equaled his career-best by making a 40-yard field goal but he missed an extra point that doinked off the right upright - doh - plus two missed field goals of 41 and 47 yards - double doh - that cost the Frogs seven points. Hill scored on a 10-yard run just two plays later.
A 30-yard Rodrigo Blankneship field goal gave the Bulldogs the lead for good at 24-23 with 13:27 to play.
Trenton Thompson was named the defensive player of the game and the game MVP after recoding 8 tackles and 3 sacks.
The Horned Frogs' inconsistent run defense overwhelmed Georgia's offensive line in the first half, preventing the Bulldogs' dynamic duo from running wild for a while.
That looked like a swing in TCU's favor after Hill drove the Horned Frogs downfield. He's got to make those throws...
Eason only finished with 7 rushing yards, but that included three sacks factoring into his six-carry total.
The gist of it was that Smart wanted to raise the level of Carter's play, along with a few others, who he knew needed to have a big game for the Bulldogs to get a win. "Every single day, I've got to go out there and prove that I need to be the starting quarterback".
Diarse delivered the play of the game to put TCU ahead again, 23-21, in the third quarter.
The Bulldogs made their 52 overall and 20 consecutive appearance in a bowl game today.
Eason finished the 2016 season completing 55.1 percent of his passes for 2,430 yards, 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions and said he's going to spend the offseason doing his part to improve in various areas heading into the 2017 campaign.
The Bulldogs' offense struggled in the first half, but they still prevailed in a game where they pulled off a successful fake field that led to a third-quarter touchdown and got a big second half from tailback Nick Chubb.
After a promising 13-yard run by Hicks on the first possession of the second half, he fumbled the ball back to Georgia, who capped off a 12-play, 6:36-long drive with a four-yard play-action passing touchdown from Eason to wide receiver Javon Wims that gave Georgia the lead back, 21-16.
"I don't even know what that's like to just take that next step because everything's just been intro", he said.
Chubb, Walker and Knowshon Moreno are the only Georgia players to have multiple 1,000-yard seasons.
"They've both been a one-two punch", Georgia coach Kirby Smart said.
NOTES: Nick Chubb surpassed Todd Gurley for No. 2 on Georgia's all-time rushing list.
"I think we just kept pounding and kept opening it up", Chubb said.
"As I told my kids in the locker we were proud of them", Patterson said.