Georgia tops Baylor; Brewer exits game early

NEW ORLEANS (KWTX) True freshman George Pickens had 12 receptions for 175 yards and a touchdown in the Georgia Bulldogs' 26-14 win over the Baylor Bears in the Sugar Bowl.

Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer, who left the Big 12 championship against Oklahoma after entering concussion protocol, was taken out of the game against Georgia in the fourth quarter after attempting to dive for a first down out of bounds.

"They told me as I came in (to the postgame press conference) they were checking his neck, C-spine," Baylor head coach Matt Rhule said. "They said he cleared the C-spine just now. So that's what they were concerned about -- his neck. He didn't exhibit any head symptoms."

Gerry Bohanon took Brewer's place at quarterback before Jacob Zeno made an appearance.

Brewer completed 24-of-41 passes for 211 yards and an interception. On the turnover, the football ricocheted off Trestan Ebner's hands and into the air before Richard LeCounte reeled in the interception.

The Bulldogs more than doubled their initial offensive production late in the first quarter with a 46-yard fleaflicker pass from Jake Fromm to George Pickens. Rodrigo Blankenship's 24-yard field goal broke a scoreless tie.

After forcing Baylor to its first three-and-out, Georgia responded with an 8-play, 85-yard drive that was capped off with a 27-yard touchdown pass from Fromm to Pickens, who has 11 receptions for 165 yards.

"Seeing him do something like he did today, no surprise to us," Fromm said. "He's just going out and playing the game he loves."

"He's a really good player. When we left him one-on-one, he made the plays," Rhule said. "When we played off him a little bit, they threw it out there and he made guys miss. That had been their M-O coming into it, was to get the ball to him. They continued to do that, and I think we played a little better against him in the second half."

Blankenship added a 31-yard field goal to extend the Bulldogs' lead to 13-0.

Georgia tacked on another touchdown when Jake Fromm connected with Matt Landers for a 16-yard score to extend the Bulldogs' lead to 19-0.

The Bulldogs offense out-gained the Bears' offense 272-97 through two quarters.

Baylor struck early in the third with a 12-yard touchdown pass from Brewer to Denzel Mims and appeared to be closing in on another score on the next drive, but the Bears were stopped on fourth down in their own territory.

Georgia responded with a successful fake field goal attempt, and then scored on the next play with a 13-yard touchdown run by Zahir White.

Brewer's 1-yard touchdown run with 4:10 left in the third brought the Bears within two possessions, trailing 26-14.

Baylor finishes the 2019 season with an 11-3 record.