Rapid Reaction: KJ Jefferson, Arkansas dominate Georgia Southern, move to 3-0
Coming off of a program-changing victory against Texas this past week, Arkansas football showed no signs of slowing down. The No. 20 Razorbacks jumped out to an early lead against Georgia Southern and never looked back on their way to a 45-10 victory Saturday in Fayetteville.
The Hogs are 3-0 for the first time since 2016. They figure to move up in the AP poll, too. The last time they were inside the top 20 also was 2016, when they peaked at No. 16.
The Razorbacks once again got things done on the ground, racing to a 14-0 lead after the first quarter. Running backs Trelon Smith and Dominique Johnson each had a touchdown in the quarter.
After that, it was all KJ Jefferson, who finished with a career-high 366 passing yards and 3 TDs, which matched his career-best.
The quarterback did the most damage with his legs in the first 2 games, but he showed Saturday he can be just as lethal with his arm. He completed touchdown passes to 3 receivers, including a screen pass that preseason Biletnikoff candidate Treylon Burks took 91 yards.
— Arkansas Razorback Football (@RazorbackFB) September 18, 2021
Arkansas led 24-10 at halftime and added 2 more scored in the third quarter to increase their lead. The defense again was smothering, wearing out the Eagles’ offense.
Arkansas once again used a committee on the ground as 5 Hogs finished with at least 5 carries.
The Razorbacks have their biggest matchup yet next week when No. 7 Texas A&M (3-0) comes to town. The Aggies lost starting quarterback Haynes King to an ankle injury in Week 2 against Colorado, but Zach Calzada has filled in nicely.
It’s time for SEC play, and the Razorbacks are ready to prove their value in the conference as they look to continue their best start in 5 years.