Rapid Reaction: Georgia 5-0 after dominating Arkansas
The Arkansas Razorbacks visited Athens in search for their biggest sign yet this season that they were a team to be reckoned with in both the SEC and the college football landscape.
Georgia, though, had other plans.
The No. 2 Bulldogs’ offense and defense — and their special teams, for that matter — overwhelmed the No. 8 team in the country on Saturday, surging to a 37-0 win at Sanford Stadium to improve to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the SEC.
It wasn’t quite the 62-0 laugher in Nashville a week ago against Vanderbilt, but the Dawgs were clearly the better team in all 3 phases of the game. And they showed the Hogs that they still have a ways to go before being counted among the nation’s elite.
JT Daniels was out because of a lat injury, meaning that Stetson Bennett IV received the call to start at quarterback for the 2nd time this season. As it turns out, Georgia didn’t really need him. The UGA running attack pummeled and battered the Arkansas defensive front. While the Hogs hadn’t allowed more than 152 yards rushing through their first 4 games, they gave up more than 270 in this one.
Meanwhile, the Georgia streak of allowing under 125 yards rushing was extended to 22 games as Arkansas finished with just 75.
It was another quick start for the Bulldogs offense as they rode their running game to take the lead right out of the gate.
On the first drive of the game, Zamir White burst through the defense for a short scoring run to cap a 9-play drive that put the Dawgs ahead 7-0. On their next possession, their running backs continued to dominate the Razorbacks, with Kendall Milton adding a short rush after a key 27-yard completion from Bennett to Kenny McIntosh as the lead grew to 14-0 with 4:34 remaining in the 1st.
The Bulldogs’ defense — and the Sanford Stadium crowd — delivered as expected, and on the 2nd Hogs drive, Dan Jackson blocked a punt that White recovered in the end zone. It was 21-0 with 3 minutes left in the opening quarter.
The Hogs weren’t about to go down without a fight, though, as they mixed in option plays and runs by Jefferson to catch the Georgia defense off guard. But Cam Little missed a 37-yard field goal try to the right as a promising drive ended without points. Georgia responded with a Jack Podlesny field goal to stretch it to 24-0.
It was just another strong half for the Dawgs, who outgained the Razorbacks 139-40 on the ground and averaged 5 yards a carry. Bennett was only called upon to pass it 7 times in the opening 2 quarters. It would extended its lead to 27-0 less than 5 minutes into the 3rd quarter through a 2nd Podlesny field goal, and that’d be more than enough as its defense was buzzing all afternoon.
As for Jefferson, he was a non-factor, completing 9 of his 13 passes for 65 yards and managing little on the ground outside of a 14-yard run before giving way to Malik Hornsby in the 4th. The Razorbacks were also undone by self-inflicted mistakes, at one point seeing their defense flagged for 3 penalties on one play.
Meanwhile, White added his 2nd rushing touchdown and 3rd of the day in the early stages of the final quarter, breaking off a 15-yard run as the lead swelled to 34-0.
Georgia will head to Auburn on Oct. 9 as the 2 teams meet for the latest edition of the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry. Arkansas next travels to Ole Miss to do battle with the Rebels in Oxford.