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7-0 UGA: Georgia would walk (or run) down the field on its first possession of the game and cap off a 9-play, 75-yard drive with a 3-yard Zamir White rushing touchdown.
14-0 UGA: After forcing an Arkansas three-and-out, the Bulldogs then drove down the field and scored another touchdown; this time it would be Kendall Milton who would punch it in. It was Milton’s first career collegiate touchdown.
21-0 UGA: Arkansas’ next drive would not go well from the start. To begin, the kickoff nearly turned into a turnover but was luckily recovered by the Hogs, then they would go three-and-out and be forced to punt from their own 8-yard line. The punt would be blocked by Georgia’s Dan Jackson in the endzone and recovered for a touchdown by Zamir White.
24-0 UGA: Jack Podlesny would bang a 46-yard field goal after a 9-play, 51-yard drive.
27-0 UGA: Arkansas would punt out of the half and Georgia would get another field goal to increase the lead.
34-0 UGA: The following three drives would be punts before Georgia would score another touchdown; this time on an 11-play, 93-yard drive that would end with another Zamir White rushing touchdown.
Arkansas would replace K.J. Jefferson with Malik Hornsby, most likely to avoid injury with K.J., who played despite hurting his knee in the Texas A&M game.
37-0 UGA: Georgia would get another field goal on their last possession after a 10-play, 42-yard drive.
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Kirby Smart continues to have his players ready every week, no matter who the opponent is.
The Georgia players seemed to have the same intensity and concentration last week when they destroyed Vanderbilt as they did this week in a top-ten showdown with Arkansas. They never got too high or too low and just flat out took care of business.
The crowd at Sanford Stadium was ELITE.
Despite the early kickoff, the fans came ready on Saturday. The packed-out stadium at its’ loudest was louder (110 decibels) at noon than Penn State’s primetime white-out against Auburn (106 decibels). It was clear from the start that the noise had an effect on K.J. and the offensive line.
Georgia’s front seven continue to be impressive, while the secondary fly under the radar.
Georgia’s defense continued to show the nation why it is the best in the country, holding Arkansas to just 162 total yards (3.6 yards per play). The defensive line did its job, holding the rushing attack to just 2.6 yards per rush. The secondary showed up as well, holding one of the best wide receivers in the nation, Treylon Burks, to just 3 receptions and 10 yards. Arkansas went just 3/12 on third-down conversions.
Georgia’s interior run blocking looked much better than they have all year.
The stable of running backs in Georgia’s backfield rushed for 273 yards and 3 touchdowns thanks to the interior blocking. They took advantage of the drop-eight that Arkansas was playing, but that scheme can be tough to block against in terms of getting to the second level and allowing for big rushing plays.
Stetson did his job.
The backup quarterback did exactly what he was supposed to do on Saturday although he only accumulated 72 yards on 7-11 passing. He took what the defense gave him and did well in his pre-snap adjustments to help the running game. I don’t believe, with Arkansas playing in a 3-2-6 defense all game, that even had J.T. Daniels played, would Monken have thrown the ball any more than they did with Bennett. Besides one pass that should have been intercepted but was dropped, Bennett was very protective of the football and made passes when he needed to. With the running attack not being slowed, there was no reason for Georgia to put it in the air.
Arkansas never adjusted on defense to stop the run.
It was clear from the opening kick that the 3-2-6 scheme Arkansas was running wasn’t going to stop this Georgia running game, but why didn’t Barry Odom make any adjustments throughout the game? Especially with J.T. not playing, why not make Stetson throw the ball and try to get turnovers?
Georgia travels to #18 Auburn next week, while Arkansas is on the road at #17 Ole Miss.