ATHENS, GA—

The top-ranked Georgia Bulldogs played their fourth straight home game of the season against the UAB Blazers. The Dawgs weren’t able to put the Blazers away until the second half, but still closed out the win 49-21.

 

OFFENSE

With Kendall Milton (MCL) and Roderick Robinson (ankle) out of the lineup, Daijun Edwards was the main back carrying the load. Edwards carried it 12 times for 66 yards and two touchdowns.

Carson Beck was making quick decisions on Georgia’s first drive of the game. He wasn’t able to score on the ensuing two drives, but picked it up and looked really accurate with his throws. Beck completed 22 of his 32 pass attempts for 332 yards (season high) and three touchdowns (season high). With four starts under his belt, Beck looked at his best tonight.

Brock Bowers reached 2,000 career receiving yards after leading the Dawgs in receiving tonight. Bowers finished with 9 receptions, 120 yards and two touchdowns.

With Amarius Mims (TightRope ankle surgery) out for the foreseeable future, Dylan Fairchild was once again his replacement in the starting lineup. Fairchild was put in at left guard, and Xavier Truss moved over to right tackle. They didn’t seem to miss a beat up front, especially in pass protection keeping Beck lean all night.

The offense is still not where it needs to be to contend for a national championship, but it is improving every week. Hopefully, they can start to get healthier and bring back guys like Ladd McConkey, Milton, Robinson, and Mims back into the lineup.

 

DEFENSE

Mykel Williams missed tonight’s contest due to a sickness he started experiencing in practice this week. Javon Bullard (ankle) also rested for another week before the Dawgs have to travel on the road against Auburn.

Mehki Mews fumbled on a punt return in the first quarter, and the Blazers recovered at the 36-yard line in Bulldog territory. That led to the Blazers first of three touchdowns.

Jared Zeno had a decent game against the Georgia defense considering the disparity of athleticism. He had over 50 pass attempts and finished with 250 yards and two touchdowns. He got picked off later in the game after the ball was tipped at the line of scrimmage.

The defense was stretched out and uncharacteristically gave up a few big plays. They’re going to have to clean some of those little things up with the real challenges coming up. The health of guys like Williams and Bullard will also be vital to the defensive success moving forward.

 

LOOKING AHEAD…

Georgia is now entering the heart of their SEC schedule. They travel on the road for the first time this season against Auburn (3-1) next week. 

The Tigers just suffered their first loss of the season to Texas A&M. Quarterback Payton Thorne is their leading passer and rusher so far this season with a 68% completion percentage.

After that, the Bulldogs will take on Kentucky (4-0) and home and Vanderbilt (2-3) on the road before entering their bye week.

 

Offensive Player of the Game: TE Brock Bowers- 9 receptions, 120 yards 2 TD

Defensive Player of the Game: DL Warren Brinson- 1 sack, 3 solo tackles