ATHENS, Ga- The 2nd-ranked Georgia Bulldogs post back-to-back shutouts of conference opponents as they beat no. 8 Arkansas 37-0 in front of a packed Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium crowd as well as an ESPN audience. Georgia improves to 5-0 on the season and 3-0 in SEC play.
Georgia Head Coach Kirby Smart on the Fans– “Coming out in warmups and out of the tunnel to see every seat filled at a noon-kickoff is special. Its special and its special to be at Georgia and they impacted the game.’”
Georgia Head Coach Kirby Smart on JT’s Injury– “It’s week-to-week. It is similar to something Dak Prescott has had and we think Dak’s was more extreme than JT’s is. JT’s is a grade 1 Lat strain and we think we can get him back. We don’t know when”
Stetson Bennett filling in for the injured JT Daniels at quarterback finished the game 7/11 passing with 72-yards.
The game-plan was clear to run the ball and Georgia did plenty of that as they finished the game with 273-yards on 57-carries. James Cook led the charge for the Bulldog’s run-game with 87-yards on just 12-carries. Zamir White added in 68-yards on 16-carries and two rushing touchdowns.
The Bulldog defense picked back up where it left off in the first half forcing the Razorbacks into another 3-and-out. Following a short kick by Arkansas punter Reid Bauer, the Georgia offense takes over at the Arkansas 46.
Georgia’s next drive consists of 8 rushing plays and a 3rd-down scramble short of the first-down line by Stetson Bennett. Georgia kicker Jack Podlesny comes in to nail a 30-yard field goal to increase the lead to 27-0.
Zamir White scores on Georgia’s third-drive of the half on an acrobatic 15-yard run pushing the lead to 34-0. The Bulldogs received the ball at their own 7-yard line following the Razorbacks 3rd-punt of the half and drove 93-yards on 11-plays into the fourth-quarter.
Malik Hornsby comes in at quarterback for KJ Jefferson for the Razorback’s 4th-drive of the half. He would be tackled for a loss and sacked by Adam Anderson to force the Razorbacks into their 4th-punt in as many drives in the half.
Georgia’s offense takes over at their own 38-yard line and responds with their second-straight double-digit play drive that ends in a 37-yard field goal by Jack Podlesny. Georgia extends their lead to 37-0 following Podlesny’s 3rd-field goal of the game late in the fourth quarter.
Arkansas picks up 54-yards on their final drive but stalls at the Georgia 21-yard line as the fourth quarter clock runs out.
See “Georgia Shuts Out Arkansas at Half” for first half recap.