It’s no surprise that the Georgia Bulldogs are 3-0 to start the season as they soundly defeated the Arkansas Red Wolves 55-0. The Bulldogs are finishing their early non-conference schedule before facing nationally ranked Notre Dame Irish next Saturday at home. Stanford stadium was loud and packed with 92,746 fans wearing red and pink as UGA honored .
Georgia’s opening drive consisted of six plays and 60 yards as Briann Herrien finished it with a three yard rushing touchdown to lead 7-0 early.
The defense played lights out, only allowing one first down to the Red Wolves in the first quarter. Arkansas State quarterback, Logan Bonner got sacked twice as it looked ugly for the Red Wolves early on.
As the Bulldogs defense played great, the offense settled for a field goal twice on their next two possessions. The Bulldogs still lead 13-0 at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter belonged to the Bulldogs and quarterback Jake Fromm.
On the first play of the quarter, Fromm completed a 60 yard pass to freshman wide receiver Dominik Blaylock in which Blaylock took it to the end zone. The Bulldogs lead 20-0 with 14:47 to go.
Both teams went three and out before the Bulldogs received their next offensive possession.
This time, Fromm found star running back D’Andre Swift on a 48 yard screen pass that Swift took all the way to help the Bulldogs go up by 27.
The Red Wolves seem to have something great going on their ensuing offensive drive as they were able to get to the Bulldogs 33.
With the stellar play of the Bulldogs defense, they forced the Red Wolves to attempt a 50 yard field goal, it was wide right.
On the Bulldogs last possession of the first half, Fromm found the graduate transfer wide receiver Lawrence Cager for a five yard touchdown pass to lead 34-0 at halftime.
The Bulldogs offense picked up from its second half offensive performance as they received the second half kickoff.
This time, sophomore running back James Cook ran 37 yards, making the score 41-0 with 12:02 to go in the third quarter.
Another three and out forced by the Bulldogs defense gave backup quarterback Stetson Bennet a chance to keep their offense momentum going.
It only took 2:52 before the Bulldogs scored again. This time, redshirt running back Zamir White rumbled into the end zone from three yards to put the Bulldogs up 48-0.
Both teams went three and out when the fourth quarter began.
When the Bulldogs began the ensuing offensive possession, freshman running back Kenny McIntosh capped off a six play, 98 yard drive with a 62 yard rushing touchdown to increase the Bulldogs lead to 55. As for Fromm, he finished 17-22, 279 yards and three touchdowns. For him, he credits his running back and offensive line on helping him get going in the second quarter..
“We were running the football pretty well, we were being physical up front,” said Fromm. “When you’re clicking on offense [like that], you can start making plays.”
Swift finished the game with 77 yards rushing and two reception for 64 yards and a touchdown. For him, he credits the blocking of his receivers.
“They turn 10 yard gains into 60 yard gains,” said Swift. “By them blocking downfield, like [Lawrence] Cager, it makes everything easier for me.”
Defensively, the Bulldogs held the Red Wolves to 43 yards rushing and 177 yards passing. Senior linebacker Tae Crowder finished with three tackles and one tackle for loss. For Crowder, he believes this years’ defense is special from previous years.
“I would say that we’re very fast and create a lot of havic,” said Crowder. “We’re flying around [to the football].”
Redshirt sophomore cornerback Eric Stokes who is seeing more playing time this season finished the game with three tackles and two pass breakups. He also feels that this year’s defense is different from previous years.
“We’re just the real deal,” said Stokes. “Like a family bond. We all fly to the ball and all that stuff.”
The Bulldogs will host Notre Dame this Saturday night at Sanford Stadium. Kickoff is 8:00 P.M. between the hedges.