No. 3 Georgia Defeats Arkansas St, 55-0
ATHENS, Ga. – The No. 3-ranked Georgia Bulldogs totaled nearly 700 yards of offense and held Arkansas State scoreless in a 55-0 win Saturday at a sold-out Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium.
Georgia (3-0, 1-0 SEC) finished with 656 total yards, while the Bulldogs’ defense helped the team record its largest margin of victory under head coach Kirby Smart. Arkansas State finished with 220 total yards, including just 43 on the ground.
Junior quarterback Jake Fromm completed 17-of-22 passes for 279 yards and three touchdowns, while junior tailback D’Andre Swift led all rushers with 76 yards on the ground.
“We played really hard and we were focused,” Smart said. “Our Saturday scrimmages leading up the season helped us toward that. We started fast and really played hard. … We did some good things. At the end of the day, it’s all about execution. You can’t have a lack of focus or discipline, and our kids did that.”
Swift did most of the heavy lifting on Georgia’s first offensive possession with two rushes for 17 yards. Brian Herrien capped off the six-play, 60-yard drive with a three-yard touchdown to put the Bulldogs up 7-0.
Following an Arkansas State three-and-out, Georgia’s drive stalled at the Red Wolves’ 12-yard line. Senior kicker Rodrigo Blankenship knocked in a field goal from 29 yards and followed with a 41-yarder to send the Bulldogs to the second quarter with a 13-0 advantage.
Georgia scored quick with 60-yard TD strike from Fromm to freshman Dominick Blaylock on the first play of the second quarter. Swift added a 48-yard TD dash and Lawrence Cager caught a five-yard TD score to give the Bulldogs a 34-0 halftime advantage.
Georgia’s defense held the Red Wolves to just 81 yards in the first half, including 11 total yards in the opening quarter.
It was much of the same in the final 30 minutes. The Bulldogs added a 37-yard touchdown from James Cook, a one-yard score from Zamir White and a 62-yard scamper from Kenny McIntosh to put the final score at 55-0.
The Bulldogs return home next Saturday, Sept. 21 to take on Notre Dame at 8 p.m. ET.