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Thoughts From the Box: Georgia Bulldogs DOMINATE Oregon Ducks 49-3

September 3, 2022
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ATHENS - Kirby Smart and the Georgia Bulldogs are coaching and playing like they could make a run at another national championship this year.

The Oregon Ducks, the No. 11 team in the country, were supposed to be a test for the reigning national champions.

They were not. The game was over early and had a lot of Orange Bowl vibes. Like Michigan, the Oregon Ducks got punched in the mouth early and often, and the game was in hand well before the first half ended.

After taking a 28-3 lead into the half, the Bulldogs coasted in the 2nd half and were able to secure a comfortable 49-3 victory in Atlanta.



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As good as the defense was, and they played better than most thought they would, this game was about Todd Monken, Stetson Bennett, and the Georgia Bulldog offense.

Their first punt came in the 4th quarter!!

Georgia’s offense scored touchdowns on their first six possession, putting the game out of hand before Dan Lanning and the Ducks knew what hit them.

They ran it effectively, they threw it effectively, and they spread the ball out. Stetson Bennett distributed the ball to his playmakers and had one of his best games in his long Bulldog career, passing for a career best 368 yards and two touchdowns on 25/31 passing. He took care of the football, made plays in the pocket, and delivered the ball accurately all game long. 

The Bulldogs also ran the ball well, averaging 5.3 yards per carry between multiple running backs. 

Starting running back Kenny McIntosh showed why he is one of the more versatile backs in college football, catching 9 passes for 117 yards while adding a rushing touchdown.

Darnell Washington was hurdling defenders. Ladd McConkey was electric, rushing for a touchdown and catching another touchdown pass. Kendall Milton was the team’s leading rusher, rushing for 50 yards and one touchdown while adding an 18-yard receiving touchdown.

Everything worked for Georgia on offense. Not only did it work, but they made it look easy. They’re clicking on offense and should score a LOT of points this season.

Defensively, I thought the defense played outstanding. They will miss the speed of middle linebacker Nakobe Dean, but their defense still appears to be one of the fastest in the country.

The secondary played great with defensive backs Malaki Starks and Chris Smith both picking off Bo Nix in the first half. 

Jamon Dumas-Johnson flashed. Nolan Smith played well. Jalen Carter took their lunch money. As a whole, they played very well against a talented, experienced quarterback. 

In the end, it felt like Georgia was playing Missouri. Or Vanderbilt. Or Georgia Tech. 

They were bigger, faster, stronger, deeper, and more talented across the board. 

This was another statement win for Kirby Smart who just told the college football world that the Bulldogs aren’t going anywhere. They’re coming for another national championship in 2022.

 
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