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ESPN's Stephen A. Smith Has Strong Words About Kirby, Georgia Bulldogs

September 5, 2022

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ATHENS - Kirby Smart‘s Georgia Bulldogs were the focus of some eye-popping comments from ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith on Monday.

The No. 3 Bulldogs’ 49-3 win over No. 11 Oregon Saturday was the topic of conversation, and the ESPN analyst certainly had something to say about the Dawgs.

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“The Georgia Bulldogs should be arrested for the beat down they put on Oregon Saturday,” Smith said of the lopsided contest

The margin of victory in the game (46) was the widest in Georgia school history against a ranked foe. Stetson Bennett and the Bulldogs’ offense’s scored 49 points, which tied for the fourth most points the Dawgs have scored in history against ranked team (56, 1996 Auburn; 52, 2008 LSU; 54, 2007 Oklahoma).

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Georgia was considered a heavy favorite to beat the Ducks (+17), but the Dawgs scored on seven drives in a row to start the game. Georgia only punted once on Saturday. It was one of the most complete performances in Kirby’s tenure as coach, which started in 2016. 

Kirby said Monday that the players in his program continue to connect to teammates, which helps bond them together. 

“We challenged them to stay connected and be connected,” he said. “There was a lot of examples of guys celebrating other guys' plays. So I thought that was awesome from our guys.”

Bennett was named Walter Camp National Offensive Player Player of the Week for his performance. He was 25 for 31 (81%t) for a career-high 368 yards passing and two touchdowns. Bennett added a touchdown on the ground during the game as well. 

“(It was) probably the best (game) I've played,” Bennett said of the win over Oregon to start the 2022 season. 

Georgia kicks off against Samford at 4 PM in Athens on Saturday.

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