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WATCH: UGA Football Fans Light Up Sanford Stadium In 4th Quarter

September 23, 2023

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ATHENS - Kirby Smart and the UGA football team are leading UAB big heading into the 4th quarter.

Georgia fans made sure to “light up Sanford” as the Bulldogs entered the final quarter of play.

*First Half Offense: The Bulldogs scored 28 points, gaining 322 yards on 40 plays in the first half for a 28-14 lead. 

Georgia scored a TD on its first possession of a game for the first time this season. The Bulldogs went 75 yards on six plays in 2:51 for a 7-0 lead. The drive was capped by a 12-yard pass from Carson Beck to Arian Smith. Later in the first, Georgia did not convert a 4th-and-2 at the UAB24. The Bulldogs are now 2-for-3 on 4th downs this season. 

After UAB tied the game at 7, Georgia responded with a 72-yard TD drive on nine plays in 4:04 for a 14-7 edge. Also, Georgia went 92 yards on seven plays in 2:32 to build a 21-7 edge. This TD drive featured a 41-yard TD catch by junior Brock Bowers. Coming in tonight, Georgia had scored just 10 points in the first quarter. 

Junior QB Carson Beck was 18-for-26 for 264 yards and 2 TDs.

Senior RB Daijun Edwards had 35 yards on seven carries with two TDs. He had a four-yard TD for a 14-7 advantage with 10:00 left in the first half. His second TD was a three-yarder to make it 28-7 with 1:26 left.


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*Bowers Power: In the first half, junior TE Brock Bowers had a team-high six catches for 97 yards including a 41-yarder for a TD. It was his 21st career TD catch.  His 21 TD catches is tied for third in school history with Tavarres King. Bowers went over the 2,000 yards receiving career mark in the second quarter. He is one of only 10 Bulldogs to have at least 2K career receiving yards and currently has 2,056 . 

Juniors Dominic Lovett (3-for-59 yards) and senior Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint (2-for-44 yards) were next after Bowers among the receiving leaders at the half. Junior Arian Smith notched a 12-yard TD, his first of the year and fifth of his career, for a 7-0 lead.                  

*Red Zone Review: In the first half, Georgia went 3-for-3 (3TDs) in the Red Zone while UAB went 2-for-2 (2TDs).

*Defensive Review:  The Blazers ran 38 plays for 163 yards and scored 14 points to trail 28-14.

Last week, Georgia blanked South Carolina in the second half after allowing 14 points in the first half. In Georgia’s first two games this year, it carried a shutout to the fourth quarter in wins over UT Martin and Ball State.

At the half, Georgia’s leading tacklers were junior Smael Mondon and senior Dan Jackson with four apiece. Senior DL Warren Brinson registered his first sack of the year and third of his career.

Senior Tykee Smith registered his team-leading third INT after Mondon tipped it. It was the seventh INT by the Bulldogs this season. Smith has seven career INTs now. Georgia took over at the UAB 25. It led to a TD.

*Fumbles On Special Teams: UAB recovered a fumble on a punt return at the UGA 36. It was Georgia’s first lost fumble of the year. It led to a TD. The Bulldogs also lost a fumble on a kickoff with two seconds left in the first half. It did not lead to any points. Opponents now have scored six points off three turnovers this season.

*Captains, Coin Toss and For Starters: Senior Daijun Edwards (RB), juniors Brock Bowers (TE) and Chaz Chambliss (OLB) plus sophomore Malaki Starks (S) served as the game captains.

UAB won the toss and elected to defer the football until the 2nd half. 

There were two first-time starters in redshirt sophomore Dylan Fairchild (LG) and senior Warren Brinson (DL).

Junior center Sedrick Van Pran made his team-leading 34th career start while junior WR Dominic Lovett made his first start at Georgia and his 13th overall career start.

*Honoring #77 Devin Willock: Redshirt freshman Earnest Greene III (LT), normally #71, wore #77 today in honor of his late teammate Devin Willock. A different Bulldog offensive lineman will be wearing #77 each game this season.

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