Bennett helps No. 4 Georgia rally previous Arkansas 37-10 | Sports activities
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Stetson Bennett transferred away from Georgia after a freshman 12 months spent far down the depth chart. Again then, in early 2018, he didn’t assume he’d ever get an opportunity to steer his home-state Bulldogs to a win.
Bennett wasn’t anticipated to play within the Bulldogs’ season and Southeastern Convention opener. The entire week was spent questioning whether or not Southern California switch JT Daniels or redshirt freshman D’Wan Mathis would get the decision in opposition to Arkansas. However when Daniels wasn’t cleared due to damage and Mathis’ gradual begin led to the Bulldogs trailing in opposition to an opponent that hadn’t gained an SEC recreation since October 2017, it was Bennett who had come full circle, again from junior-college soccer, and rallied Georgia to a 37-10 victory.
Bennett entered within the second quarter and led Georgia to a late first-half discipline objective after which marched the Bulldogs on three straight second-half possessions that led to touchdowns, breaking open the sport and resulting in an unlikely hero in a recreation that seemed devastating for a half with the No. 4 group within the nation trailing 7-5 at halftime.
“Once I left, no I didn’t ever assume I’d ever be again. However once I got here again, yeah, I believed I’d be right here,” Bennett mentioned.
It was a assured reply coming from a man who initially left the varsity after his first 12 months when different quarterbacks transferred in, usurping his spot on the depth chart. And despite the fact that he served as No. 2 to Jake Fromm final 12 months, he was anticipated to be No. 3 in 2020.
Now Georgia coach Kirby Good has to make one other choice after Bennett went 20 for 29 for 211 yards and two touchdowns.
Mathis threw a red-zone interception and was sacked for a 17-yard loss pushing Georgia out of discipline objective vary on third down throughout his 6-for-14 day, ceding quarterback duties to Bennett, trailing 7-2 after a security was all of the Bulldogs needed to present on the scoreboard. Even his first 4 drives yielded solely a discipline objective amongst a turnover-on-downs and a misplaced fumble.
Good spent extra time speaking about Georgia’s early recreation struggles than the positives recommended by the ultimate rating.
“Actually sloppy first-half. Felt like I used to be in an extra-innings baseball recreation,” he mentioned. “I believed we have been very stagnant and (took) undisciplined penalties. Each time we had one thing going, we’d shoot ourselves within the foot. You possibly can’t win soccer video games doing these issues. We’ve acquired to enhance and get higher.”
Bennett’s subsequent three drives resulted in two landing passes and an 81-yard drive capped by a 6-yard landing run. Within the span of 10 recreation minutes, Georgia had gone from down 10-5 to forward 34-10, largely due to Bennett’s settling impact.
Feleipe Franks’ completed 19 of 36 for 200 yards in his first recreation with Arkansas after transferring from Florida within the offseason. No single Arkansas quarterback threw for that many yards in opposition to an SEC opponent final 12 months. Preseason All-SEC second-team operating again Rakeem Boyd by no means exerted himself on the sport as he ran for simply 21 yards on 11 carries.
Franks was higher than current Arkansas quarterbacks because the Razorbacks have began 5 gamers on the place the final two years, however coach Sam Pittman desires extra safety.
“He needs to be extra acutely aware with the soccer,” Pittman mentioned. “He’s acquired to deal with the soccer. We have been proper within the recreation and he threw a pick-6. A part of that was the receivers bumped into one another. I believed we have been very sloppy with formations, alignments on offense.”
John Fitzpatrick caught Bennett’s second landing, Eric Stokes returned Franks’ move for a rating, and Zamir White, who ran for 71 yards on 13 carries, scored the sport’s remaining landing from six yards on the bottom.
Whether or not Bennett begins subsequent week or not, the best way his final three years of soccer have gone, he isn’t nervous about it.
“The one folks you’ll be able to hearken to is the folks near you and your self,” he mentioned. “The choice is rarely made. That’s all it’s important to do is maintain working day by day.”
Georgia: The Bulldogs struggled offensively for a lot of the primary half. They figured it out in time to roll previous the Razorbacks, however they’ll want extra consistency to contend within the SEC this season.
“Actually sloppy first half. Felt like I used to be in an extra-innings baseball recreation,” Good mentioned. “I believed we have been very stagnant and (took) undisciplined penalties. Each time we had one thing going, we’d shoot ourselves within the foot. You possibly can’t win soccer video games doing these issues. We’ve acquired to enhance and get higher.”
Arkansas: The Razorbacks have not gained an SEC recreation in nearly three years, so a halftime lead in opposition to the Bulldogs is a optimistic step.
Even with their uneven play, the Bulldogs may transfer up within the AP ballot after No. 3 Oklahoma misplaced to Kansas State.
Georgia open its house schedule in opposition to No. 8 Auburn subsequent Saturday.
Arkansas travels to Mississippi State for its first highway recreation of the season.