Georgia football head coach Kirby Smart made it very clear in his postgame interview with Holly Rowe and again in his postgame press conference that the offensive gameplan could be summarized in one word – patience.
They determined Arkansas would be content to drop multiple defenders into coverage and dare the Dawgs to beat them running the football.
Well, in what seemed to be the mantra for the week, challenge accepted. Georgia ran the ball an eye-popping 56 times. Patiently, they churned out 273 yards on the ground, with four different Dawgs backs logging ten-plus carries.
Coach Smart mentioned in the postgame that running game coordinator Dell McGee challenged the unit to get what he termed “the Georgia 5” – a run play that should only result in two yards, but by grit and determination, the unit turns into five.
The offensive line clearly bought in to that concept, as there were multiple plays where a Georgia running back would look like their forward progress was halted, only to gain three-to-four more yards after multiple lineman joined in to push the pile.
And now, the Georgia 5 also refers to the Dawgs record, a perfect 5-0 heading in to this week’s matchup with Auburn in The Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry.