Georgia Football: 3 powerful stats from fantastic victory over Arkansas

Stetson Bennett reacts with head coach Kirby Smart. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
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Jordan Davis tackles Arkansas Razorbacks running back Trelon Smith. (Photo By: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports) /

Georgia football’s defense produce a second straight week of shocking stats

The Dawgs defense produced its second shutout of the season, and for the first time since 1980, they had back-to-back shutouts against conference opponents.

Georgia gave up just 162 offensive yards against Arkansas, including 87 through the air and 75 on the ground.

Arkansas averaged 2.6 yards a rush and 5.4 yards a pass. Georgia refused to let Treylon Burks get much going as Arkansas targeted him seven times, but he only caught three passes for 10 yards.

The Dawgs again gave up zero points, making that four of five games without a touchdown.

They lead the nation in scoring defense at 4.6 points a game, rank No. 4 in rush defense, giving up 70.60 yards, rank No. 1 overall in pass defense at 110 yards, and are the No.1 overall defense in the country as they give up just 180.6 total yards a game and 3.38 yards a play.

Total domination is how you describe those stats right there, but we’re not here to talk about overall defensive stats. No, we’re here to talk about the sheer demoralization of Arkansas.

The guy who talked smack to Nolan Smith only carried the ball three times for four yards. He got no momentum throughout the game, and the three times he touched the ball, Georgia mauled him down and made sure he remembered the day he had to play them.

Arkansas converted just 3-of-12 third downs on the day, which was one of the things Georgia needed to do to make sure they won. Even though the Hogs did a great job on defense, forcing the Dawgs to go for it on fourth down a couple of times, Georgia’s defense did their job better.

The Dawgs added four more sacks to their total, putting them at No. 4 in the country at 18.

They had 14 quarterback hurries as well against the Hogs, putting a ton of pressure on KJ Jefferson. Now the Dawgs have 80 quarterback hurries on the season and 30 tackles for loss.

Devonte Wyatt, Nakobe Dean and Smith led the team with three hurries each. Wyatt led the team with six tackles and earned SEC weekly honors because of it.

Once again, this defense shut down an SEC opponent and one that had a lot of confidence going into this matchup. So far, they’re healthy, and if they stay that way, it’s going to be ugly for the remaining opponents.