Georgia football has silenced the doubters, at least for the first week of the season, after stomping all over the Oregon Ducks 49-3 to move to 1-0 on the season.
The Dawgs showed no signs of any drop-off on the offensive side of the ball, and to have such a young defense, they played well too. Both sides of the ball did their jobs and made plays, which is all you can ask from a team.
Georgia does have work to do, but for the most part, they punched Oregon in the mouth and took their lunch money. The Dawgs are bullying opponents left and right, regardless of the conference, and it’s exciting. This mentality that Georgia has is downright intimidating.
Even though both sides of the ball played well, that offense was what stood out the most.
Georgia football gave the Oregon Ducks no mercy.
The Dawgs saw such a commanding performance from starting quarterback Stetson Bennett, the receivers, running backs and that offensive line was a force. There wasn’t that didn’t go right for Georgia on the offensive side of the ball.
Georgia scored touchdowns on its first seven drives and after their seventh score, had a 9-of-9 third down conversion rate. This offense was not letting Oregon make much happen. The Ducks tried, and at times they pressured the Mailman, but Bennett found ways to fight it off and still make some incredible throws.
Bennett went 25-of-31 for 368 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed the ball twice for eight yards and one score. The Mailman completed 81% of his passes, and it was clear that this offense runs smoothly under his command.
Carson Beck came in and didn’t skip a beat. He went 5-of-6 for 71 yards and one score. Those quarterbacks had an incredible performance for their receivers and running backs to help them look as good as they did.
Kenny McIntosh led the team in receiving yards with nine catches for 117 yards. He scored a touchdown on the ground as he recorded five carries for 18 yards.
Kendall Milton had himself a day, recording eight carries for 50 yards and one touchdown. He also had one catch for 18 yards which resulted in another score.
Not to mention Ladd McConkey was scrappy and stepped up to the table. He was No.2 on the receiving list with five catches for 73 yards and one touchdown.
This offense was absolutely incredible to watch because no matter what Oregon threw at them, they found a way around it and performed at an elite level.
However, they cannot get all the credit because the defense did its job as well. The Dawgs held Oregon to three points all game. While Georgia didn’t cause as much havoc, this group did a heck of a job containing Bo Nix and that offense from the start of the game.
Two picks from Malaki Starks and Chris Smith took the Ducks out of the game before they even were able to get in it, and from there it set the tone of the game.
Resiliency and aggression are the best two ways to describe what Georgia football put on the field for Game 1 and if the rest of the season looks like this, it’ll be another memorable season.