Georgia football: 3 takeaways that should fire up Dawg fans

Georgia Bulldogs defensive lineman Mykel Williams (13) Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports
Georgia Bulldogs defensive lineman Mykel Williams (13) Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports /

Georgia football took South Carolina to the woodshed and didn’t show any mercy. The Dawgs demolished the Gamecocks 48-7, which could have been more disastrous for the home team if Georgia hadn’t pulled its starters.

There was nothing South Carolina could do that challenged the Dawgs. From the moment Brock Bowers took it five yards for the first score, it was evident that Georgia was about to make it ugly. It solidified it even more when Malaki Starks brought down that first interception — after that, the Dawgs just pressed down the throttle and didn’t let off until the fourth quarter.

It was another incredible performance from starting quarterback Stetson Bennett who continues to give the Heisman Trophy voters an argument to send him to New York City.

That defense almost pitched consecutive shutouts, and to have only given up 10 points in three games is truly elite.

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Georgia looked cool, calm and collected throughout the game. Bennett confidently led the offense, and it’s great to see him with that kind of moxy and poise.

Even with all of those inexperienced and young players — at what point will that quit being an excuse for this side of the ball?

After looking at the stats and reflecting on the Dawgs’ performance, these are our three takeaways from Georgia’s Week 3 victory.

Georgia football has something special in Stetson Bennett

Bennett went 16-of-23 for 284 yards for two touchdowns, and he led the Dawgs with three rushes for 36 yards and his third score of the game.

He was so confident against the Gamecocks that it rolled off his back even when he made a mistake.

The more Bennett plays, the better he gets. After three games, seeing how much he has grown is mind-blowing. Could we be seeing a Kyle Trask/Joey Burrow-type jump? It is still really early to call that, but seeing how commanding he is with this offense, it is something to note.

Bennett doesn’t try to impress anyone but himself, so he continues to play at this elite level. The competition only gets tougher from here, so if Bennett keeps playing at this level, it should be a fun season.

Through three games, Bennett has gone 65-of-88 for 952 yards and five touchdowns. He has a 74% completion rate and a 183.49 quarterback rating. It’s incredible to see what he has done in just three games.

Georgia football has a defense that won’t break.

No one should say anything about Georgia football’s defense not recording a sack against South Carolina because they kept Spencer Rattler uncomfortable.

In the first set of stats, the Dawgs recorded nine quarterback hurries, but after coaches redo the stats from watching the game, it’ll likely be a lot more.

Georgia finished with six tackles for loss and three interceptions against the Gamecocks, which is huge for a young defense. Those sacks will come when the defense gains even more experience.

Jamon Dumas-Johnson led the Dawgs with six tackles and two quarterback hurries. Smael Mondon had four tackles, one tackle for loss and two quarterback hurries.

Trezmen Marshall also recorded four tackles, a tackle for loss and a quarterback hurry. He caught the final interception for Georgia as well.

This group won’t break. They refused to, and even with mistakes, they held South Carolina to 92 rushing yards. Granted, they gave up over 200 yards through the air, but this group gets better each game.

Watch this defense because they are special and will make their own identity the deeper we get into this season.

Welcome back, Brock Bowers

Bowers wasn’t in human form on Saturday. He was a machine programmed to make big plays and bully South Carolina’s defense.

He led the Dawgs with five catches for 121 yards and caught both of Bennett’s touchdown passes. Bowers also had his five-yard rush for a score as well. However, that 78-yard touchdown was the perfect cherry on top of an already incredible day. Bowers showed out, and I can’t wait for him to keep doing it this season.

After the first two games, it felt like teams prepared for him, and Georgia had to turn to other weapons. Not this week because the Gamecocks couldn’t cover him.

Bowers reminded everyone who he was and how he is just as good, if not better than he was last season.

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Georgia football took on this challenge and handled it with ease. The Dawgs should remain No.1 in the country after their third dominating win. Up next is a home game against Kent State that should result in the Dawgs’ fourth blowout victory in a row.