Georgia football never got its wake-up call, so the Dawgs had to fight hard all four quarters to beat Kent State 39-22. Despite a 17-point victory, it was not a good win for the Dawgs. In fact, it was flat-out ugly. This game was one of the ugliest victories in a while.
However, a win is a win. Georgia’s three turnovers in the first half and way too many dropped passes kept Kent State in the game. No excuses, Georgia played badly, but if those things didn’t happen, who knows what the outcome would look like for the Dawgs.
At the same time, Georgia showed moments of greatness on both sides of the ball. It’s an ugly win, but it’s another victory. Who cares what the rankings say on Sunday? The Dawgs are undefeated.
A little adversity never hurts anyone, especially if a team can build off this sluggish game is what Georgia needs to move forward with this team. These guys heard how great they were for the last few weeks, and then they got punched in the mouth, so grow from it.
Georgia football fought through adversity to get its fourth win.
Starting quarterback Stetson Bennett joined Tim Tebow in throwing for 250-plus yards in four consecutive games, plus he made some strong throws despite the one interception.
Bennett went 27-of-36 for 272 yards and one pick. He had five carries for 13 yards and one touchdown.
The Dawgs’ passing attack wasn’t as strong as it was the first three weeks, but the Dawgs were able to run the ball effectively. Brock Bowers led the team with two carries for 77 yards and two scores. He also had five catches for 60 yards.
Daijun Edwards played exceptionally well. He averaged 6.1 yards a touch and saw 12 catches for 73 yards. Kenny McIntosh got banged up down the stretch but did record nine carries for 44 yards and had six catches for 35 yards.
Ladd McConkey had a tough day, coughing up two of the three turnovers, but he made up for it in the second half. He led the team with six catches for 65 yards.
Defensively, it wasn’t great either, but the Dawgs found a way to force field goals at the right times. Georgia gave up 22 points, but this isn’t the same defense as last year, so remember that.
The Dawgs held them to 281 total yards with 188 through the air and 93 on the ground. Georgia broke a few times, and it resulted in scores from Kent State. It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t that terrible on paper.
Three sacks on the game, five tackles for loss, a blocked punt, and one pick are better than we’ve seen on paper in the first three weeks for Georgia. This game had a lot more good than bad, even though most people will only see the bad.
Georgia football looks like it needs a wakeup call
This game was an eye-opener for Georgia, but I’d much rather see the Dawgs do this against Kent State than anyone in the SEC. Georgia is fine, they have some work to do, but the Dawgs will be good moving forward. Remember, if you win, you’re in the playoffs.