Georgia football beat the ninth-ranked Ole Miss Rebels 52-17. Early on, it looked like this game would be an old-school shootout. But the Dawgs’ defense stepped up and shut down the explosive Ole Miss offense. The game’s turning point was in the second quarter when Bullard picked off an errant throw by Jaxson Dart. Even though the Dawgs did not capitalize on that drive, they finally figured out the Rebels offense.
Before we get into the stats and figures, I’d like to call out a few things—fantastic job by the offensive line. It was one of the best games the group has played all year, and I am glad it came to the most important one so far. I am unsure if it was because of how bad Ole Miss’s defense was, but the Dawgs owned them upfront. Regardless of how bad they are, anytime you physically beat a team that bad, it is impressive.
Another shoutout goes to Brock Bowers. That was likely the last time Bowers will play Between the Hedges (though I would like him to stay for one more year). Bowers is not only a freak of nature but a tough dude. Stats-wise, Bowers had a decent day: three catches for 34 yards and one touchdown.
But some things Bowers needs to show up on the stat sheet. I cannot say anything about Brock Bowers before I fan-boy entirely out. Still, he is the best Georgia football player in my lifetime—possibly the greatest Georgia football player of all time.
The offense managed to get 600 yards. 600! I know Ole Miss’s defense was not considered that good, but putting up 600 yards on any defense is impressive. Carson Beck continues to show out. Beck went for 306 yards passing, with two touchdowns and completing 18 out of 25 passing attempts.
Georgia fans need to start investing in Carson Beck’s Heisman odds. The Dawgs are going through this stretch of top-25 teams, and Beck is leading the way and putting up numbers. The Georgia Athletic Program and fanbase need to start campaigning aggressively.
What a night for the running backs! Kendall Milton had only nine carries for 127 yards and two touchdowns. That is the Kendall Milton I remember! Thankfully, Milton is finally healthy, and it shows.
Daijun Edwards had another great game running the ball. Edwards had 12 carries, gained 59 yards, and scored two touchdowns. Overall, Georgia ran for 300 yards! Unbelievable job by the big boys up front. Also, the O-line did not give up a single sack. It was just a great night, all for the offense.
I do not know what it is about opening drive touchdowns with this defense, but man, it is starting to get aggravating. I have to be honest; till about the middle of the second quarter, I was worried about the defense. Kirby Smart has talked about the defense, its resiliency, and its ability to make in-game adjustments. Did it ever show more than tonight? Fantastic job all around.
Ole Miss only gained 352 yards, and about 100 of those yards were in junk time. Jaxson Dart only threw for 112 yards, and Quinshon Judkins only had 75 yards on 22 carries, averaging 3.4 carries per attempt. The Dawgs defense stopped an explosive Ole Miss offense, and they did it with many underclassmen.
We all know the Dawgs were banged up on the defensive side of the ball, especially after losing Jamon Dumas-Johnson. C.J. Allen stepped up big-time for the Dawgs. Newsflash: C.J. Allen is a ball player. Allen is fast, physically, and intelligent. It shows when you watch him. Allen is a true freshman. So get ready to see the new Nakobe Dean and Roquan Smith.
This team is the number one team in the country—end of story. There is not much argument in my mind. These Dawgs are not elite, but they are outstanding. This team can absolutely win another national title. There is not an elite team out there this year in the CFB landscape, and that is why I think the Dawgs are primed for another title.
Oh, I forgot to mention that Georgia is also the SEC East champion for the final time! I know fans and the media now overlook the fact that Georgia won the East, but I remember when winning the East was the biggest goal for this program. So give Georgia their roses for winning the East for the third time in three consecutive years.
Now, the Dawgs look ahead to the trip up to Knoxville and take on the Tennessee Volunteers. It is a testy game, and I am sure the media will say the Dawgs are on upset alert for the 3rd week in a row. But for now, we should win and enjoy having one of the greatest coaches in College football!