Georgia Bulldogs Quarterback Stetson Bennett still goes into games with that chip on his shoulder trying to prove that he is an elite quarterback. He was far from anyone’s mind that he would be the quarterback to bring Georgia their next National Championship since the win over Notre Dame in 1980. That rested on the hands of transfer JT Daniels last year, but he couldn’t stay on the field due to injury and Bennett took advantage of his opportunity…again!!! Daniels is currently 1-2 starting for West Virginia while Bennett is now a national champion plus in consideration for a Heisman.
Game Notes versus South Carolina
The #1 Georgia Bulldogs headed east on interstate 20 last Friday to play the Gamecocks of South Carolina the next day. South Carolina has always given the Bulldogs fits, especially in Columbia. Their last lost to South Carolina did come in Athens though in 2019 when place kicker Rodigo Blankenship missed a last second field goal and lost 17-20. But that was a different team then, but still dominant. Sometimes you can’t win every game, Georgia fans can relate. But Head Coach Kirby Smart has a dominant team that has years and years of success ahead.
Once again Georgia started out strong and had South Carolina on their heels the entire ballgame. The Bulldogs built a 48 point lead in large part to Bennett’s arm and the hands and feet of Tight End Brock Bowers. The Gamecocks scored late in the game in mop up duty with all backups in the game for the Bulldogs defense. Final score had Bulldogs on top 48-7. Players of the game on offense were both Bennett and Bowers. Bennett was 16/23 and threw for 284 yards and two touchdowns. He also used his legs and ran in for one score as well. Bennett still hasn’t played in the fourth quarter because the team has had such a huge lead going into the final quarter of the game.
Bowers has been a constant thorn in defense’s sides, and last Saturday was no different. Drive of the game was from Bennett to Bowers up the middle for a 78-yard catch and run for a touchdown. Bowers ended up catching all five passes that came his way for 121 yards on two scores.
After three games this season the Bulldogs have scored a total of 130 points; 49, 33, and 48.
Can’t say enough about the defense. This defense suffocates opposing offenses and Head Coach Kirby Smart is the reason. His recruiting and style of defense is unmatched in the college game. After three games last year, the defense had given up 13 points, this year only 10 with one shutout. They are giving up a whopping 3.3 points a game. They finished the season last year giving up only 7.7 points per game. Still a long way to go in this season.
Freshman Safety Malaki Starks has already shown he is a stud. He has intercepted the ball two times, one was an acrobatic pick versus Oregon in game one. His defensive awareness has already shown and he deserves to play each game.
Next Game: Georgia (3-0) host Kent State (1-2) from the Mid American Conference. Game set for this Saturday, September 24 on ESPN+ at 12:00pm EST. Catch my write-up next week on this game.