Saturday, October 9, 2021

Post Game Notes

Another Dominating Day For The Defense: Georgia posted a 34-10 road win over No. 18 Auburn who came in averaging 40 points a game. Georgia came in leading the nation in Scoring Defense. The Dawgs now have given up just 33 points on the year, the lowest six-game total since 1935 when they allowed 24.

The leading tackler today was redshirt sophomore Dan Jackson with six. Auburn became the first team to hold a lead on Georgia this season when it made a 24-yard field goal on its opening drive. Auburn failed to score on its next six drives of the first half as they ended with an INT, four punts and turned it over on downs. Redshirt sophomore Zion Logue collected his first career sack, a loss of nine while junior Travon Walker had the other sack in the first half to give him two for the year. Junior Quay Walker picked up his first sack of the year in the second half while Robert Beal and Jalen Carter split a sack as well as the Bulldogs had four total today. Auburn scored only the 2nd TD allowed by the Dawgs this season as Tank Bigsby ran in from four yards out to make it 24-10 in the 3rd. It was the first points the Dawgs have allowed in the third quarter this year.

Bennett Leads Bulldogs To Another Win: Georgia QB senior Stetson Bennett improved to 7-2 as a starter including 3-0 this season. He got the nod in place of the injured JT Daniels (lat) and finished 14-for-21 for 231 yards and 2 TDs. He went 9-for-13 for 144 yards and 1 TD in the first half to build a 17-3 edge. In the second half, Bennett fired a 60-yard TD strike to Ladd McConkey for a 24-3 lead in the 3rd. Bennett also rushed for a career-high 41 yards today including a career-high 30-yard scamper.

Latest Big Road Win In The Series: With the 34-10 win over No. 18 Auburn, Georgia is now 22-11 versus top 25 teams under Kirby Smart including 3-0 this year. The Dawgs have outscored their opponents 239-33 this season including 133-10 in their last three SEC games.

Georgia now has a 62-56-8 edge in the series history including winning 10 out of the past 12 meetings and 17 of the past 21. Today’s 126th meeting makes the series the second most played active one in the NCAA FBS. The Dawgs are 6-1 against Auburn under Kirby Smart. Georgia (6-0, 4-0 SEC) returns to action Saturday at home against No. 16 Kentucky. Kickoff will be at 3:30 pm ET (CBS). Tonight, the Wildcats (5-0, 3-0 SEC) play host to LSU.

Rushing Attack Picks Up Steam In the 2nd Half: Georgia finished with 201 rushing yards today after tallying just 36 in the first half. Senior Zamir White led the team with 18 carries for 79 yards and 2 TDs. He had a one-yard rushing score and then added another on a 10-yard run to give him a team-leading six rushing scores and 20 for his career.

McConkey Headlines Receivers: Redshirt freshman Ladd McConkey had a career-long 60-yard TD reception and finished with five catches for 135 yards, both career highs. True freshman Adonai Mitchell (2 rec., 10 yards) got his 2nd receiving TD, a three-yarder for a 17-3 edge in the second quarter. Sophomore TE Darnell Washington, who missed the first four games due to a foot injury, notched his first catch of the season, a 25-yarder.

Points Off Turnovers: Georgia scored 3 points off one INT while the Tigers did not force any turnovers. Junior Nakobe Dean notched his first career interception, getting it at the AU 26. It was the eighth for the Dawgs. It led to a 23-yard field goal and a 3-3 game with 2:55 left in the first quarter.

Special Teams Summary: Senior punter Jake Camarda finished with three punts for a 45.7 average.
Junior Jack Podlesny was 4-for-4 on PATs plus was 2-for-3 on field goals (made 21 & 23, missed 43). He is 9-for-12 on FG attempts this season and 30-for-30 in PATs.

For Starters & Game Captains:
Georgia had one first-time starter in senior Adam Anderson (OLB). The captains were senior Quay Walker (LB), junior Warren Ericson (C) and senior Devonte Wyatt (DL). Georgia won the toss and elected to defer the football until the second half.

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