To say Georgia’s home opener against FCS member Murray State didn’t start out the way head coach Kirby Smart wanted would probably be one of the day’s bigger understatements.
At least the finish was certainly to his liking, as the third-ranked Bulldogs woke up from a first-quarter siesta that saw the score tied at seven to roll to a 63-17 victory on Saturday afternoon in Athens, Ga.
A 35-point second quarter by the Bulldogs (2-0) put the game away.
It was a good day to pad the stats.
Quarterback Jake Fromm was efficient, completing 10 of 11 passes for 166 yards and one touchdown before coming out late in the second quarter to rest the rest of the game. He was replaced by
Stetson Bennett, who completed 9 of 13 passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns on throws of 15 and 25 yards to Demetris Robertson and Dominick Blaylock, respectively. Bennett also scored on a 2-yard run.
Seven Georgia backs combined to rush for 269 yards.
Redshirt freshman Zamir White led the Bulldogs with eight carries for 72 yards and a touchdown, followed by D’Andre Swift who ran for 67 yards and two touchdowns before coming out in the second quarter.
Running back Brian Herrien, wide receiver George Pickens and safety J.R. Reed also scored for the Bulldogs, the latter finding the end zone on a 14-yard fumble recovery. Reed’s play helped regain the momentum for Georgia, making the score 21-7 after the Racers (1-1) tied the game at 7 midway through the first quarter on a 60-yard touchdown pass from Preston Rice to Florida transfer Daquan Green.
Murray State’s other touchdown came on a 35-yard interception early in the third quarter by defensive back Nigel Watson. A 26-yard field goal in the third quarter by Gabriel Vicente capped the scoring for the Racers (1-1), who were led by quarterback Preston Rice who completed 20 of 25 passes for 216 yards and the one touchdown to Green.
--Field Level Media