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Georgia Dominates Second Tune Up For SEC Play
By Don Stone - Georgia Football Magazine and Football Atlanta
The Bulldogs are in the middle of an unusual four consecutive home games to start the season. The game was a sellout but a thousand or so chose not to attend mostly due to the level of opponent.
Like last week, UGA got off to a sluggish start not putting up any points offensively until 10:16 in the second quarter when Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint caught a Carson Beck 7 yard touchdown pass to put his team up by 14. A few minutes earlier, Mekhi Mews had ignited the crowd with a 69 yard scoring kick return reminiscent of Brandon Boykin. It was the Dawgs' first TD return since Micole Hardman in 2018.
Star starting safety Javon Bullard limped off the field to the injury tent on Ball State's first drive. He missed the rest of the game.
Georgia began to find a rhythm as Dillon Bell took it in from 21 yards. A Peyton Woodring 35 yard field goal was quickly followed by a Kendall Milton 1 yard score to give the Bulldogs a 31-0 halftime lead.
One thing the Bulldogs wanted to improve on was defense against the running game. Amazingly, in the opener last week against UT-Martin, the Georgia gave up 132 yards rushing at 4.4 yards a touch. Mission accomplished as Ball State was held to just 77 yards and a 2.75 average per carry. The Cardinals had similar frustrations through the air with 147 passing yards.
The Bulldogs continued to add on in the second half with Cash Jones making a nice over the shoulder catch on a 27 yard TD. Roderick Robinson III ran another in from 12.
The only points the Cardinals could muster was a 27 yard field goal late in the game. Carson Beck went 22-30 with 283 yards passing. The ball was evenly distributed to a dozen receivers.
Overall, fans were again not happy with the offense following up Game One's criticism of Beck and Offensive Coordinator Mike Bobo. Interesting since they had outscored their two opponents by a combined 93-10 score. The concern is the level of opponent I those games.
A better test will be next week as SEC play begins with the arrival of South Carolina between the hedges. QB Spencer Rattler is coming off an impressive 47-21 win over Furman where he passed for 345 yards and three touchdowns. He's averaging 348 per game over his last five starts. The Gamecocks lost their opener to a good North Carolina team.
"I mean SEC games are different. There's a different level," said head coach Kirby Smart. "They're going to give us their all. We're at home. It's going to be hot. It's going to be physical and that's what we pride ourselves on. So we're just going to try to be physical and go out there and do our best."
It's a 3:30 p.m. kickoff with the game televised on CBS.