NCAAF Game Recap - Arkansas State at Georgia
Sat Sep 14, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

Clem
41
Syr
6
F
Ala
47
SCar
23
F
ArkSt
0
UGA
55
F
NWSt
14
LSU
65
F
Okla
48
UCLA
14
F
OHSt
51
Ind
10
F
NM
14
ND
66
F
Kent
16
Aub
55
F
Fla
29
KY
21
F
IdSt
0
Utah
31
F
Tex
48
Rice
13
F
Pitt
10
PSU
17
F
Mont
3
Oreg
35
F
Lamar
3
TxAM
62
F
Stan
27
UCF
45
F
AzSt
10
MSU
7
F
Iowa
18
IASt
17
F
WaSt
31
Hou
24
F
MD
17
Temp
20
F
PorSt
10
Boise
45
F
Hawaii
20
Wash
52
F
USC
27
BYU
30
F OT
FlaSt
24
UVA
31
F
UNC
18
Wake
24
F
Kans
48
BC
24
F
K St
31
MisSt
24
F
E Mi
34
Ill
31
F
NCSt
27
WVU
44
F
Furm
17
VaTec
24
F
Chat
0
Tenn
45
F
MiaOH
13
Cin
35
F
Cit
27
GATec
24
F OT
AF
30
Colo
23
F OT
Norf
7
CoCar
46
F
FlAtl
41
Ball
31
F
Akr
24
C Mi
45
F
ECU
10
Navy
42
F
Army
31
UTSA
13
F
OkSt
40
Tuls
21
F
Mem
42
SoAl
6
F
UNLV
14
NW
30
F
GaSo
32
Minn
35
F
SouLA
29
Miss
40
F
Lou
38
W Ky
21
F
ColSt
34
Ark
55
F
B-C
0
MiaFL
63
F
CAPly
7
OreSt
45
F
NorTx
17
Cal
23
F
Idaho
16
Wyo
21
F
LaTec
35
BGSU
7
F
SMiss
47
Troy
42
F
SCSt
16
SoFL
55
F
Buff
17
Lib
35
F
UMass
17
Char
52
F
Ohio
31
Marsh
33
F
GASt
10
WestMI
57
F
Murr
0
Toled
45
F
Web
13
Nev
19
F
TxSt
17
SMU
47
F
Duke
41
MidTN
18
F
UNH
17
FLInt
30
F
SEMO
0
Mizzu
50
F
TxSo
6
ULLaf
77
F
TCU
34
Purd
13
F
MoStU
6
Tul
58
F
SDSU
31
NMSt
10
F
NIU
8
Neb
44
F
TxTch
14
Ariz
28
F

Sep 14, 2019, 12:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Arkansas State (1-2)

0

0

0

0

0

(3) Georgia (3-0)

13

21

14

7

55

No. 3 Georgia romps to another win, 55-0 over Arkansas State
Sat Sep 14, 2019 4:43 PM

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Now, the real season begins for No. 3 Georgia.

Finishing off a dominating run through their first three games, the Bulldogs romped to a 55-0 win over Arkansas State on Saturday. Jake Fromm threw for 279 yards and three touchdowns before taking the rest of the day off, while Georgia's defense turned in a dominating performance.

Bring on Notre Dame.

The No. 7 Fighting Irish will make their first trip ever to Athens next Saturday night, a game that has been eagerly anticipated by Georgia fans ever since the home-and-home series was announced.

"We've played in a lot of big games," coach Kirby Smart said. "They're not going to be intimidated by that."

The Bulldogs (3-0) have yet to be tested, blowing through a stretch that felt more like an NFL preseason by a cumulative margin of 148-23.

"The physical conditioning of playing a four-quarter game, there's only one way to simulate that - play it. And we haven't," Smart said. "But I can't rightfully keep guys out there and not play other players. That's the toughest thing. We've got to be in shape and ready for a four-quarter game the rest of the season."

With thousands of Georgia fans wearing pink instead of red to honor Arkansas State coach Blake Anderson's wife, Wendy, who died last month from breast cancer, the Bulldogs (3-0) took control as soon as they got their hands on the ball. They scored on six of seven possessions in the first half, building a 34-0 lead.

The Georgia defense was equally stout, posting its first shutout since the 2018 opener. The Red Wolves (1-2) went three-and-out four times in the first half and crossed midfield only once, settling for a 50-yard field goal try that faded wide right.

The Bulldogs went to the locker room with a 382-81 edge in total yards, and many of the fans didn't bother coming back to watch the final two quarters.

Brian Herrien got Georgia rolling with a 3-yard scoring run, and Rodrigo Blankenship booted a couple of field goals to make it 13-0 at the end of the first period.

Fromm took it from there.

He connected with Dominick Blaylock on a 60-yard touchdown pass, went to D'Andre Swift out of the backfield for a 48-yard score, and finished it off by zipping a 5-yard TD throw to Lawrence Cager just inside the pylon with less than a minute to go in the half.

Anderson, coaching his second game since returning from a leave of absence, was moved by the support of the Georgia fans. A group of shirtless students sitting in the first row behind the Arkansas State bench painted their upper bodies pink and wrote "Remember Wendy" across their backs.

"One of the classiest moves I've ever seen," Anderson said, choking up. "I would say thank you to all those who showed up today wearing pink or thinking pink. They don't know my wife, they don't know me, and they didn't have to do it. I'm just very grateful and honored and obviously overwhelmed."

The Red Wolves were thoroughly overmatched on the field. Georgia finished with 656 yards total while holding the visitors to 220.

Arkansas State's only decent drive came midway through the fourth quarter, reaching the Georgia 13. But on fourth-and-5, backup quarterback Layne Hatcher's pass was picked off in the end zone to preserve the shutout.

"We needed Georgia to be thinking ahead and looking ahead," Anderson said. "We needed them to make some mistakes. They didn't."

MR. PERFECT

Blankenship made seven extra points, pushing his streak to 173 in a row for his career. He is second in Southeastern Conference history behind Daniel Carlson, who made 198 consecutive PATs at Auburn.

Blankenship also is perfect on five field goal attempts this season. He connected from 29 and 41 yards.

THE TAKEAWAY

Arkansas State: A discouraging performance for one of the Sun Belt's powerhouse programs. The best thing they can do is forget about this one and enjoy the massive $1.8 million check the got for making the trip to Athens.

Georgia: It's hard to get a read on a team that's beaten Vanderbilt, Murray State and Arkansas State. The Bulldogs have been able to get many of their younger players some playing time, which could pay off later in the season. Seven players scored touchdowns, including freshmen Blaylock and Kenny McIntosh and redshirt freshman Zamir White. Freshman wide receiver George Pickens turned in another highlight-reel catch, a toe-tapper along the sideline.

UP NEXT

Arkansas State: Returns home to face Southern Illinois in its final nonconference game before the start of Sun Belt play.

Georgia: Plays Notre Dame for only the third time. The Bulldogs clinched their lone national title with a victory over the Fighting Irish in the 1981 Sugar Bowl. Two years ago in South Bend, Georgia prevailed 20-19 in Fromm's first career start.

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Passing

ArkSt Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
L. Bonner 35 20 57.1 0 124 17 0 64.5
L. Hatcher 5 3 60.0 0 53 45 1 56.7
UGA Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
N. Priestley 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 39.6
J. Fromm 22 17 77.3 3 279 60 0 158.1

Rushing

ArkSt Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
D. Chatman 7 24 3.4 10 0
I. Azubuike 6 15 2.5 6 0
UGA Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
D. Swift 9 76 8.4 39 0
K. McIntosh 4 67 16.8 62 1

Receiving

ArkSt Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
J. Adams Jr. 7 85 12.1 45 0
O. Bayless 7 54 7.7 17 0
UGA Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
D. Blaylock 4 112 28.0 60 1
G. Pickens 5 84 16.8 32 0

Fumbles

Returning

ArkSt KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
B. Edmonds 0 - 0 0 1 8.0 0 8
B. Bowling 1 12.0 0 12 0 - 0 0
UGA KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
T. Simmons 0 - 0 0 1 17.0 0 17

Punting

ArkSt Punt Yds Avg LgPu
C. Grace 10 386 38.6 51
UGA Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Camarda 3 146 48.7 61

Takeaways

UGA Int Yds InTD
L. Cine 1 15 0

Team Stats Comparison

ArkSt UGA
Points For 0 55
Total Yards 220 656
Rushing Yards 43 268
Passing Yards 177 388
Passing Completions / Attempts 23/40 26/33
Turnovers 1 0
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 0/0
First Downs 14 27
Penalties - Yards 2/10 5/41
Time Of Possession 45:45 15:15
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 5/17 4/10
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/1 1/1
Punts - Average Yards 10/39 3/49

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter ArkSt UGA
UGA 5:58 TD Brian Herrien 3 yd run (Rodrigo Blankenship kick) 0 7
UGA 9:32 FG Rodrigo Blankenship 29 yd FG 0 10
UGA 13:52 FG Rodrigo Blankenship 41 yd FG 0 13
2nd Quarter ArkSt UGA
UGA 0:13 TD Dominick Blaylock 60 yd pass from Jake Fromm (Rodrigo Blankenship kick) 0 20
UGA 4:39 TD D'Andre Swift 48 yd pass from Jake Fromm (Rodrigo Blankenship kick) 0 27
UGA 14:06 TD Lawrence Cager 5 yd pass from Jake Fromm (Rodrigo Blankenship kick) 0 34
3rd Quarter ArkSt UGA
UGA 2:58 TD James Cook 37 yd run (Rodrigo Blankenship kick) 0 41
UGA 10:40 TD Zamir White 1 yd run (Rodrigo Blankenship kick) 0 48
4th Quarter ArkSt UGA
UGA 5:53 TD Kenny McIntosh 62 yd run (Rodrigo Blankenship kick) 0 55

Game Information

Stadium: Sanford Stadium, Athens, Georgia
Attendance: 92,746
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