EditorsNote: corrects Cook’s scoring run to 37 yards; McIntosh’s score to 62 yards; minor editing
Another game, another easy victory for No. 3 Georgia in Athens, Ga.
Saturday’s 55-0 win over Arkansas State marked the third straight game in which the Bulldogs (3-0) have cruised over an out-manned opponent before taking a step up in competition next week against No. 7 Notre Dame.
Quarterback Jake Fromm statistically had what was his best day of the year.
The junior completed 17 of 22 passes for 279 yards and three touchdowns before coming out after James Cook scored on a 37-yard run to cap the Bulldogs’ first possession of the third quarter.
There was plenty more offense to come.
Backup quarterback Stetson Bennett replaced Fromm and completed 9 of 10 passes for 109 yards for Georgia, which piled up 656 yards (388 passing, 268 rushing).
D’Andre Swift led the way with nine carries for 76 yards and had two receptions for 64, including one catch that he took in for a 48-yard score.
Cook, Brian Herrien, Zamir White and Kenny McIntosh each had touchdown runs, with the McIntosh taking in his first career score from 62 yards out.
Meanwhile, Arkansas State was only able to muster one drive of note, that coming late in the game against Georgia’s backup defense before falling short on a fourth-down play at the Bulldog 13 on an interception by freshman Lewis Cine.
The Red Wolves managed just 220 yards of offense, including just 43 the ground.
Quarterback Logan Bonner, who came in completing 62 percent of his passes, finished 20 of 35 for 124 yards.
Georgia jumped out to 34-0 halftime lead and never looked back, much to the delight of the crowd. Many in attendance wore pink to honor the memory of Wendy Anderson, the wife of Arkansas State head coach Blake Anderson, who passed away in August from breast cancer.
All three of Fromm’s touchdowns came in the first half, first connecting with freshman Dominick Blaylock on a 60-yard score, followed by a screen pass to Swift that went for a 48-yard touchdown. A 5-yard touchdown pass to Lawrence Cager capped the first-half scoring for the Bulldogs, who found the end zone during their first offensive possession on a 3-yard run by Herrien.
Kicker Rodrigo Blankenship added a pair of field goals.
—Field Level Media