Whereas Arkansas is assuredly higher than its latest incarnations — 3-7 final season, 2-10 earlier than that and 2-10 earlier than that — the Razorbacks’ efficiency on Saturday indicators that Arkansas isn’t again to being an influence paying homage to the Frank Broyles period. Certainly, the crew’s evisceration on Saturday most likely did extra to gas questions concerning the energy of Texas A&M, a preseason playoff contender that misplaced by 10 to Arkansas final month, than it did to herald the beginning of a dynasty, and even one thing far more modest, in Fayetteville.
Arkansas did, nonetheless, win the coin toss.
The Razorbacks deferred till the second half and, after a touchback, invited Stetson Bennett, Georgia’s second-string quarterback, to trot out within the place of JT Daniels, the injured sign caller who had began for the Bulldogs towards Clemson, South Carolina and Vanderbilt.
The snap got here from the 25-yard line. Bennett, who averaged below 7 yards per carry final season, stored the ball and sped towards his proper, practically choosing up a primary down. The following play introduced the subsequent offensive outburst, this time with the arm of a operating Bennett: a 16-yard move to Ladd McConkey, a redshirt freshman who caught it as two Arkansas defenders drew shut a step or two too slowly.
When Georgia’s drive finally appeared ever so barely imperiled — the Bulldogs confronted third-and-1 — the tailback Zamir White zipped via for a landing, his third of the season and the primary of his two on Saturday.
Georgia’s nine-play, 75-yard, shutout-starting drive, which consumed simply greater than 4 minutes, quickly counted as a relative pleasure for an Arkansas crew that gave up 273 speeding yards to the Bulldogs.
The Razorbacks, uncomfortably positioned for his or her offensive debut close to the chest-painted followers within the first row of Georgia’s scholar part, lined up with KJ Jefferson at quarterback. He had proven talent within the season’s first video games and entered Saturday because the lone SEC quarterback with not less than 800 passing yards and 200 on the bottom this season.
However Southern hospitality goes solely to this point on sport day, right here or in every other SEC city. Jeers and roars swept via the stadium.