It was mostly a tale of two different halves for the Georgia Bulldogs against Arkansas on Saturday. In the first half, the Georgia offense struggled, only mustering a field goal before halftime. But in the final 30 minutes, the Bulldogs exploded for 32 points to cruise to a 37-10 victory.
The difference of play in the two halves mostly coincided with a change at quarterback. D’Wan Mathis started behind center, but he completed under 50 percent of his passes and threw an interception. He also missed a snap that caused Georgia to take a big loss to move out of field-goal range on a key third down.
When quarterback Stetson Bennett played, it was a different story. Bennett orchestrated three touchdown drives in the third quarter, and Georgia pulled away. He also dove for the pylon to convert a 2-point conversion.
Bennett finished 20 of 29 for 211 yards and two touchdowns. Mathis, in his first game action in almost two years, completed 8 of 17 passes for 55 yards with the interception.
Arkansas played hard, but Georgia was fortunate to face one of the weaker SEC rosters during its sloppy season opener. Next week against Auburn, the Bulldogs can’t afford to start so slowly, which could make Kirby Smart’s decision of who to start at quarterback next Saturday a very interesting one.
While DawgNation largely loved what they saw from Bennett and grew frustrated by Mathis’ first game slump, DawgNation is still split on who should be the signal caller moving forward. Check out the best from our Fan Feedback from Facebook: