Georgia football fans earn national praise for role in Sanford Stadium ‘Pink Out’
The Georgia Bulldogs picked up their third win of the season on Saturday in dominating fashion, as they came away with a 55-0 win over Arkansas State.
The result had a number of Georgia fans buzzing and garnered some national attention as well.
Beginning with the game, most people were once again in awe of the effort of freshman George Pickens. He finished the game with 5 catches for 84 yards and an unreal toe-tapping catch that would’ve been good at the NFL level.
Myth: Georgia has no wide receivers
Fact: George Pickens and Dom Blalock will be rocking the G for the next three years.
— Wes Jackson (@wesj_42) September 14, 2019
When rival fans assumed Georgia 'didn't have any wide receivers,' they GROSSLY failed to remember the 5-stars in the latest recruiting class.
Dominick Blaylock and George Pickens are turning into 'those dudes,' y'all.
— 960 The Ref (@960theref) September 14, 2019
— Dawg88 (@OkCoolSicEm) September 14, 2019
Pickens is ridiculous
— FOST (@GeorgeFoster72) September 14, 2019
Aj… I mean George Pickens with the catch, got a lil confused there for a sec. 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/ggUznxEcPj
— Tram Dickerson El (@tram_el) September 14, 2019
Another big highlight came in the fourth quarter, as Kenny McIntosh. On the depth chart, he is Georgia’s fifth-string running back.
But based off his 62-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, McIntosh pretty clearly isn’t your average fifth-stringer.
— nostradawgus (@nostradawgus) September 14, 2019
Kenny McIntosh runs 62 yds for a TD‼️
— Georgia Football (@GeorgiaFootball) September 14, 2019
What. A. Touchdown. Run.
Kenny McIntosh! Hits the juke button and takes it for six.
— UGA Football Live (@UGAfootballLive) September 14, 2019
A Touchdown Story, brought to you by Kenny McIntosh. pic.twitter.com/XY6YnG7Bis
— 960 The Ref (@960theref) September 14, 2019
For all the highlights that happened on the field though, the far greater story happened off of it. Thousands of Georgia fans came out in pink to show support for the late wife of Arkansas State coach Blake Anderson.
The Georgia fan base earned high praise from the folks on the College GameDay set as well a number of people across the college football landscape.
Georgia fans are holding a 'pink out' to honor Wendy Anderson, Arkansas State coach Blake Anderson's late wife, who died of cancer
— Bleacher Report CFB (@BR_CFB) September 14, 2019
Arkansas State coach Blake Anderson's wife, Wendy, died Aug. 19 after a two-year battle with breast cancer.
Today, Georgia held a "pink out" in her honor 🙏 pic.twitter.com/vKEfuA2fYl
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 14, 2019
"I'll be honest with you. I teared up and took a little while to compose myself."
Georgia and Arkansas State's pinkout means a lot for Blake Anderson 🙏 pic.twitter.com/5OOzkEY0p8
— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) September 14, 2019
Well done, Athens 👏@GeorgiaFootball had a “pink out” today to honor the wife of Arkansas State’s Head Coach Blake Anderson, who passed August 19 after a 2-year battle with breast cancer. pic.twitter.com/cokFv7QKLM
— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) September 14, 2019
— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) September 14, 2019
— Brian Kemp (@BrianKempGA) September 13, 2019
Very impressed by Georgia fans today. They showed what life is all about – kindness and love.https://t.co/95CLuMmzGq
— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) September 15, 2019
Georgia students painted pink with "Remember Wendy" written on their backs in honor of @AStateFB coach Blake Anderson's wife Wendy. Now that's worth the @tacobell #LiveMasStudentSectionContest Week 3 win. What you think @ESPN_ReceDavis @AschoffESPN @ChaseRiceMusic @TomVH?
— THE™️ David Hale (@ADavidHaleJoint) September 14, 2019
Georgia wide receiver Lawrence Cager — who lost a grandmother to breast cancer — added that he was moved by the fan support.
“It just shows how great a community, a fan base it is to support something like that,” Cager said. “That really touched me. It’s big when something like that happens, so I love it.”
Anderson also shared a similar sentiment when he spoke to reporters after the game.
“It’s been a really emotional week, no doubt,” Anderson said after the game. “There’s been a lot of conversation this week about preparing for today, about the fans. Publicly, I would like to say thank you for all who showed up today wearing pink or thinking pink.”
Georgia’s Spike Squad also gave Anderson a pair of pink shoulder pads afterward as well in an incredibly classy gesture.
— Blake Anderson (@CHbanderson) September 14, 2019
Cool moment after the game, some of the members of the amazing student section presented @CHbanderson with a set of their pink shoulder pads. Class act , Georgia! @RWRCRadio #WearPinkForWendy pic.twitter.com/22wwJxBcq7
— J.C. (@JC_RWRC) September 14, 2019
And to complete the cycle, a number of Georgia players took to Twitter after the game to thank the fans for coming out and supporting the team. Georgia has not lost a home game since the Georgia Tech game in the 2016 season.
— Jermaine Johnson II (@ii_jermaine) September 14, 2019
Mama raised a soldier 🐍💪🏾 https://t.co/YUaHsUUcp2
— Brian Herrien (@brianherrienn) September 14, 2019
— Brini (@Tall_Man26) September 14, 2019
After the dust settled from the Arkansas State win, just about everyone turned their attention to the big Notre Dame game.
This will be the first time the Fighting Irish visit Sanford Stadium. The game is scheduled for an 8 p.m. ET kickoff and fans are already excited about the game.
GEORGIA. NOTRE DAME.
ATHENS, GA📍8PM/ET CBS.
TOP 10 MATCHUP. PRIMETIME.
This game has been circled for a long time. Will be the biggest crowd in Sanford history. Athens will be rocking. Let’s ride. It’s officially game week.
— blakejmorgan (@bIakejmorgan) September 15, 2019
#Georgia Notre Dame week is finally here, y’all.
— Han Vance (@hanvance) September 15, 2019
— 🐶Dwight Standridge🐶 (@doodadawg1) September 15, 2019
— Chuck Cushman (@cush_atc) September 15, 2019
The game also got some added hype on Saturday night, as ESPN’s College GameDay announced it would be coming to Athens. This is the first time College GameDay will be in the Classic City since 2013.
— CFB Kings (@CFBKings) September 15, 2019
Let's go…. https://t.co/xYRKcdDtJ2
— Brandon Adams (@DawgNationDaily) September 15, 2019
— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) September 15, 2019
— UGA Supporters (@Support_UGA) September 15, 2019
— Georgia Football (@GeorgiaFootball) September 15, 2019
The Georgia football-Notre Dame game is set for an 8 p.m. ET kickoff on CBS.
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