ATHENS — Georgia football coach Kirby Smart likes to say his team plays to a high standard each game, regardless of opponent.
The No. 3-ranked Bulldogs (3-0) appeared to do that for the most part for at least one half en route to a 49-7 win over Middle Tennessee (1-2) on Saturday at Sanford Stadium.
Georgia 49, Middle Tennessee 7
THIRD QUARTER SCORING
Georgia 49, Middle Tennessee 7, 6:33: Jayson Stanley 9-yard pass from Justin Fields (Rodrigo Blankenship kick). Drive: 10 plays, 90 yards, 4:36. B
SECOND QUARTER SCORING
Georgia 42, Middle Tennessee 7, 0:23: Justin Fields 15-yard run (Rodrigo Blankenship kick). Drive: Five plays, 59 yards, 0:54.
Georgia 35, Middle Tennessee 7, 2:14: Riley Ridley 12-yard pass from Jake Fromm (Rodrigo Blankenship kick). Drive: four plays, 74 yards, 2:01. Big Play: Jeremiah Holloman 65-yard pass from Fromm to MTSU 14-yard line.
Georgia 28, Middle Tennessee 7, 4:21: Patrick Smith 41-yard pass from Brent Stockstill (Crews Holt kick). Drive: Eight plays, 75 yards, 2:58.
Georgia 28, Middle Tennessee 0, 7:19: Mecole Hardman 70-yard punt return touchdown (Rodrigo Blankenship kick). Drive: One play, 70 yards.
– J. R. Reed forced fumble, Richard LeCounte recovers at Georgia 29, 12:23 mark.
Georgia 21, Middle Tennessee 0, 14:51: Tyler Simmons 56-yard run (Rodrigo Blankenship kick). Drive: Six plays, 94 yards, 2:40. Big Play: Isaac Nauta 20-yard pass from Justin Fields to Georgia 32.
Tyler Simmons 56 Yd TD run!
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FIRST QUARTER SCORING
– Fields enters game, UGA fourth series, 2:31 first quarter, first-and-10 Georgia 6 after change of possession
Georgia 14, Middle Tennessee 0, 4:02: Jeremiah Hollomon 11-yard pass from Jake Fromm (Rodrigo Blankenship kick). Drive: Five plays, 49 yards, 2:00. Big Play: James Cook 13-yard reception from Fromm to MTSU 20.
– Deandre Baker interception at Georgia 25, returned 26 yards to MTSU 49
Georgia 7, Middle Tennessee 0, 11:24: Mecole Hardman 5-yard pass from Jake Fromm (Rodrigo Blankenship kick). Drive: Seven plays, 87 yards, 3:46. Big Play: Elijah Holyfield 66-yard run to MTSU 7-yard line.
– Middle Tennessee wins the toss, defers