After a first half like that, safe to say Georgia fans are pretty happy with how things are going in the first top-10 matchup of the season in college football.
The Bulldogs hold a 24-3 halftime lead against the No. 7 Auburn Tigers. The first-half performance was a complete 180 from the Arkansas game when Georgia had just 5 points at halftime.
The Georgia rushing attack has been much improved from a week ago, as Zamir White scored two touchdowns and the Bulldogs ran for 130 yards. The defense harassed Auburn quarterback Bo Nix for much of the half and the Tigers failed to get much of anything going when it comes to running the football.
But most fans are talking about the performance of Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett IV. The Georgia quarterback, in his first career start, made a number of great throws for the Bulldogs, with much of his best work coming on third down.
Bennett started the game going 5-of-7 on third down for 81 yards and a touchdown pass to George Pickens. Kearis Jackson and Bennett also had a number of strong hook-ups, as Jackson had 102 receiving yards. Bennett threw for 156 yards on 21 pass attempts.
Nix, meanwhile, threw for 54 yards on 14 attempts. The difference between the two quarterbacks has been the story of the half so far.
As good as Stetson Bennett IV, a 0-star recruit, has been on third down, Bo Nix, a 5-star recruit, has been the opposite.
— Connor Riley (@Kconnorriley) October 4, 2020
Much of the Georgia fan base, which was wondering how the quarterback situation would play out and was even guessing about who would be the starter, was gushing over Bennett’s performance.
Live look at Stetson Bennett. pic.twitter.com/9eD9h91awc
— UGA United (@UGAUnited) October 4, 2020
— Bryce Dixon (@dixonbryce1) October 4, 2020
Stetson Bennett took off the glasses and Georgia fans realize it was meant to be all along.
— taylor denman (@taylorddenman) October 4, 2020
STETSON BENNETT IV FOR HEISMAN
— Jamie Han (@jamiehan) October 4, 2020
The Mailman is delivering tonight pic.twitter.com/wNvFiaYALa
— AXactly (@DawgAXactly) October 4, 2020
Stetson Bennett IV’s 3rd Down scramble on that drive is the reason Georgia got a TD on that drive. Mobility at the QB spot makes even the best defensive calls wrong. Georgia up 7-0
— David Pollack (@davidpollack47) October 4, 2020
So far Stetson Bennett is acing this test against Auburn. Has displayed some nice wheels and has led the Dawgs to 5 of 7 on 3rd downs and a 17-0 lead. https://t.co/WxqwNjmQfO
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) October 4, 2020
— Georgia Football (@GeorgiaFootball) October 4, 2020
Stetson Bennett IV Heisman
— Matt Hinton (@MattRHinton) October 4, 2020
As the Bulldogs continued to build-up the lead, the national media was in amazement at just how much better Georgia was than the Tigers.
Georgia just bullying the Auburn front seven.
— Bud Elliott (@BudElliott3) October 4, 2020
Georgia has better players than Auburn. The end.
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) October 4, 2020
I think Auburn is ready to go home.
— Pat Forde (@ByPatForde) October 4, 2020
Update: Georgia has run 40 plays to Auburn's 14.
Perhaps related: Georgia is absolutely mauling Auburn, now 24-0.
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) October 4, 2020
It hasn’t all been great for Georgia though, as a number of people on the Internet have called out the Georgia crowd and how it was — or wasn’t — following social distancing protocol. A Georgia spokesman did send out this reminder after the game started: Reminder that masks are required by everyone entering the stadium but are not required when sitting in assigned “pods.”
no but seriously wtf is this? pic.twitter.com/iPWQ1VrCjV
— kelsey (@kelseytaysutton) October 4, 2020
"In this study, 15 Georgia fans are referred to as a 'Casey.'"
— Ryan Nanni (@celebrityhottub) October 4, 2020
a future cluster study https://t.co/jFh3U98Cvb
— BUM CHILLUPS AKA SPENCER HALL (@edsbs) October 4, 2020
The second half of the game can be seen on ESPN. The Bulldogs will be without safety Richard LeCounte who was ejected for targeting in the first half.
CLEAN HIT pic.twitter.com/VhWeZmtZwO
— blakejmorgan (@bIakejmorgan) October 4, 2020
The spirit of the rule is flawed in that way. Once you commit your body to contact and a guys head is a foot off the ground there's 0% chance you can execute the hit as coached and not get flagged. https://t.co/tdOsRi1Lzn
— Josh Pate 🎙🏈 (@LateKickJosh) October 4, 2020
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