ATHENS — Kirby Smart’s initial thoughts on the G-Day Game indicate the fourth-year head coach felt it was a win for Georgia football.
“I’m excited about the tight nature of the game and the back and forth battle,” Smart said on Saturday afternoon.
“I like it when both quarterbacks get to compete and do two-minute (offenses) and the guys get to play, so that was really good from a competitive standpoint.”
The Red Team — made up of the first-team offense and second-team defense —scored a 22-17 victory in the intrasquad scrimmage before an announced crowd of 52,630 at Sanford Stadium.
The Black Team consisted of first-team defense members and the second-team offense.
Georgia football coach Kirby Smart opening comments
It was an impressive display of support considering the 48-degree temperatures and intermittent rain before and during the game in Athens.
Smart joked he wasn’t even sure if he would come to observe a game in such conditions and thanks the Bulldogs’ fans for their support.
Some of the best news of the day, Smart said, was that none of the players sustained any major injuries.
“I got to see the look in some guys’ eyes, that they were out there competing and playing hard, that part was good,” Smart said. “No major injuries, which is also good.”
There were 115 plays in the scrimmage consisting of 83 passes and 32 run plays.
Smart indicated part of the imbalance had to do with the two-minute style of offenses run at the end of both halves by both teams, which are passing oriented.
Third-year starting quarterback Jake Fromm was 14-of-29 passing for 116 yards with a touchdown and an interception, UGA keeping most of its offense under wraps.
Backup quarterbacks Stetson Bennett and D’Wan Mathis both impressed.
Bennett, the more seasoned of the two with a year at UGA and a year in junior college under his belt, was a combined 12-of-23 passing for 210 yards with a touchdown splitting his time between the first-team and second-team offense.
Mathis, a freshman early enrollee, was 15-of-28 passing for 113 yards with an interception, but also, a 39-yard TD reception on a reverse pass.
Tailback Brian Herrien was the total yardage leader, the senior carrying seven times for 25 yards and catching three passes for 50 yards and a touchdown.
D’Andre Swift flashed his explosive open-field skills with three carries for 39 yards and three catches for 17 yards.
Georgia tight end Charlie Woerner and receiver Trey Blount split team honors with five catches, Woerner with 44 yards and Blount with 69 yards.
J.J. Holloman, the team’s leading returning receiver, had three catches for 54 yards and a touchdown.
Georgia football coach Kirby Smart takes questions