ATHENS, Ga. – Quarterback David Greene passed for 298 yards and tailback Musa Smith rushed for 95 yards to lead Georgia to a 34-23 Southeastern Conference win over the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday night at Sanford Stadium.
Georgia (2-1, 1-1 SEC) earned 459 yards of total offense in handing Arkansas (1-3, 0-3 SEC) its third-straight league defeat.
Arkansas quarterback Zak Clark earned the start for the ailing Ryan Sorahan and responded by completing 17 of 32 passes for 212 yards. Razorback tailback Brandon Holmes earned 44 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries before leaving the game with a sprained left shoulder.
The Bulldogs didn’t waste much time lighting the scoreboard in the first quarter as Georgia drove 72 yards in nine plays in a drive that culminated with a Verron Hayes two-yard touchdown run. Arkansas answered right back with a 78 yard drive that netted a Brandon Holmes seven-yard touchdown run. Arkansas took the lead with the first of three field goals on the night from Brennan O’Donohoe. The 37-yard field goal gave the Hogs a brief 10-7 margin. Georgia’s Billy Bennett booted a career-high 55-yard field goal to knot the score near the end of the first period.
Georgia regained the lead when Greene found Terrence Edwards for a seven-yard touchdown pass. The two teams traded field goals in the remainder of the first half making the score 20-13 Georgia at the break.
Arkansas used a big play in the kicking game to tie the score midway through the third quarter. Marvin Jackson hauled in a punt and raced 74 yards for a touchdown to tie the score. Jackson became the first Razorback since Orlando Watters in 1992 to return a punt for a score.
Georgia made the tie short-lived, however, as the Bulldogs countered with a two-yard run to paydirt by Smith later in the third quarter.
O’Donohoe nailed a 31-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter, but a four-yard touchdown pass from Greene to Randy McMichael with 8:13 to go in the game gave the Bulldogs the winning 34-23 margin.