Georgia downs Kent State to stay unbeaten

Earlier in the week, Kent St. head coach Sean Lewis said the 2022 Georgia football team “had the greatest collection of talent that has ever been assembled on a football team.”

That certainly did not look the case on Saturday as the 45 point favorite Bulldogs stumbled their way thru a lackluster afternoon but managed to hang on for a 39-22 win over the Golden Flashes. .

Georgia (4-0) led 26-13 at the half despite turning the ball over three times in the first 30 minutes with an interception, a fumble, and a muffed punt.

Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett played an entire game for the first time this season going 27-36 for 272 yards while also throwing his first interception of the season. Bennett also scored on a one yard run in the first half.

“They’re a good football team,” Bennett said. “I don’t know if we were awake to start, it was a noon kick. I thought we had a great week of practice. But an interception, fumble, a dropped punt, you just can’t have those.”

All-America tight end Brock Bowers had another strong game as he caught 5 passes for 60 yards. He also scored on two rushing touchdowns, including a 75 yarder on Georgia’s first possession.

The Georgia defense had its worst day of the season. The Bulldogs were allowing an NCAA best 3.3 points per game, but allowed Kent State to score on five different possessions as the Golden Flashes produced two touchdowns and three field goals.

Kent State falls to 1-3 with the loss.

“I’m really pleased with the way that our kids fought,” Lewis said. “I’m really pleased with the way that they battled and went about their business.”

Georgia gets back in action next Saturday as the Bulldogs travel to Missouri for a 7:30 E.T. kickoff. Georgia’s next home game will be October 8 when Auburn visits Athens. Kickoff for that game is TBD.

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