ATHENS — For the first time all season, quarterback Stetson Bennett had to take a snap in the fourth quarter. The defense needed to make a stop. The offense had to convert on a fourth down in the red zone.
All of those things happened on Saturday because the Bulldogs were less than stellar in the first three quarters of the 39-22 win over Kent State. The Bulldogs move to 4-0 on the season, while Kent State drops to 1-3.
This was a Kent State team that wasn’t going to be overwhelmed having already played Oklahoma and Washington. The Golden Flashes hung around in the game far longer than many expected at the start of the day.
Georgia was a big reason for that, with some sloppy play in the opening half, coupled with some real offensive success for Kent State. Losing the turnover battle will make any game closer than it should be, even with a massive talent gap between the two sides.
The Bulldogs have now been less than their perfect selves in their first two home games of the season. Maybe it’s a good thing Georgia goes on the road next week as it takes on Missouri. The Bulldogs also won’t have another non-conference game until the final game of the season, as their next seven games come against SEC foes.
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