This is Matt Ryan blogging live from Sanford Stadium. Today at noon the Georgia Bulldogs take on the 12th ranked Arkansas Razorbacks. The Bulldogs are coming off a tough loss at Columbia last week to the Gamecocks and look to rebound today against Arkansas. Arkansas is led by quarterback Ryan Mallet who is arguably the best quarterback in the country and the potential #1 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. This is Arkansas’s first conference game of the year. Yesterday the NCAA ruled that A.J. Green will be ineligible for his full four game suspension, which is not good news for the Dawgs. The Dawgs will need a different play maker to step up today. Georgia won last year’s game in Fayetteville 52-41 and this year’s game is sure to feature some offensive firepower again. Kickoff is 16 minutes away!
Final Score: Arkansas 31, Georgia 24
The story of this game was Ryan Mallet. His 380 passing yards and three touchdowns gave him his first SEC road win as Arkansas’s quarterback. The Razorbacks 3 play 73 yard drive with 47 seconds left in the game showcased their offensive firepower and Mallet’s ability to lead his offense on a game winning drive with seconds remaining. While the passing offense for Arkansas was spectacular they will need to improve their running game to contend for an SEC West championship when Alabama comes to Fayetteville next week. The Razorbacks only ran for 59 yards in the first half.
The Bulldogs ran for a 139 yards and 2 touchdowns. Washaun Ealey became a more effective runner as the game went on and the team had only 1 fumble in this game. Carlton Thomas had a decent game and may see more playing time future games this year. The Dawgs abandoned the passing game in the first half, with Murray only getting 6 pass attempts. He threw 21 passes in the 2nd half which helped Georgia even it up during the 4th quarter. While his completion percentage was under 60%, Murray made up for it with his long pass completions and poise with down by two touchdowns. The quarterback scrambled for some long runs, but he was also sacked six times during the game by the Razorback defense.
This is Georgia’s third straight home loss to an SEC West opponent. They lost to Alabama in 2008 and LSU in 2009. Next week the Georgia Bulldogs travel to Starkville, Mississippi to take on the Mississippi State in the Battle of the Bulldogs. That game will start 7:30 pm eastern time.
Boykin returns it to the 36 yard line. Murray’s pass to the end zone is incomplete.
Arkansas has the ball on the 27 yard line. Mallet’s pass is complete to D.J. Williams for 18 yards. Hogs are on the 45 yard lines. Williams makes another catch this time for 15 yards. Greg Childs makes a 40 yard touchdown catch. Extra point is good. Arkansas 31, Georgia 24.
Ealey rushes 10 yards for the 1st down. Murray is sacked for a loss of four. Carlton Thomas makes the run for 10 yards. 3rd and 4 for the Dawgs. Aaron Murray is sacked by Jake Bequette. 4th and 12.
Arkansas will get the ball on the 20 yard line. Justin Houston tackles Broederick Green for a 3 yard loss. Corenlous Washington makes the stop for the Dawgs. Mallet’s pass is incomplete. 4th and 16 for Arkansas. Arkansas is called for a delay of game. 4th and 21.
Murray completes a deep pass to Durham for 35 yards. Dawgs are on the 17 yard line. Logan Gray runs for 5 yards. Murray’s pass is incomplete to Wooten. Aron White makes a catch for 9 yards. 1st and 3 for the Dawgs. Ealey runs for the touchdown. The extra point is good. Arkansas 24, Georgia 24.
Humphrey returns the kick off to the 23 yard line. Joe Adams gains 7 yards on the reception, after almost gaining negative yards. 2nd and 3. Green rushes 7 yards for the 1st down. Green rushes for a 1 yard gain. Mallet’s pass to Cobi Hamilton is incomplete near sidelines and the crowd s roaring on 3rd and 9. Darryl Gamble pressures Ryan Mallet and a flag is thrown. False start is called Arkansas. 3rd and 14 for the Hogs. Mallet’s pass is incomplete to Adams who is covered by Rambo, but a flag is thrown on the field. Personal foul called on Arkansas. 4th and 28. The chants of U-G-A!!! are now filling Sanford Stadium. False start is called on Arkansas for a 2nd time in a row. 4th and 33. Dawgs will get the ball at the 48.
Aaron Murray is hit and fumbles the ball. Josh Davis recovers the fumble for Georgia. 2nd and 14. Tavarres King catches a pass for 15 yards. Kris Durham makes a deep 46 yard catch to get Georgia to the 5 yard line, but the play is under review. The ruling on the field is confirmed, 1st down Georgia. Murray’s pass is incomplete to Munzenmaier. 2nd and 5. False start called on Cordy Glenn for the offense, 3rd and 10 for the Dawgs. Aaron Murray throws a 10 yard touchdown pass to Tavarres King. The extra point is good. Arkansas 24, Georgia 17
Ronnie Wingo makes a 5 yard reception. Green rushes 2 yards to the 37. Mallet throws an incompletion. Logan Gray returns the punt to the 38 yard line for a 25 yard gain.
Aaron Murray completes a pass to Tavarres King for 21 yards. Ealey rushes 11 yards to the 36 yard lines after breaking several tackles. Murray is sacked for a loss of 5 by Anthony Leon and Tramain Thomas. Rantavious Wooten makes an 11 yard reception Ealey is stopped for no gain. 4th and 3. The Dawgs go for it on 4th down and Murray fails to complete the pass to Aron White.
Carlton Thomas makes the catch for a touchback. Murray’s pass is incomplete to Ealey. 2nd and 10. Washaun Ealey makes a six yard run. 3rd and 4. The 3rd quarter has ended. At the conclusion of this quarter, I’m seeing a lot of Georgia fans heading to the exits, but the majority are remaining to root the Dawgs on.
Maudrecus Humphrey returns to kick off to the 26. Mallet’s pass is incomplete to Williams. Broederick Green rushes 13 yards for the 1st down. Mallet’s pass is broken up by Akeem Dent. 2nd and 10. The pass is complete to Green for a gain of 2. 3rd and 8. John Adams makes a 34 yard reception and then breaks multiple tackles for the huge gain. Green carries to ball for a 3 yard gain. Mallet throws a 22 yard touchdown pass to Ronnie Wingo. Wingo was not being covered by a defender. The extra point is good. Arkansas 24, Georgia 10. Ryan Mallet has 300 passing yards so far.
Dylan Breeding’s punt is out of bounds at the 24. Georgia receives a 12 yard penalty for a personal foul. Rantavious Wooten rushes on a reverse for the 1st down. Durham makes a 7 yard reception. 2nd and 3 on the 30. Carlton Thomas carries for no gain. 3rd and 3. Marlon Brown makes a 10 yard catch to the 40 yard line. Israel troupe makes a 16 yard catch, Georgia is in Arkansas territory. Logan Gray makes an 8 yard catch to the 36. 2nd and 2. Carlton Thomas rushes for 7 yards. Murray’s pass is incomplete to Durham. Ealey is stopped by Rudell Crim for a 4 yard gain. Murray thrown an incompletion to Ealey. Blair Walsh makes the 43 yard field goal. Arkansas 17, Georgia 10.
Mallet’s pass is incomplete to Jarius Wright. Broederick Green carries the ball for four yards. 3rd and 7. Mallet’s pass is incomplete to Joe Adams. 3 and out for the Razorbacks.
Ealey rushes for four yards. Washaun Ealey with a gain of 10 at the 34, first down. Ealey runs for the 3rd time in a row for a gain of 1. Murray runs for 2 and is tackled by Lavunce Askew. Murray’s deep pass to Durham is incomplete. 4th and 7. Butler punts to Joe Adams. Adams calls fair catch.
Wingo rushes for 11 yards. Wingo rushes for a 3 yard gain. False start called on the offense. The pass to Adams is complete for 10 yards. 3rd and 3. Wingo is tackled by Bacarri Rambo for a loss. 4th and 4. Mallet punts the ball for 44 yards.
22 yard return by Branden Smith to the 22. Murray’s pass intended for King is intercepted by Tramain Thomas at the 44 yard line. Unsportsmanlike conduct is called on Tramain Thomas after the play; it’s a 15 yard penalty.
In the first half Ryan Mallet has shown why he could be the top NFL draft choice in April. He has passed for 232 yards and completed 13 of 17 passes. While the Razorbacks passing attack has played great, their rushing offense has been terrible, gaining only 12 yards on 11 rushing attempts. Joe Adams and Greg Childs have provided Mallet with deep threats the entire game. They have combined for 127 receiving yards.
The Georgia Bulldogs have been unable to find a consistent offensive attack like the last game. They have run the ball 22 times, but only gained 68 yards. Murray only passed the ball six times in the 1st half. Murray will need to pass more in the next half for the Dawgs to get some points on the board. Murray has had some big plays on the ground, but needs to pass the ball deeper and avoid the defensive rush. He has been sacked twice so far. While the Dawgs have had no turnovers, penalties are still problems for the team, with seven in the first half compared to four for Arkansas.
The 2nd Half is less than four minutes away.
Munzeimer returns the kickoff. The 1st half is over.
Mallet completes the deep pass to Joe Adams for a 39 yard gain. Hamilton makes the tackle. Rambo pass deflects a ball intended for D.J. Williams. Illegal offensive formation called on Arkansas for 5 men in the backfield . Mallet dumps the ball away for an incompletion. The pass intended for Jarius Hamilton is incomplete. 3rd and 15. Mallet completes a pass to for a 15 yard gain and 1st down. Georgia calls timeout. Zack Hocker kicks a field goal.
Arkansas 17, Georgia 7.
Washaun Ealey rushes for six yards. Murray’s pass is complete to Durham for 2 yards. Ealey receives the direct snap and falls short of the first down. 4th and 1. Arkansas calls time out. Murray rushes for one. Delay of game called on Aaron Murray. 1st and 15. Murray rushes for 18 yards. Ball on the 43 yard line. Ealey rushes for 3 yards. Durham catches a six yard pass. 3rd and one. Murray rushes for another 1st down. Flags are thrown after the play. Personal fouls are called on both sides, the penalties off set each other, 1st and 10. Murray’s deep pass is incomplete to King. Ramon Broadway and Ruddel Crim covered him on the deep pass. Ealey is stopped for a gain of 2. 3rd and 8 on the 44. Murray is sacked by Demario Ambrose. 4th and 16. Offense called for delay of game, 4th and 21. Butler punts the ball out of bounds. :46 seconds to go until halftime.
Hamilton is called for a facemask, a 15 yard penalty, after Child catches a pass for 18 yards. This is Hamilton’s 2nd facemask call of the game. The ball at the 50 for Arkansas. D.J. Williams catches a pass after nearly fumbling the reception for a gain of 2. Wingo carries the ball for six yards to the 42. Knile Davis is tackled for a loss. 4th and 4 at the 44. Arkansas in punt formation. Penalty flag is thrown. False start on the offense. Logan Gray is in the return the punt, but the ball falls out of bounds. Dawgs will get the ball the 20.
The kickoff is returned to the 13. Georgia is called for illegal blocking. Georgia will start on the 7 yard line. Murray rushes 14 yards to get the 1st down at the 21 yard line. Carlton Thomas rushes for 3 yards. 2nd and 7. Kris Durham makes the catch for a 10 yard gain. 1st and 10 at the 34. Murray keeps the ball and gains 4 yards on the rush. Carlton Thomas rushes five yards. 3rd and 1 for the Dawgs. Murray is sacked by Tenarius Wright. Joe Adams calls for a fair catch.
Mallet’s is complete to D.J. Williams for 18 yards but a flag is thrown. Rambo and Jakar Hamitlon make the tackle. Jakar Hamitlon is called for a facemask. Arkansas is on the one. Georgia called for 12 men on the field. Mallet is stopped at the goal line. Knile Davis gets the 1 yard touchdown run. The extra point is good. Arkansas 14, Georgia 7.
Arkanas 7, Georgia 7
0:00: Rantavious Wooten rushes for a loss of 3. Murray rushes for 2 yards. 3rd and 11 at the 10. Murray incompletes a pass intended for Taverres King. 4th and 11. Joe Adams returns to the punt for a touchdown, but a flag is thrown at the 39 yard line for illegal blocking that disallows the 62 yard return. Arkansas takes the ball at the 39 yard line after the penalty. Offside called on Arkansas the rushing play. 1st and 15. Broederick Green rushes for a gain of 6 to the 30. Greg Childs catches a 27 yard pass. Arkansas is at the 43 yard line now. Joe Adams catches a pass for a gain of 24 yards. Bacarri Rambo makes the tackle. Green is stopped by Christian Robinson and Cornelius Washington for no gain.
Humphrey returns the kickoff for 12 yards. Knile Davis gains only a yard on the ground. Mallet pass is incomplete to Gragg. Mallets pass is incomplete to D.J. Williams. 4th and 5. The punter Dylan Breeding fumbles the snap and runs for the 1st down. Georgia calls timeout. 5:49 left in the 1st quarter. 3 yard loss for Ronnie Wingo on the run. Ronnie Wingo makes the catch for a one yard loss. 3rd and 14.Ronnie Wingo catches a 12 yard pass. 4th and 2. Logan Gray calls fair catch at the 11.
Brandon Boykin returns the kickoff for 20 yards. Washaun Ealey rushes for two yards. Aaron Murray’s is complete to Fred Munzenmaier for 7 yards. Ealey gains 7 for the 1st down for the Dawgs. 47 yard reception for Tavarres King. Dawgs at the 10 yard line. Ealey rushes for 4 yards. Ealey gains 4 yards again on a direct snap. Ealey rushes a 3rd straight time for 1 yard gain. Dawgs are going for it on 4th and one. Aaron Murray rushes to his left for the 1 yard touchdown run. Arkanas 7, Georgia 7
18 yard return for Maudrecus Humphrey. Baccari Ramble tackles Knile Davis for a loss of six. D.J. Williams catches a 4 yard pass. Mallet completes to Greg Childs for a 1st down. Mallet’s is broken up by Akeem Dent. Broderick Green runs for a four yard, he is stopped by Brandon Boykin. 5 yard offside penalty for Georgia committed by DeAngelo Tyson. Chris Gragg catches a 57 yard touchdown pass. Extra point is good. Six plays and 79 yards for Arkansas on that drive.
Arkansas 7, Georgia 0