Georgia Thrashes Hogs, 38-7

Georgia smashed the Arkansas offense to roll to a 38-7 SEC football victory Saturday at Reynolds Razorback Stadium. The Hogs were without their top two tailbacks and it showed. They didn't go over the 100-yard mark in total offense until late in the third quarter.

Every play seemed to be a struggle for the Hogs whether they tried to run or pass. Alvin Ray, who started at tailback with Cedric Cobbs and Fred Talley both out with injuries, made only one yard on his first five attempts. Without a running game, the Hogs floundered.
The problems with the special teams continued in a horrible first half for the Razorbacks. To compound that, the Arkansas offense disappeared, too.
Georgia opened the game with a 14-play, 55-yard march with quarterback Quincy Carter completing his first three passes. Billy Bennett made a 39-yard field goal to stake the Bulldogs to a 3-0 lead at 9:42 of the first quarter.
The Hogs shot themselves in the foot when they got the ball. Hampton raised up to throw quickly to Boo Williams on a hitch. But Georgia cornerback Jamie Henderson read it perfectly. He stepped in front of Williams to intercept. He sprinted the 35 yards to the end zone to put the Bulldogs ahead, 10-0, less than six minutes into the game.
Things got no better when the Hogs got it back after the kickoff. Not only was Alvin Ray in motion on the first play, but left tackle Shannon Money, hobbled the last two weeks, reinjured his left ankle on the wasted play. He did not return for the rest of the half. Left guard La'zerius White moved to tackle and John Geitner came off the bench to play left guard. That combination could not block Georgia's fabulous right tackle Richard Seymour. Late in the half, the Hogs finally returned White to guard and inserted redshirt freshman Mark Bokermann at left tackle.
The Razorbacks had only a net of 1 rushing yards until backup Brandon Holmes hit a couple of draws in the final minute when Georgia was playing its prevent defense.
The Bulldogs struggled against the Razorback defense, too. They got their 24 first-half points because of awesome field position. Georgia had just 173 yards on 43 first-half snaps.
Georgia did not score after recovering Richard Smith's fumbled punt at the UofdA 14-yard line with 4:08 left in the quarter. An illegal procedure penalty wiped out a TD pass before Carter couldn't grab a high shotgun snap and lost 16 yards to take the Bulldogs out of field goal position.
Arkansas made its initial first down with 38 seconds left in the first quarter, but it hardly caused any consternation for the Bulldogs since it came at the Hogs' own 18-yard line.
The Hogs would punt from their 25-yard line. Richie Butler's boot was almost blocked and went just 29 yards with Georgia taking over at its 46-yard line. They zoomed 54 yards in 11 plays, facing only one third down in the drive. Jasper Sanks scored from the 2-yard line, catching his balance with a hand to the ground at the 3-yard line in a nifty display of balance. It was 17-0 at 8:56 of the second quarter.
Georgia wasted another opportunity when it took possession at the Arkansas 35-yard line after an 18-yard punt return with a late hit tacked on for another 15 yards. They would eventually punt after two deep passes (with receivers open) went incomplete.
The Bulldogs drove 64 yards in six plays to make it 24-0 on a perfectly executed option play from Carter to Bruce Thornton for the final 211 yards. That set the halftime score with 2:04 left.
The Hogs did come to life in the final two minutes to notch three first downs and 56 of their 80 first-half total yards. With Brandon Holmes running for 16 yards and Hampton hitting four short passes, the Hogs did finally throw a ball into the end zone on the final play of the half. Williams got a hand on the pass as he was shoved out of bounds just across the goal line.
It left the Hogs scoreless in the first half for the first time since Ole Miss did it in 1997. Attendance was 51,162.
The second half didn't start any better for Arkansas. A sack on second down when Georgia's coverage was superb made the Hogs go three plays and out to open the half.
Georgia was stopped when Carlos Hall forced a 7-yard loss, but the Hogs didn't help themselves with another kicking game mistake. They had to start on their goal line when Richard Smith fair caught a punt at the 6-yard line.
The Bulldogs clipped on the punt, but still had only 44 yards to cover. They did it in two plays. Carter rolled left and found Damien Gary open over the middle on a hook. Gary got an escort from his tight end for the 44-yard TD play. It was 31-0 at 8:52 of the third quarter.
The Hogs turned it over on their next try when Hampton threw into double coverage for Michael Snowden. Tim Wansley intercepted at the UofA 49-yard line. The Hogs put their second defense on the field and the Bulldogs needed only six plays to put it in the end zone. Jasper Sanks covered the final 14 yards on a power run over his right tackle. It was 38-0 at 4:54 of the third quarter.
The Hogs got the bulk of their total offense on a 17-play, 98-yard TD drive from its own 2-yard line midway through the fourth quarter. Hampton completed nine passes in the march, four of them to Sparky Hamilton (two of them on fourth down).
The Hogs got their touchdown on a fourth-down play, a 6-yard pass from Hampton to Michael Snowden. The sophomore quarterback waited patiently as the Hogs flooded the end zone with four receivers. He found Snowden alone at the 8-yard line. The senior wide receiver sprinted to the pylon, sneaking the ball past two Georgia defenders for the touchdown. Brennan O'Donohoe booted the extra point to make it 38-7 with 4:33 to play.

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