Georgia 20, Arkansas 14

Georgia rolls up 513 yards total offense and rallies past Arkansas with some help from the Razorbacks before a crowd of 71,644 fans at Reynolds Razorback Stadium

FAYETTEVILLE – At least the University of Arkansas' football program can take solace in the fact that it won't be playing another game in the month of October this season.

No. 6 Georgia made it the second straight October that the Razorbacks would go without a win by taking advantage of the home team's miscues for its final 10 points and edging the Razorbacks 20-14 before a crowd of 71,644 Saturday night at Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

Senior quarterback David Greene threw for a career-high 382 yards, running back Thomas Brown rushed for 107, Fred Gibson and Reggie Brown both had over 100 yards receiving in the win.

The Georgia defense forced two big fumbles in Arkansas territory as the Bulldogs (6-1, 3-1) kept their SEC Eastern and national title hopes alive with the win.

Injured Arkansas quarterback Matt Jones passed for 181 yards and rushed for 21 for the Razorbacks (3-4, 1-3), but did not finish the contest after being hit by Georgia All-American defensive end David Pollack and turning the ball over in the middle of the fourth quarter.

Razorback senior defensive end Jeb Huckeba was named the Crip Hall award winner as outstanding senior player in the homecoming game. Arkansas led 14-10 at halftime and looked like it had a chance to keep from losing its third straight, but DeCori Birmingham's fumble deep in his team's own territory led to Green's 10-yard touchdown pass with 4:48 left in the third quarter.

Pollack's big play set Georgia up inside the Arkansas 10 and although the Razorback defense kept the Bulldogs out of the end zone, Andy Bailey kicked a 24-yard field goal for a 20-14 lead with 7:40 remaining in the contest.

Arkansas, which has an open date next Saturday before traveling to South Carolina for another SEC clash on Nov. 6, lost all four October games last season and all three this campaign.

The Razorbacks had the chance to jump out front on its first possession of the game after Vickiel Vaughn forced a Reggie Brown fumble after he had caught a pass and raced to the UA 27 on the game's first play.

Darius Vinnett picked up the fumble and returned it four yards and Arkansas quickly went on the attack.

Jones hit Monk for 17 yards on the series' third play and then went up top to Steven Harris for 31 more yards to set up Arkansas at the Georgia 6.

But Chris Balseiro missed a 24 yard field goal attempt to leave the game scoreless with 12:06 left in the first quarter.

The Razorbacks did however take the lead on the next series when Jones threw into double-coverage and Marcus Monk caught a 17-yard pass for a score. The play capped a 5-play, 68-yard drive and Balseiro's PAT made it 7-0 at the 7:59 mark.

Georgia cut its deficit to 7-3 when Bailey drilled a 31-yard field goal to cap off an 8-play, 59-yard drive by the Bulldogs with 3:55 left in the opening quarter.

The Bulldogs then looked all poised to take the lead when Georgia quarterback David Green hooked up with Fred Gibson, who beat Georgia native Michael Grant deep for a 79-yard pickup to the Arkansas 7.

Arkansas defense stiffened and stopped Danny Ware on a 4th-and-goal from the 1, turning the ball over.

The visitors did take the lead the next series when Green hit Gibson for a 5-yard score, the last play of a 7-snap, 50-yard effort that surged Georgia ahead 10-7 when Bailey drilled the PAT with 4:37 left before halftime.

Arkansas then got a big break when Jeb Huckeba sacked Green and forced a fumble that fellow defensive end Marcus Harrison scooped up and ran in 18 yards for a score. Balseiro's PAT made it 14-10 with just 1:29 remaining before intermission.

Georgia's Bailey then missed field goals of 31 with two seconds left in the first half and 46 with 7:16 left in the third quarter.

The Bulldogs did finally grab the lead when just minutes after the missed second field goal attempt when Odell Thurman caused the Birmingham fumble and Derrick White picked up up and raced 8 yards to the Arkansas 34.

Greene connected with tight end Leonard Pope for 10-yard touchdown pass five plays later and Bailey's PAT put Georgia up 17-14 at the 4:48 mark.



DeCori Birmingham carries the ball against Georiga.



Matt Jones and Peyton Hillis visit during the game.



Houston Nutt leads the team onto the field before the game.

Photos by Tom Ewart

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