Pollack Makes Big Play
But the two-time All-American defensive end from Georgia picked the right time to finally make his big play.
With a first-half sack of Jones bringing him within a half-sack for the Bulldogs' all-time record, Pollack could only hurry the elusive Jones a couple more times before Arkansas got the ball back trailing 17-14 with 9:32 to play in the fourth quarter.
Facing third-and-7 from the Razorbacks 23, Jones barely had a chance to move on his still tender groin, injured last week on the first play against Auburn.
Georgia brought cornerback Paul Oliver on a blitz and he forced Jones to his right out of the pocket.
"I don't really remember who they brought," said Jones, who admitted his hamstring started cramping up on the previous series. "I tried to turn and throw the ball away, but I couldn't."
Jones stiff-armed Oliver briefly, but Oliver got a hold of Jones' legs much the way Larry Dibbles of Texas brought down the 6-foot-6, 237-pound quarterback six weeks ago.
Jones was struggling to stay on his feet and Pollack knew all about his tendency for fumbling, especially after he had it punched out of his hands and out of bounds during the third quarter.
Pollack pounced on the hog-tied Jones, bending him backward and ripping the ball away.
"Matt likes to carry it out loose and I just tried to rake it out," Pollack said. "I got it."
The turnover at the Arkansas 8 set up a field goal after the Razorback defense rose to the challenge yet again, but Jones was done for the night with his groin reinjured and his hamstring cramping up from favoring the original injury.
"To get the strip was huge," said Georgia coach Mark Richt. "It changed the momentum even though we only got three points."
Arkansas had to bring in redshirt freshman quarterback Robert Johnson, who took most of the first-team snaps this week with Jones injured, but the Georgia defense took advantage and held Arkansas to two drives of a total minus-4 yards to end the game.
"Any time he goes down, it hurts," said Arkansas coach Houston Nutt. "He was cramping up a lot, but I still thought we'd win. I thought we'd pull out a drive. But they love moving (Pollack) around.
"It gets real tough when they pin their ears back."
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