Learning from last season: Arkansas

After the attacks of September 11th football did not seem very importaint. Georgia and Arkansas looked sloppy and out of practice when they met in late September. Could Georgia recover from a close loss to South Carolina? Was Arkansas' offense as bad as it looked?

Football seemed meaningless compared to the tragedy of the attacks on September 11th. Still, Arkansas and Georgia squared off against one another in a SEC showdown. Georgia looked awful as did Arkansas. The game was a mess. It was sloppy and neither team looked like they were focused on football.

The Dawgs racked up 122 yards in penalties; those coming on 13 infractions. The Hogs were not much better as they had 14 penalties for 97 yards. The two team's combined 27 penalties are the most in a Georgia contest since 1964. The game was sloppy.

David Greene was outstanding, however, as he threw for 298 yards on 20 throws. Greene also threw two touchdowns. Greene had career highs in attempts, yards passing, and touchdown passes.

Musa Smith was also impressive against the Hogs. He scored the go ahead touchdown in the 3rd quarter from one yard out. Smith also gained 95 yards on 25 carries.

Jermaine Phillips had 11 tackles on the night and played spectacular.

What we learned:

We learned that Georgia looks sloppy after bye weeks. Georgia did not win one game in the 2001 season after a week or more off. The offense was clicking with over 450 yards, but continuously shot themselves in the foot with penalties. We also learned that Arkansas was a lot better than they looked earlier in the season.

What was said:

"He got his body and broke the plain from two yards out. Musa got his pads and helmet over the line. Its 26 to 20, which may not mean a lot tonight." Larry Munson on Musa Smith's go-ahead touchdown in the 3rd.

"I thought we looked pretty good at times. We did some outstanding things. It was great to get a win. It was great to continue to see the guys play their hearts out. I was glad to see the effort and glad to get the victory," Georgia's Mark Richt

"We had a great game, not just me. David Greene threw great and all of the guys on the offensive line blocked great. Every one just played awesome. I wanted to make the big play, but it just wasn't me," Georgia's Randy McMichael

Friday: a look back at the Tennessee game
Monday: a look back at the Vanderbilt game

Dean Legge can be reached here: dean@dawgpost.com

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