Bennett, Georgia D leads No. 3 Dawgs to rout of Oregon

Stetson Bennett threw for 368 yards and accounted for 3 touchdowns, a revamped protection didn’t miss a beat, and No. 3 Georgia seemed very very like a workforce intent of defending its nationwide title with a 49-3 rout of No. 11 Oregon on Saturday.

Bennett accomplished 25-of-31 passes with two touchdowns and ran for one more rating earlier than calling it a day within the third quarter of the season-opener, the Bulldogs main 42-3 and having totally ruined the debut of Oregon coach Dan Lanning.

After spending the final three years as Georgia’s co-defensive coordinator, Lanning received a take a look at his former workforce from the opposing sideline in a recreation performed earlier than a predominantly red-clad crowd on the dwelling of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons.

One terrible efficiency into his head teaching profession, Lanning noticed simply how far the Geese should go.

Bennett, the previous walk-on who led a storybook run to Georgia’s first nationwide title since 1980, returned for a sixth school season with a agency grip on the beginning job after battling for enjoying time most of his profession.

Bennett picked up the place he left off in final 12 months’s Faculty Soccer Playoff, when he was offensive MVP of each the semifinals and the title recreation victory over Alabama.

Bennett guided the Bulldogs to the top zone on all six possessions he performed. He ran for a 1-yard rating and tossed TD passes of 4 yards to Ladd McConkey and 18 yards to Adonai Mitchell.

Carson Beck took over at QB and rapidly made it 7-of-7, tossing an 18-yard touchdown pass to Kendall Milton for the ultimate margin.

There have been some questions in regards to the Georgia protection, which had 5 gamers off the 2021 unit chosen within the first spherical of the NFL draft.

Any doubts have been rapidly put to relaxation by a swarming group that seemed very very like final 12 months’s protection for the ages, making life depressing for brand new Oregon quarterback Bo Nix.

Nix transferred to Eugene after beginning at Auburn the final three seasons. He instantly discovered himself going through a workforce he misplaced to a few instances whereas taking part in within the SEC.

Make it 0-4.

Nix was picked off twice and the one offense he might muster led to Camden Lewis’ 35-yard discipline objective late within the second quarter.

Nix’s frustration was evident when he buried his helmet in his arms after a false-start penalty.

Georgia’s day was epitomized by a brief move to Darnell Washington that became an enormous acquire when the 6-foot-7, 270-pound tight finish shrugged off one defender hitting him excessive and hurdled one other who tried to deliver him down low.

Reporting by The Related Press.

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