No. 1 Georgia football defeated Kent State, 39-22 on Saturday in Sanford Stadium to improve to 4-0 in 2022.
For full recap of the Bulldogs’ victory, click here. Complete rundown from the game below.
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3:02 p.m. Georgia football’s Chris Smith gets his third pick of the season
A desperation throw with just over five minutes in the game from Collin Schlee sailed over his receiver’s head to a streaking Smith, who corralled it. Rather than look to move the ball up field, the senior carried the ball out of bounds to set the Bulldogs up at their own 32.
2:58 p.m. Georgia football’s Kendall Milton scores touchdown on lead block by Bear Alexander
Georgia football extends its lead to 39-22 as Kendall Milton rushes for a 1-yard touchdown on a lead block by freshman defensive lineman Bear Alexander. There’s 5:30 to play.
2:40 p.m. Kent State drives for touchdown to cut Georgia football lead down to 10
The Golden Flashes are hanging around and trail the No. 1 Georgia football team 32-22 with 12:13 remaining. A two-point conversion has failed.
2:32 p.m. Kent State pulls out fake punt to end third quarter against Georgia football
Georgia kicked a 32-yard field goal to pull ahead 32-16 and the defense appeared to force a Kent State punt. But the Golden Flashes pulled out a fake punt pass that picked up a first down and now Kent State has the ball at their own 48-yard line when the fourth quarter begins.
2:19 p.m. Kent State goes on a 13-play 70-yard drive to cut Georgia football lead
Kent State kicks a field goal with 5:12 to play in the third quarter and narrows No. 1 Georgia’s lead to 29-16. Remember, the Bulldogs were favored in Vegas by 45.5 points.
1:31 p.m. Georgia football quarterback Stetson Bennett TD provides cushion
Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett got in on a 1-yard touchdown run before the half as he stretched out at the end of the play. Bulldogs lead 26-13 after replay review showed the touchdown stands.
1:22 p.m. Kent State Golden Flashes denting scoreboard again
Georgia allowed just 3 first half points all season before today. Kent State has 13 after its second field goal of the game with Andrew Glass’ second 45-yard field goal of the game.
The Bulldogs lead 19-13 in the final few minutes of the half.
12:58 p.m. Georgia football WR Ladd McConkey second fumble and big play makes tight game with Kent State Golden Flashes
Ladd McConkey was stripped after a catch near the Georgia sideline and Kent State recovered. The Golden Flashes cut the Georgia lead to 12-10 with 11:30 to go in the second quarter after Devontez Walker took a screen pass .56 yards for a touchdown.
12:25 p.m. Georgia Bulldogs freshman blocks punt for points
Georgia freshman Jalon Walker came up the middle to block the Kent State punt out of the end zone for a safety. Georgia leads 9-3 6:51 to go in the first quarter. The Bulldogs have two turnovers.
12:07 p.m. Georgia football tight end Brock Bowers does it again
Georgia’s dynamic offense has some different guys leading the team in rushing touchdowns. Brock Bowers is now tied for second on the team with two after his 75-yard sweep for a touchdown. Stetson Bennett has 3 rushing touchdowns to lead the team. 7-0 Georgia.
11:35 a.m. Georgia Bulldogs freshman Earnest Greene could make debut today
Freshman offensive tackle Earnest Greene could play his first game for Georgia today. He’s been sidelined due to a hamstring injury, but the California native is going through pregame warmups. He worked as a backup at left tackle in the spring. By the way, I haven’t seen wide receiver A.D. Mitchell during pregame warmups. He was expected to be out due to his ankle injury.
11:27 a.m. Georgia football wide receiver Arian Smith going through warmups now
He may not play today, but wide receiver Arian Smith looks smooth running a crossing route during pregame warmups. The fear before Smith’s high ankle sprain surgery was that he may miss the season due to the preseason injury, but he looks to be back sooner than later.
11:20 a.m. Jalen Carter dressed out for Georgia Bulldogs
Star defensive tackle Jalen Carter is dressed out despite the ankle injury he’s been dealing with. He’s going through pregame warmups now. Carter was limited to mostly third and fourth down plays at South Carolina. Given the opponent, it would be surprising to see Carter start and could be limited or held out. And an update on Arik Gilbert from below. He is going through pass catching drills with the tight ends now.
11:07 a.m. Hello again for Georgia football assistant and Kent State player
First-year Georgia defensive backs coach Fran Brown and Kent State safety Naijee Jones greeted each other for a moment on the field pregame near midfield. Jones is a transfer from Rutgers where Brown coached the DBs. Jones and Brown both hail from Camden. N.J. Jones retweeted the announcement of Brown’s hire by Georgia back in February.
10:50 a.m. Georgia Bulldogs ready for ‘different’ Kent State Golden Flashes defense
Kent State ranks 107th in the nation in yards per play allowed—6.13—and is 92nd in scoring defense—29.3 points per game. Of course, that’s a product of playing two ranked teams already—Oklahoma and Washington.
Georgia coach Kirby Smart talked instead about issues his offense could face.
“You go and watch them on defense, they do enough different defensively that it can create issues for you because it’s not what you see every day,” he said. “It’s a little more new-aged defense, which people are playing to affect teams that are on the perimeter more, second level, fitters able to disguise a little more.”
Wide receiver Kearis Jackson likened it to Arkansas with 3 down linemen and dropping players into the secondary. Smart said it’s designed to cut down on big plays and make teams play patiently.
“They play hard,” Jackson said. “I have a lot of respect for Kent State especially what they do on defense. It’s very much different.”
10:28 a.m. Update on three Georgia football players including Arik Gilbert
Tight end Arik Gilbert and wide receivers Arian Smith and A.D. Mitchell are working on the side with head strength and conditioning coach Scott Sinclair pregame doing some jogging. Gilbert, who has dealt with personal issues, did not make the trip to South Carolina after playing in a reserve role the first two games. Smith is coming back from high ankle sprain surgery. Mitchell has been sidelined by a sprained ankle. Smith and Mitchell and not expected to play and Gilbert is probably doubtful.
10:10 a.m. Your Georgia Bulldogs game captains and the referee for Kent State football game
The referee today is Kyle Olson. Georgia’s game captains: outside linebacker Nolan Smith, tight end Darnell Washington, center Sedrick Van Pran-Granger and safety Christopher Smith.
9:49 a.m. UGA baseball coach Scott Stricklin’s Kent State connections
Georgia baseball coach Scott Stricklin got a chance to see Georgia’s opponent last weekend in their blowout win over Long Island.
Stricklin, who played and graduated from Kent State, was back at his alma mater to be inducted into the school’s athletic half of fame. He was a two-time All-MAC catcher. He won 350 games in nine seasons as head coach including a trip to the 2012 College World Series.
9:30 a.m. In case you still have questions about how to watch Georgia football vs. Kent State Golden Flashes
Since you can’t simply flip on a channel to see this game, Georgia sent out some details on how to watch this game on streaming. So let’s pass that along.
The game is on SEC Network+ and ESPN+
Here’s what they said: SEC Network+ is complementary to the SEC Network and accessible at no additional charge to SEC Network subscribers with a customer’s TV provider credentials. It can be accessed through the ESPN App on smartphones, tablets, connected streaming devices or via espn.com/watch.
ESPN+ is a standalone streaming service that requires a subscription separate from a customer’s TV provider credentials. It is available to stream through the ESPN App on connected devices and on ESPN.com.
And this seems to be a question for some: SEC Network+ and ESPN+ are not television channels, but they are available via the ESPN App on your TV through connected streaming services and devices.
So that’s that.