Bennett, Georgia D lead No. 3 Dawgs to 49-3 rout of Oregon

by | Sep 3, 2022 | Sports

ATLANTA — Stetson Bennett and the Georgia defense picked up where they left off in last year’s national championship game, even with a bunch of their former teammates now playing in the NFL.Bennett threw for 368 yards and accounted for three touchdowns, a revamped defense didn’t miss a beat, and the No. 3 Bulldogs looked very much like a champion intent on repeating with a 49-3 rout of No. 11 Oregon on Saturday.Bennett completed 25-of-31 passes with two touchdowns and ran for another score in the season opener before calling it a day in the third quarter. By that point, Georgia led 42-3 and had thoroughly ruined the debut of Oregon coach Dan Lanning.Georgia really opened it up on offense, throwing 37 times for 439 yards. “I think when you watch what they did today, if you’re watching from home, you’re saying, ‘Man, I’d love to come play in that offense,'” coach Kirby Smart said.After spending the last three years as Georgia’s co-defensive coordinator, Lanning got a look at his former team from the opposing sideline in a game played before a predominantly red-clad crowd at the home of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons.He saw just how far the Ducks have to go. “That locker room is hurting a little bit,” Lanning said. “But they’re ready to grow.”Bennett, the former walk-on who led a storybook run to Georgia’s fir …

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