Ryan Mallett, Arkansas. The Arkansas quarterback wasn’t as prolific as last year against Georgia, but this time he made the big throws when they were needed most. His play fakes made Georgia bite on two early touchdowns. He set up a field goal at the end of the first half with a 39-yard dart of a completion. And in three passes he took Arkansas from its own 27 into the Georgia end zone for the game-winning score.
There was 1:04 left and Georgia was at midfield, facing third-and-4. After a timeout, Aaron Murray was blind-sided by Arkansas’ Jake Bequette, who went right over the attempted block by tailback Washaun Ealey. Instead of continuing the drive, Georgia settled for what ended up being a weak punt, and three plays later Arkansas took back the lead.
Not playing Caleb King, who has been dealing with an ankle injury. King, who warmed up but didn’t play, is regarded as the team’s best blocking tailback. If King had been in on the Murray sack instead of Ealey, King may have picked up the blitz, and then who knows what Murray could have done.
Quote of the game
“Did we get better, yes we got better. Did we fight valiantly, yes I think we did. Did we finish, no, I think we’ve got to get better at that.” — Georgia head coach Mark Richt
By the numbers
115 – Georgia’s passing yardage on two touchdown-scoring drives in the fourth quarter, compared to 138 for the rest of the game.