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#1 UGA "Struggles" In 17 Point Win Over Kent State
By Don Stone - Georgia Football Magazine and Football Atlanta
Its a perfect autumn football day in Athens
with blue skies and temperatures in the low 70s.
Maybe it was looking past Kent State at a looming schedule of seven straight SEC games. Maybe it was thinking this game would be a mismatch. Maybe it was like Kirby Smart said that this was a really good Golden Flashes team that shouldn't be overlooked.
Whatever the reason, the Bulldogs seemed lackluster. Its not that the outcome was ever in doubt, but, the reigning national champions seemed unable or unwilling to crank up the enthusiasm needed to put them away. It seems odd to say that a 17 point victory wasn't convincing. But, when you turn the ball over three times, its hard to run away with it.
"We thought they were a really good football team and they proved that today," Smart said. "They're going to be tough in that conference because of the teams they've played. Their kids play with great toughness and resiliency. They hit, they strike, they don't run from contact. That's SEC football."
SEC play begins for real next week as the Dawgs head to Columbia, Missouri to take on a 2-2 Mizzou team that just lost a last minute 17-14 overtime thriller to Auburn. Gametime is Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on the SEC Network.