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Georgia 38, Mississippi State 19

(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

By ROBBIE FAULK
Associated Press

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Stetson Bennett threw for three touchdowns and No. 1 Georgia overcame a first-half surge by Mississippi State for a 38-19 victory.

With the victory, the East Division champion Bulldogs secured a spot in the SEC Championship game. Georgia will face SEC West champ LSU in Atlanta on Dec. 3

It was a dominating effort by the Bulldogs (10-0, 7-0 SEC, No. 1 CFP), who put up 468 yards of offense. Bennett led the way, going 25 for 37 for 289 yards with two interceptions. Georgia also rushed for 179 yards.

MSU (6-4, 3-4) struggled to consistently produce against Georgia on the offensive side. Will Rogers went 29 for 51 and threw for 263 yards and a touchdown. Mississippi State rushed for just 47 yards on 15 carries. Rufus Harvey led MSU with six catches for 66 yards and a score.

Georgia turned the football over twice on interceptions by Bennett and had another near-turnover in the red zone in the first half when a fumble was nullified after the play was blown dead.

Despite those turnovers, UGA dominated and used a big second half by receiver Ladd McConkey, who ran 70 yards for a touchdown and finished with five catches for 71 yards and another score.

McConkey's first TD on a 70-yard run started off the second half after Mississippi State had closed within 17-12 at the half.

UGA had a 17-3 lead in the second quarter before MSU cut its deficit on a 66-yard punt return by Zavion Thomas in the final seconds of the period.

TAKEAWAY

Georgia gave away a lot of momentum right before the half with a punt return touchdown that cut its lead to 17-12, but the visiting Bulldogs quickly scored in the third quarter and regained control.

Mississippi State threw up another poor offensive performance and lost for the third time in four games.

November 12, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter UGaMissSt
UGa TD 9:50 Brock Bowers 2 yd pass from Stetson Bennett (Jack Podlesny kick) 7 0
Second Quarter UGaMissSt
UGa FG 11:57 Jack Podlesny 28 yd FG 10 0
MissSt FG 5:01 Massimo Biscardi 25 yd FG 10 3
UGa TD 2:29 Stetson Bennett 4 yd run (Jack Podlesny kick) 17 3
MissSt FG 0:51 Massimo Biscardi 36 yd FG 17 6
MissSt TD 0:03 Zavion Thomas 63 yd punt return (failed 2pt pass) 17 12
Third Quarter UGaMissSt
UGa TD 14:13 Ladd McConkey 70 yd run (Jack Podlesny kick) 24 12
UGa TD 9:19 Ladd McConkey 17 yd pass from Stetson Bennett (Jack Podlesny kick) 31 12
MissSt TD 5:17 Rufus Harvey 6 yd pass from Will Rogers (Massimo Biscardi kick) 31 19
Fourth Quarter UGaMissSt
UGa TD 14:55 Darnell Washington 2 yd pass from Stetson Bennett (Jack Podlesny kick) 38 19
UGa TD 2:04 Kendall Milton 34 yd run (Jack Podlesny kick) 45 19
Team Stats
  Georgia Mississippi State
First downs 21 18
  Rushing 4 2
  Passing 14 12
  Penalty 3 4
3rd Down Efficiency 6-13, 46% 3-14, 21%
4th down efficiency 1-1, 100% 0-3, 0%
Rushes-Yards 33-179 15-47
Passing Yards 289 261
Return Yards 19 156
Completions-Attempts-Int 25-37-2 29-52-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 1--7
Punts 3 5
Punts-Average 47.7 36.4
Fumbles Lost 1-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 6-66 5-41
Time of Possession 31:46 28:14
Georgia Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
S. Bennett 25 37 289 3 2
Mississippi State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
W. Rogers 29 51 261 1 0
Georgia Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
L. McConkey 1 70 70.0 1
K. McIntosh 13 41 3.2 0
K. Milton 5 41 8.2 1
S. Bennett 6 14 2.3 1
D. Edwards 6 11 1.8 0
B. Robinson 2 2 1.0 0
Mississippi State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Marks 7 41 5.9 0
D. Johnson 6 9 1.5 0
S. Price 1 4 4.0 0
W. Rogers 1 -7 -7.0 0
Georgia Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
L. McConkey 5 71 14.2 1
K. Jackson 4 69 17.3 0
D. Washington 5 60 12.0 1
B. Bowers 5 41 8.2 1
M. Rosemy-Jacksaint 3 29 9.7 0
D. Edwards 2 18 9.0 0
D. Bell 1 1 1.0 0
Mississippi State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
R. Harvey 6 64 10.7 1
J. Walley 3 52 17.3 0
L. Griffin 4 26 6.5 0
R. Thomas 2 23 11.5 0
C. Ducking 2 20 10.0 0
D. Johnson 4 19 4.8 0
J. Marks 4 19 4.8 0
J. Robinson 2 18 9.0 0
A. Williams 2 10 5.0 0
S. Price 0 10 0.0
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Georgia Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Mississippi State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
C. Duncan 1 13
T. Wheat 1 0
Georgia Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
B. Thorson 3 143 47.7
Mississippi State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
G. Georgopoulos 5 182 36.4
Georgia Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Mississippi State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Z. Thomas 2 71 35.5
Georgia Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Jackson 1 19 19.0
M. Williams 1 0 0
Mississippi State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
L. Griffin 3 63 21.0
S. Price 1 9 9.0
Georgia Missed FG
Player Length
Mississippi State Missed FG
Player Length




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