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Arkansas Razorbacks Game Day


 

GEORGIA at ARKANSAS
6:45 p.m. CT
Fayetteville, Ark.
Reynolds Razorback Stadium (72,000)

 

 



 

LIVE TV: ESPN
[Brad Nessler, play-by-play; Todd Blackledge, color analyst; Erin Andrews, sideline reporter]

 
THE COACHES
Mark Richt is in his ninth season at Georgia and overall with a record of 83-23 (.643). The Bulldogs' offensive coordinator is Mike Bobo and the defensive coordinators are Willie Martinez and John Jancek.
Bobby Petrino is in his second season at Arkansas with a record of 6-7 (.462) and seventh overall with a record of 50-26 (.658). The Razorbacks' offensive coordinator is Paul Patrino and the defensive coordinator is Willie Robinson.
 
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN GEORGIA HAS THE BALL
Joe Cox had a career-high 201 yards passing and two TDs in the win over USC. Cox tallied career highs of 201 yards passing on 17 completions for two touchdowns in the 41-37 win over USC. Against USC, A.J. Green hauled in six catches for 86 yards, including an acrobatic TD catch just before halftime. Richard Samuel rushed for a career-high 87 yards on 20 carries against #9 OSU before picking up 65 yards and a TD versus USC.
Defensive tackle Malcolm Sheppard opened the year with two tackles for a loss against Missouri State to bring his career total to 28, which is tied with two others for 16th in school history. Sheppard has led the Razorbacks in tackles for loss each of the last two seasons. Wendel Davis led the Razorbacks with seven tackles against Missouri
State he also made the second interception of his career in the first quarter. Jerry Franklin has had five-or-more tackles in 12 of 13 games in his career and has had a pass breakup in three of his last four outings.
 
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN ARKANSAS HAS THE BALL
Junior WLB Rennie Curran leads the SEC with 23 tackles in two games. He is the top returning tackler in the SEC after recording 115 stops in 2008. Curran matched his career high with 15 tackles against USC in 2009 and had the game-winning pass breakup in the game's final seconds. Junior SLB Darryl Gamble was third on the team in tackles
with six against OSU and had a season-high nine stops versus the Gamecocks. Fellow junior Akeem Dent returned from an injury versus USC to tally seven tackles. Geno Atkins anchors Georgia's defensive tackles with 20 consecutive starts.
Ryan Mallett was 17-of-22 for 309 yards with one touchdown in his Arkansas opener. Mallett's passing totals rank as the following for a single game: Comp. pct. (.773, T4), Yards (309, 12th). His 309 passing yards were the second-highest for a Razorback quarterback ever in a season opener. Michael Smith opened the season with four carries for 43 yards and a touchdown. He now rushed for 1,655 yards and 15 career touchdowns. Against Missouri State, Jarius Wright had six catches for 139 yards, both career highs. His receiving total of 139 yards was more than Missouri State's team total of 123.
 
SPECIAL TEAMS
Bulldog sophomore Blair Walsh drilled a career-long 53-yard field goal versus #9 OSU. This was the longest FG for the Bulldogs since Brandon Coutu connected on a 55 yarder against UAB in 2006. Drew Butler is averaging an SEC-leading 54.1 yards on seven punts. His 57.0 average against #9 OSU is the second-best average for a game
since 1958 (Bobby Walden, 63.0). Sophomore defensive back Brandon Boykin set a school record against USC by returning a kickoff 100 yards for a TD.
Dennis Johnson returned the season opening kickoff 91-yards for a touchdown. Johnson's return for a touchdown was the second in his career. Johnson returned two kickoffs for 115 yards against Missouri State to bring his career total to 1,020 yards, which ranks as the fourth highest total in school history. Arkansas hired John L. Smith in
January to coordinate the special teams. Smith was most recently the head coach at Michigan State from 2003-06.
 
SERIES/GAME NOTES
Record:UG, 8-3 • Last: UG, 23-20 (2005 at Athens)

The Bulldogs own an 8-3 edge over the Razorbacks, including winning the last five meetings... The teams last met in 2005, which was a 23-20 Georgia win in Athens... The Bulldogs are 3-0 all-time in Fayetteville and 4-0 overall in the series under head coach Mark Richt... In Richt's second season at the helm in 2002, Georgia captured the SEC
Championship with a 30-3 victory over Arkansas in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta... The first four meetings in the series actually came in four different bowl games.

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