Kenny McIntosh carries offense dominating defense

ATHENS – Kirby Smart would be the first to say Georgia has yet to play their best football and given how Saturday went, that’s a very good thing.

The No. 1 Bulldogs beat Georgia Tech 37-14, but not before they trailed by the end of the first quarter and held a narrow 10-7 halftime lead.

It’s fair that Georgia has at times downplayed their opponents’ level this season, most notably in victories over a 5-7 team from Kent State (39-22) and 6-6 from Missouri (26-22).

“There isn’t an area where we can’t improve,” Smart said after defeating the Yellow Jackets. “Let’s be honest, we have a lot of areas where we need to improve.”

At the end of the day, this Georgia team finds ways to win, and Smart’s reloaded team has grown over the season by focusing on one game at a time.

Next up is a 9-3 LSU football program that beat the Kirby Smart-coached Georgia squads in their two most recent encounters, 2018 (36-16) and 2019 (37-10).

There are still a handful of Bulldogs players who remember that last meeting, including Stau Kenny McIntosh.

“I’ve always wanted to play LSU again,” said McIntosh, who was a freshman when the teams last met. “They have a good team over there and we have a good team.”

McIntosh has proven Georgia has the most dynamic back since D’Andre Swift, stacking yards from scrimmage in each of the last two games.

Some Georgia players have been playing better than others lately:

STOCK RISE

Kenny McIntosh carried the offense for the second game in a row. His 177 combined rushing and receiving yards was the most from a UGA back since D’Andre Swift in 2018.

Jamon Dumas-Johnson had four tackles, two QB rushes and a forced fumble, filling the stat sheet and keeping UGA properly aligned.

Smael Mondon Jr 6 tackles led the defense and he seemed elite, stopping the run in the second half.

Ladd McConkey came on a 39-yard punt return in one fall and made an athletic play to tip and catch a punt he knocked down at Georgia Tech’s 1-yard line.

Jack Podlesny was once again perfect with his field goals, hitting from 30, 50 and 36 yards.

TOP UP

Daijun Edwards continues to churn out yards, breaks loose on an 18-yard carry, and finishes with 61 yards on his 8 carries.

Kendall Milton started the game and is playing himself back into form, breaking up a 44-yard TD run between his 4 carries for 56 yards.

Kelee Ringo had 5 tackles and 3 pass breakups after being tackled 9 times by Georgia Tech.

Player Brett Thorson boomed two kicks 87 yards, including 51-yarder McConkey, who went down at the 1-yard line.

STOCK EVEN

Stetson Bennett was 10 of 18 passing for 135 yards and 2 TDs, but there were some missed throws and opportunities he’d probably like to have back.

Brock Bowers was targeted 7 times, making 5 catches for 20 yards, including a spectacular TD catch on a ball toss just above the turf in the end zone.

Jalen Carter played 45 snaps but only had two tackles as Georgia Tech neutralized him better than any previous opponent.

Malaki Stark had one of his tougher plays, getting out of position on one of Georgia Tech’s most important passing plays and ranked 13th among UGA defenders per PFF.

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