No. 3, Georgia shows a deep attack ready to play a new leadership role

ATHENS, GA (AP) – Even as Oregon kept No. 11 out of the end zone in a dominant opening win, No. 3 seed Georgia proved her offensive is ready to lead.

The Oregon 49-3 defeat last week was a display of the Bulldogs’ depth – and their new offensive style, pass first.

No one seems sure if the opening game is an indication of what to expect in 2022, including Saturday’s home game against Samford.

“We’re still trying to find our identity,” wide receiver Kearis Jackson said Monday. “This was only the first match. … It’s just one game. We just have to be able to be consistent. If we can maintain consistency, maybe that is who we are.”

Oregon was held with a field goal only, although Georgia allowed 21 first touchdowns and 313 yards. Defense, which should replace five first-round picks in this year’s NFL Draft, can’t be expected to dominate as it did during last season’s national title race.

But the deep attack showed that it could take some pressure off the defense during the transition period. Georgia showed impressive running depth, wide receiver and narrow end, while quarterback Stetson Bennett captured three touchdowns.

In at least one game, Georgia was content to rely on her passing game. Bennett completed 25 of 31 passes for 368 yards and two touchdowns. Backup Carson Beck was also instrumental, passing for 71 yards with a score.