FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — In his first start, Richard Samuel couldn’t manage to break a tackle, but still mustered 87 yards.
A week later, his second start was hampered by Georgia turnovers and he got just 15 touches.
By Week 3, however, Samuel was ready for his breakout performance, and he showcased his impressive speed in the second quarter with an 80-yard touchdown run.
It was Samuel’s second touchdown of the season and the longest touchdown run by a Bulldogs’ player since Knowshon Moreno had an 80-yarder against Troy in 2007. Robert Edwards was the last Georgia player to run for a touchdown of 80 yards or more in an SEC game when he scored on an 80-yard run against Kentucky in 1997.
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King back in action
Caleb King got his first taste of action this season after sitting out more than a month with a sore hamstring.
After weeks of confusion on whether the sophomore tailback would be available to play, King finally took his first handoff in the first quarter against Arkansas – a 5-yard run. He got back into the action in the second quarter with two more runs, both more than 10 yards, helping the Bulldogs to 122 rushing yards in the first half.
Dogs drop it again
Georgia’s problems holding onto the football surfaced quickly against Arkansas.
After turning the ball over twice in the first quarter a week ago, the results were no better against the Razorbacks.
Prince Miller muffed early in the first quarter after Brandon Boykin backed into the play on coverage. Arkansas responded with a touchdown four plays later.
With 24 seconds left in the first quarter, Joe Cox tossed to Samuel, who mishandled the ball and the Razorbacks’ Adrian Davis recovered the fumble. Again, Arkansas made Georgia pay for the miscue, with Ryan Mallett hitting Greg Childs for a 30-yard touchdown on the next play.
The Bulldogs turned the ball over a third time in the second quarter when Cox threw an interception down the middle of the field on a third-and-long play.
Georgia’s nine turnovers have led to 40 points by the opposition.
Georgia linebacker Akeem Dent was a surprise scratch from the game, which left the Bulldogs thin at the position, given the absence of Darius Dewberry as well. Marcus Dowtin got the start at middle linebacker, with Darryl Gamble at Sam linebacker… Blair Walsh’s 35-yard field goal in the first quarter and 37-yarder in the second make him a perfect 5-for-5 on the season… Rantavious Wooten’s carry for no gain in the second quarter was the first touch of his career… Bulldogs’ defensive end Justin Houston made his first start of the season after serving a two-game suspension to start the year… Arkansas’ D.J. Williams left the game in the first quarter and had not returned by halftime… Georgia senior Justin Fields left the game with an injured shoulder and did not return.