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Bennett, No. 1 Georgia’s defense steamrolls South Carolina 48-7 Nebraska fires defensive coordinator Erik Chinander Arizona State fires Edwards following loss to MAC school

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COLOMBIA, SC – coach for Georgia Kirby Smart and his No. 1 Bulldogs send messages to anyone who thought they were going to fall after the national championship.

The latest announcement came on Saturday in a 48-7 win over South Carolina (1-2, 0-2) in their Southeastern Conference opener, where the Gamecocks needed a touchdown with 53 seconds left to avoid being the fifth victim of the lockout. bulldogs. (3-0) in last 14 games.

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Meanwhile, the Georgia offense gained 547 yards, scoring eight of their first nine possessions, and averaging almost 10 yards per game before doubles showed up and took their foot off the gas in the fourth quarter.

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Even though 15 players have gone to the NFL since winning Georgia’s first national title since 1980, there’s still a lot of talent and spirit left behind by winning a championship, according to coach Kirby Smart.

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“It was a very special group. It will linger in our building,” Kirby said. “Not a championship, but how they trained, how they behaved.”

Stetson Bennett went 16 of 23 for 284 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score. Just like the Bulldogs’ 49-3 win over Oregon and the 33-0 win over Samford, Bennett didn’t shoot in the fourth quarter. He reminded his teammates that it wasn’t going to be that easy.

“At some point we will have to play four quarters. We need to stay in shape,” Bennett said. “It won’t happen every week.”

tight end Brock Bowers he had five catches for 121 yards and two touchdowns and scored points. Georgia allowed 10 players to carry the ball for 212 yards.

The Bulldogs’ line of defense was overwhelming the South Carolina front. The quarterback was in quarterback Spencer Rattlerface almost every time he stepped back more than three steps. The transfer from Oklahoma only hit three deep balls, with two of them intercepted. He didn’t play in the fourth quarter and was 13 of 25 for 118 yards.

“Of course, I did a shitty job getting our team ready for today’s game, no matter how many guys we had eliminated,” the South Carolina coach said. Shane Beamer, who lacked six defenders. “I don’t even want to hear it. We had a good enough team to get on the field and compete.”

The 41-point win was Georgia’s biggest victory over the Gamecocks in 75 meetings. It was South Carolina’s worst loss since a 56-6 loss to Florida in 2008.


That touchdown that ruined the lockout was still painful, especially after Trezman Martin intercepted a fourth quarter pass at Georgia 9 that appeared to wipe out the Gamecocks’ last chance with 4:33 left.

Midfielder Nolan Smith said the Georgia defense had no waste time, allowing for the first offensive touchdown in the last five games of the regular season.

“If you’re on the field, you’re a rookie,” Smith said. “This is our main job. That’s our whole defense.”


After a touchdown for Bowers in the second quarter, Bennett vomited onto the field as his teammates celebrated in the end zone. He said he felt sick during the trip, but he stayed at home. Smart said he thought Bennett was nervous about the heat and drank too much water.

Bennett didn’t miss a single game.

“It suddenly dawned on me,” he said, smiling. “I ate a lot of grapes. Maybe I had bad grapes.”


Georgia: Fighting teams like South Carolina used to set the Bulldogs apart. At some point when Steve Spurrier was a Gamecocks coach in the early 2010s, South Carolina won four of five in the series. But since Saturday, Georgia have won 15 of their last 16 matches against SEC East teams.

South Carolina: Beamer appears to be breathing life into a program that lost 13 of its last 16 when he took over in 2021, but it’s still far from the best results. In his second season, Beamer plays 0-4 against the top 25 teams, losing by an average of almost 24 points.


A 41-point win over the SEC rival should be enough to keep the Bulldogs in first place.


Georgia: The Bulldogs had another non-conference setup, this time against Kent State, before playing seven SEC games.

South Carolina: The Gamecocks are leaving the SEC for next Saturday’s home game against Charlotte.

LINCOLN, Nebraska. A week after Nebraska fired the head coach. Scott FrostThe team’s defense coordinator is missing.

Interim Head Coach Mickey Joseph said the defense coordinator Eric Chinander was fired a day after Nebraska conceded 580 yards and 49 points in a one-sided loss to No. 6 from Oklahoma.

Chinander has led the defense of Nebraska since Frost took over the team in 2018, but his division suffered a setback this year as the Cornhuskers fell to 1-3. A week before a 49–14 loss to Oklahoma, Nebraska conceded 642 yards in a 45–42 loss to Georgia Southern that preceded Frost’s shot.

“We appreciate Eric, his work and dedication to our football program,” Joseph said in a statement. “At this time, I feel it’s in the best interest of the Nebraska football program to take the defense lead in a different direction.”

Special groups coordinator Bill Bush was appointed defense coordinator.

Athletic director Trev Alberts said after Joseph was named interim head coach that he would have the opportunity to make any changes he felt would be necessary. Alberts fired Frost after he went 16-31 in just over four seasons.

TEMPE, Arizona. Arizona fires football coach Herm Edwards in his fifth season following an ugly home loss to Eastern Michigan and a drawn-out NCAA investigation into illegal hiring practices.

Arizona State Athletic Director Ray Anderson announced the decision the day after the Sun Devils lost 30–21 to Eastern Michigan in the Mid-American Conference as favorites.

Edwards went 46-26 in Arizona, including 1-2 this season and 17-14 in the Pac-12. The Sunny Devils never won more than eight games in a season under Edwards.

Runner Coach Sean Aguano will act as a coach.

“We have made the decision to immediately change the leadership of our football program,” Anderson said in a statement. “By mutual agreement, Coach Edwards and I have decided that he will step down as our head coach. At the heart of this is a commitment to doing what is best for our current team, staff, and university. I understand the frustrations there. We must do better, and that starts with our decision today.”

The Sun Devils then start the Pac-12 game with three teams: No. 13 in Utah at home on Saturday, then No. 7 in Southern California and No. 18 in Washington.

Edwards managed to keep his job through the ups and downs of 2021, but another wobbly loss saw him miss three games of the season. The State of Arizona is still awaiting word of possible NCAA sanctions for alleged campus placement of recruits during the 2020 NCAA-mandated COVID-19 dead period.

Edwards, a former NFL head coach, was considered an unconventional collaborator when Crowe and Anderson invited him to lead the mid-level program. A former NFL agent, Anderson represented Edwards during his time with the New York Jets.

Edwards had spent the previous nine years as an NFL television analyst and had not been a college coach since he was a defensive coach at San Jose State from 1987-89.

The garrulous coach changed the narrative in his first few seasons at Tempe, proving himself a skilled recruiter and leading the Sunshine Devils to two straight games.

The goodwill did not last long.

Arizona State was hit hard by COVID-19 during the delayed 2020 season, finishing 2-2. The Sunny Devils opened the 2021 season 5-1 before suffering consecutive ugly losses, losing 56 consecutive points to Utah and Washington State.

Edwards was thought to be in the spotlight at the end of the season, but Anderson said he would remain as coach after a one-sided win over Arizona rivals.

Arizona State experienced an exodus of players and coaches during the off-season, losing five assistant coaches, 11 players drafted or signed by NFL teams, and many key players on the transfer portal.

Edwards rebuilt the Sun Devils primarily through a transfer portal, adding 43 new players to the roster.

The Sun Devils opened the season with an expectedly easy win over FCS rivals Northern Arizona and played well in the 8th seed in Oklahoma State before losing 34–17.

Arizona State looked to bounce back from Eastern Michigan but lost at home to a 20 1/2 underdog. The Sun Devils were unable to stop the Eagles defensively, suffered key penalties, and became the first Pac-12 school to lose to a MAC school.

“I’m probably more disappointed than anyone because I’ve been talking about this all week,” Edwards said Saturday night. “To the best of my ability, I can reach out to the team and say, ‘Dude, you can’t fall into this trap.’ And we did it.”


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