The Bulldogs had their most impressive quarter since the season-opener but scored only seven points off it.
Senior wide receiver Fred Gibson had four catches for 106 yards in the quarter. He hadn’t managed more than 100 yards in a game since the season-opener against Clemson in 2003.
Senior quarterback David Greene completed all nine of his passes in the quarter for 150 yards and a touchdown. His yardage total was within 63 yards of his best complete-game total of the season.
Freshman running back Thomas Brown, who continues to get more and more playing time, rushed seven times for 46 yards.
However, the Bulldogs still trailed the underdog Razorbacks 14-10 at halftime because they couldn’t get out of their own way. In the span of 15 minutes, they turned the ball over on downs after having a second-and-goal from the 4-yard line, they turned the ball over again on a fumble by Greene that was returned by for an Arkansas touchdown, and they missed a 31-yard field goal on the final play of the first half.
POLLACK’S CHASE: All-America David Pollack recorded half a sack in the first half of Saturday’s game, to move with one of Richard Tardits’ school record of 29. Pollack helped Warner Robins’ native Will Thompson bring down Matt Jones.
JONES’ CHASE: Jones broke the all-time record for rushing yards by an SEC quarterback in the first half. He broke the record last week against Auburn but lost it again after a negative-yardage carry. He entered the game tied with former Mississippi State quarterback John Bond with 2,280 career yards.
He gained 28 yards on four carries in the first half to pass Bond.
INJURED LIST: Arkansas’ 79-year-old athletic director, Frank Broyles, missed the Razorbacks’ 100th SEC game due to an irregular heartbeat that forced him to spend the weekend in a local hospital. He is expected to make a full recovery and be released from the hospital as soon as heart is back in rhythm, said Arkansas sports information director Kevin Trainor.
Broyles, who has been hospitalized three times in the last year due to arrhythmia, has had a tough month. His wife died Oct. 13 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
BACK FROM INJURIES: Tight end Martrez Milner, who missed the last two games due to a back injury, returned to action Saturday. Georgia also returned to its original starting offensive line as tackle Dennis Roland and guard Nick Jones returned from ankle injuries.
Arkansas freshman fullback, Peyton Hillis, who also was questionable due to a back injury, also played.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY: The Razorbacks, who scheduled Georgia as their homecoming opponent, joined the SEC in 1991. The 1992 season was their first on the gridiron. They entered Saturday night’s game 46-51-2 in their first 99 league games.
OLD FRIEND: Michael Grant, the former Georgia signee who was denied entrance to the school due to a high school disciplinary issue, made the first start of his collegiate career, and the Bulldogs took notice. On Georgia’s first play of the game, Greene completed a 32-yard pass to Reggie Brown, who was being covered by Grant. The play worked out well for the Razorbacks, though, because Brown fumbled, giving Arkansas the ball at its 31-yard line.
Georgia picked on Grant again early in the second quarter, going to Gibson for a 79-yard gain that moved the ball to Arkansas’ 7-yard line. It was the longest catch of Gibson’s career, topping a 68-yarder from his freshman season.
MESSAGE RECEIVED: Several times in the week leading up to the game, Richt pleaded publicly with his kickoff return team to run back one kick without a penalty. They responded on the first play of the game as Tyson Browning returned a kick 31 yards to the Razorback 40-yard line. It was the Bulldogs’ longest kick return of the season.
PLEASE, OH PLEASE: The local ABC station convinced fans in the Arkansas student section to do them a favor about an hour before the game. National talk show host Oprah Winfrey is taking her show on the road and has offered to come to towns that make a good case. A local newscaster passed out signs that read, “Oprah, Come to Fayetteville,” and had the crowd chanted that mantra three times.