Georgia’s offense is hot early on with 7 consecutive touchdowns

Much of the Georgia talk last year focused on a defense that produced five first-round NFL picks.

The Bulldogs’ defense showed no signs of giving up against No. 11 Oregon, but it was the offense that statistically came out on top in a 49-3 victory Sunday.

The No. 3 and defending national champion Bulldogs became the second team in 15 seasons to score a touchdown on its first seven possessions against a ranked opponent.

The seven TD drives ranged from six to 12 games, the first six under quarterback Stetson Bennett. Substitute Carson Beck was in the game for seventh. The streak ended when they went to three on their first full series of the fourth quarter.

Last year, Ohio State reached the end zone in its first seven practices, all in the first half, against the then No. 1. 9 State of Michigan.

BLOCK THIS KICK

The FBS kickers have been pretty much automatic on extra runs, having converted 571 of 580 this season. Of the nine misses, three were blocked — none bigger than Shyheim Brown’s deflection of Damian Ramos’ try in the final game of Florida State’s 24-23 win over LSU on Sunday.

In the past 20 years, according to Sportradar, no previous one-point game involving an FBS team has ended with the winning team blocking an extra point with no time left in the fourth quarter.

Kickers from Baylor and Akron also blocked tries for extra runs over the weekend.

SCORE EXPLOSION

Appalachia State’s 40 points in the fourth quarter of its 63-61 loss to North Carolina was the most by a team in a quarter since BYU snagged 42 points at Massachusetts in the second in 2019 and most by a team in the fourth quarter in 20 years, according to Sportradar.

According to Stats Perform, Saturday marked the first time an FBS team scored at least 60 points and lost and an FBS team scored less than 10 points and won on the same day. Iowa turned a field goal and two safeties into a 7-3 win over South Dakota State.

ROCK CHALK RUN

Kansas heads to West Virginia this week with a boost of confidence from some of its offensive exploits, albeit against Tennessee Tech of the Championship Division.

The Jayhawks’ average of 9.9 yards per carry was their highest in a game since at least 2000. Their 297 rushing yards were the most since they had 508 against Rutgers in 2018.

Kansas won 56-10, scoring its most points in an opener since 1912 and the most in a home game since a 76-39 win over Nebraska in 2007.

RULE OF 70

Wisconsin, in a 38-0 victory over Illinois State, was the first FBS team in four years to have a rush, pass and interception return of at least 70 yards in the same match.

Braelon Allen’s 96-yard touchdown against Illinois State was the longest scrimmage run in program history, John Torchio set a school record with a 100-yard interception return and Chimere Dike turned a short pass into a 74-yard gain for quarterback Graham Mertz’s longest career achievement.

Middle Tennessee was the previous team with 70-yard plays in three different ways, doing so against Old Dominion in 2018. No Big Ten team had done so since 2003.

AIR FORCE “AIR”

Haaziq Daniels put air in the Air Force on his first pass attempt of the season.

The Falcons, whose triple-option offense has had a nearly 90-10 passing ratio the past two seasons, scored their first touchdown in a 48-17 win over Northern Iowa on the 80-yard pass from Daniels to Dane Kinamon.

Air Force faced third and 12 of their 20 when Daniels rushed to his left and threw to Kinamon, who beat his defender from 5 yards and grabbed the ball in stride.

It was the Air Force’s longest pass since Daniels’ school-record 92 yards against Colorado State last year.

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