December 7, 2002
(Atlanta-AP) -- Arkansas never really had a chance against Georgia. The Razorbacks had already allowed two touchdowns and a field goal before officially gaining a yard, and it didn't get much better from there. Georgia beat Arkansas a 30-to-3 tonight in the Southeastern Conference championship game at the Georgia Dome.
Arkansas had a six-game winning streak snapped and lost for the second time in two appearances in the title game. The Razorbacks lost two yards on three plays on their first possession before Richie Butler had his punt blocked by Decory Bryant. The block gave the Bulldogs first-and-goal at the 2, and Musa Smith scored on the first play for a 7-nothing lead.
Arkansas played mistake-free for the rest of the half but struggled to move the ball, finishing with more punts than first downs. The Razorbacks managed to cross midfield only once in the first 30 minutes, and that 26-yard drive stalled at the Georgia 39 after an incomplete pass.
The Razorbacks weren't much better on defense, giving up 273 yards as the Bulldogs took a 23-nothing lead at the break. Georgia didn't punt until the opening possession of the third quarter.