The third-ranked Georgia Bulldogs scored a lot on Saturday.

The 11th-ranked Oregon Ducks scored a little.

Dan Lanning’s debut as the Duck head coach didn’t go as planned. The Ducks were routed 49-3 in Atlanta at the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. But his former boss, Georgia head coach Kirby Smart, said after the game he knows Lanning will be fine.

The Bulldogs just had better players.

“He’s gonna do a really good job at Oregon. He’s relentless,” Smart said after the game, per 247Sports’ Brandon Marcello. “They’ll bounce back from this and he knows we have better players. He’ll never say that but he knows we’ve got better players.”

That comment might not go over well in Eugene, but after Saturday’s performance, it’s awfully hard to argue with its merits. Oregon was outscored 28-3 in the first half and outgained 313-183. Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett had a career day passing it, going 25-for-31 for a career-high 368 yards and two scores.

Oregon only had one tackle for loss, as it routinely whiffed on tackles at all levels of the field.

“Win, loss, draw, every one of our goals is still right here in front of us,” Lanning said after the game. “Our players feel the exact same way. Tough locker room because we have competitors. Not a bad locker room. A tough locker room because we have competitors that want to win. Those guys are hungry to go get better. I think if you asked our players, they would go right back out to the practice field today because they want to compete. There was no quit in them, but certainly getting to go against a good team, it’s a great gauge of where you’re at. They’re a good team.”

The Ducks (0-1) will get back to work in practice this week to prepare for next Saturday’s home opener against Eastern Washington.