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Associated Press photo by John Bazemore / Georgia football fans observe a moment of silence in honor of Wendy Anderson, the late wife of Arkansas State coach Blake Anderson, before Saturday's game at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga. Fans were encouraged to wear pink in a tribute to Wendy, who died from breast cancer in August.

ATHENS, Ga. — There were no washing-machine errors before Saturday afternoon's Arkansas State at Georgia football game.

All that red and pink inside Sanford Stadium was by design.

Thousands of Georgia fans wore pink to honor the late wife of Red Wolves coach Blake Anderson, who died of breast cancer last month. In the second half of the Bulldogs' 55-0 blowout, several Georgia students who had their backs painted came together to spell out "Remember Wendy."

Wendy Anderson was only 49.

"I would like to say thank you for all who showed up today wearing pink or thinking pink," Anderson said. "Those people didn't know my wife, and they don't know me. They didn't have to do it, and I'm very grateful, honored and, honestly, overwhelmed.

"I wish the game would have gone differently, because I think we have a better team than we showed today."

Anderson took a leave of absence to be with his wife, who died several hours after Arkansas State announced his departure. He missed his team's opening loss to SMU but returned to guide the Red Wolves to a win at UNLV.

Momentum to "pink out" Sanford Stadium grew over the past week through social media.

"This initiative was started by our fans, and it picked up steam," Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said. "It was beautiful to see so much pink in the stands with a lot of red as well. This was because of our fans, who are really special and saw the bigger picture here.

"It puts things in perspective."

Georgia coach Kirby Smart and Bulldogs junior quarterback Jake Fromm took time to thank Georgia's fans as well.

"It was awesome to see the way Dawg Nation really cared," Fromm said. "I thought that was very special."

some text Associated Press photo by John Bazemore / Georgia wide receiver Dominick Blaylock heads for the end zone after making a catch during Saturday's win against Arkansas State.

Blaylock even busier

Dominick Blaylock didn't play in the Bulldogs' opener at Vanderbilt, but he had a 25-yard touchdown reception against Murray State in his college debut.

Against Arkansas State, the stepson of Chattanooga Lookouts co-owner John Woods continued a rapid ascension with the first 100-yard game of his Georgia career, snagging four receptions for 112 yards. He turned a short gain near the sideline into a 60-yard touchdown on the first play of the second quarter to stake the Bulldogs to a 20-0 lead.

"Dominick didn't do anything different leading up to Vanderbilt than he's doing now," Smart said. "He's just getting an opportunity to play more. As I've said before, he was very deserving to play against Vanderbilt. We just didn't get an opportunity during the game to get him in there. He's taking advantage of his opportunities.

"Dom works every day so hard, and he catches the balls that are thrown to him. He's got a very compact body type and is very hard to tackle."

Fellow freshman receiver George Pickens had five catches for 84 yards, including an acrobatic snag right before halftime in which he was leaning into the sideline but kept both feet in bounds.

"Those guys are great football players, and those guys are really stepping up," Fromm said. "They're starting to kind of get to that unstoppable level."

Odds and ends

Senior receiver Tyler Simmons sustained a shoulder injury in the first quarter and did not return, which resulted in Blaylock handling punt returns the rest of the way. Sophomore Cade Mays started at right tackle Saturday after starting the first two games at right guard. Sophomore cornerback Tyson Campbell left the game with an injury to his right foot, but Smart did not think it was serious. Sophomore outside linebacker Quay Walker notched the first sack of his Georgia career.

Contact David Paschall at dpaschall@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6524. Follow him on Twitter @DavidSPaschall.

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