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#1 Georgia Turns It On In Second Half To Defeat
#11 Kentucky 30-13


By Don Stone - Georgia Football Magazine and Football Atlanta

 There was concern in Sanford Stadium as the Bulldogs and Wildcats entered the locker rooms at halftime. After all, #11 Kentucky had stayed close trailing only by a touchdown, 14-7.
  Stats. UGA 24-186, KY 33-121. Time of possession: UGA 10:03, KY 19:35. 

  The first quarter saw no points by either team. Then, Stetson Bennett got Georgia on the board with a 19 yard pass up the middle to James Cook at 14:54 in the second quarter.

  Four minutes later, they were back in the end zone after a nice 35 yard Kendall Milton run, the Dawgs' longest of the season. Bennett added 17 more with his feet with Zamir White finishing the job on a 12 yard scoring run.

   But, Kentucky answered with a 75 yard 13 play scoring drive of their own capped off by a wide open Justin Rigg catch to make it 14-7. It was the first time Georgia's defense had given up a first half touchdown this season.

   Starting the second half, it didn't take UGA long to get those points back with a matching 75 yard drive of their own. That one saw tight end Brock Bowers made a great 27 yard end zone catch.

   The Bulldogs tacked on three more with a 26 yard Jack Podlesny field goal.

    A 33 yard Kentucky field goal attempt was blocked by Devonte Wyatt. Starting the final quarter from the 18, UGA drove the length of the field with another Bowers catch, this time from 20 yards out. Podlesny missed the extra point, ending the longest consecutive streak in football going back seven years.

   From that point, it was just Georgia eating up clock, giving up a meaningless second score with several backups in on the last play of the game.

   Final score, Georgia 30, Kentucky 13.

   For the Wildcats, it was their first loss of the season, putting the Dawgs in complete control of the SEC East. They take a well deserved week off to heal some injuries as they prepare to head south to Jacksonvillle to take on Florida, who were stunned by a floundering LSU team earlier in the day.