In a surprisingly closer than predicted match, the Georgia
Bulldogs held on for a hard fought 29-24 victory over the Kentucky Wildcats on
Saturday night and avoided an almost disastrous upset. Although it was too
close for comfort, Georgia kept their shot at an SEC title game open, as they
prepare to battle the No. 2 ranked Florida Gators next week.
Although Georgia struggled to hold the Wildcats defensively
early in the game, an almost perfect night from quarterback Aaron Murray,
allowed Georgia to maintain a short lead until the final minutes of the game
and solidify the opportunity to become a threat to the SEC East.
Continuing his streak of breaking records and adding his
name to the long list of accomplished Bulldog quarterbacks before him, Murray
surpassed David Greene to put his name at the top of the list for touchdown
completions with 73. Murray also surpassed his personal best yards in a single
game with 427 against the Wildcats.
Kentucky impressed early after finding the end zone first,
going 84-yards downfield and taking not only the lead, but what most Georgia
faithful feared, the momentum. More importantly, it has been 20 games since
Kentucky scored on an opening drive, which came last November against Tennessee.
By the end of the half, Kentucky would earn one more touchdown, to only trail
by two going into the half.
On the other side, Murray was able to connect with Tavarres
King on two touchdown passes in the first half and answer the call from the
Wildcats. Although Marshall Morgan missed the extra point attempt on the Bulldog’s
second touchdown, he was able to make up lost ground in the final seconds
before the half, connecting on a 27-yard field goal attempt and pushing Georgia
to a 16-14 lead.
Although Kentucky quickly jumped back in the game early in
the third on a 37-yard field goal, Murray quickly answered back and took
control of the game with his effective passing routes to put the game back in
Georgia’s hands. Showing his presence again from the pocket, Murray connected
with Chris Conley on a 22-yard pass to drive the score to 22-17, in favor of
the Bulldogs. Georgia attempted to go for two, but after a penalty for
clipping, had to settle for six.
Continuing his record breaking night, Murray continued to
electrify the night and connected for his fourth and last touchdown, when he
found an open Arthur Lynch. This time Marshall would split the uprights and
gave Georgia a 29-17 lead.
Although down, Kentucky was not out and pushed downfield on
their last solid possession, to close the gap to an uncomfortable 29-24 score.
Although the Wildcats tried for a successful on side kick, the Bulldogs read
the play and jumped on the ball to give the game back to their offense and wind
the clock down for the win.
Murray ended his night going 30-of-38, with 427-yards, four
touchdowns and no interceptions.
King proved why he was Georgia’s go to guy for the evening,
with 188-yards and nine receptions. Malcolm Mitchell also had a very productive
showing with 103-yards and nine receptions.
About the Author
Written by Ashley Gulick
Sports Journalism is my passion! I keep up with the latest news on pro/college football, NASCAR and baseball....and just about everthing else. I grew up in Talladega, Ala., but moved to Georgia when I was 15. From a young age, I always knew that I wanted to be involved with sports somehow. Once I got into college and completed my degree in Communications, I knew that I had a passion for sports journalism. I have covered sports for the Kennesaw Sentinel (KSU's student paper), Marietta Daily Journal and Douglas County Sentinel.