Grading the Game

ATHENS - Dawg Post grades each position's performance in Georgia's 19-10 win over Kentucky.

Quarterback – Grade: C Aaron Murray came back down to earth against the Wildcats. Following a stretch where he was 32 of 41 with nine passing touchdowns, Murray finished 16 of 29 with one touchdown and one interception against Kentucky.

Murray missed on his intended targets on a handful of throws and didn't look to be on the same page with his receivers at times.

He showed frustration after many incompletions and was especially upset following his interception.

Despite the struggles, Murray still came up with a touchdown throw to Marlon Brown when the Bulldogs needed a score to seal the game.

Running back – Grade: C - - Carlton Thomas didn't show up with the team (literally). And Isaiah Crowell went to the sideline for good after only two carries.

Former walk-on Brandon Harton and redshirt freshman Ken Malcome struggled in the first half – each had a fumble.

Harton came to life in the second half, rushing for 89 of his 101 total yards in the third and fourth quarter. Malcome finished with 37 yards on nine carries.

Wide receiver/tight end – B – Passing targets struggled to sync up with Murray for most of the game. Some of the blame goes to Murray (who threw a poor pass to an open Tavarres King in the end zone on the first drive of the game), but the receivers deserve a share of the credit as well (Brown admitted to running the wrong route on the touchdown catch!).

Still, eight players caught at least one pass, continuing a streak of diversity for Murray to look for in the passing game.

The tight ends didn't make much noise on the stat sheet – aside from Orson Charles' 17-yard catch – but the offense used more two tight end sets than they did last week against Auburn. Redshirt sophomore Arthur Lynch started the first game of his career, as the Bulldogs had two tight ends on the field for much of the first drive of the game.

Offensive line – Grade: C - This unit took a big step back from the Auburn game. Losing Crowell early surely didn't help and Murray wasn't hitting on all cylinders, but the line didn't look good in the first half. Justin Anderson allowed a sack and had an obvious holding penalty called against him. Chris Burnette also allowed a sack, and Murray was forced to scramble from the pocket on five occasions.

The group rebounded in the second half and had a much better showing as Harton rushed for 89 yards and the offense finally put the Wilcats away early in the fourth quarter.

Defensive line – Grade: A - A few stats – Kentucky rushed for 23 yards for the game. The Wildcats had 13 total yards in the second half. Abry Jones had another outstanding game, and John Jenkins played every snap at nose tackle with Kwame Geathers sidelined with an ankle injury.

Outside linebacker – Grade: A - Jarvis Jones had 2.5 more sacks – He's closing in on David Pollack's single season record of 14. Jones, who leads the SEC with 12.5 sacks, needs 1.5 to tie Pollack. Jones had 12 QB hurries against Kentucky. Yeah, a dozen. Cornelius Washington added five QB hurries and 0.5 sacks.

Inside linebacker – Grade: A – Chrisitian Robinson's fumble recovery at the end of the third quarter set up the game-sealing touchdown pass from Murray to Brown.

Alec Ogletree led the defense with eight tackles, and Mike Gilliard added five more. They each had a sack, too.

Secondary – Grade: B+ - Brandon Boykin and Branden Smith each had an interception. Bacarri Rambo had another go in and out of his hands. The unit played well for the most part – but there were some missed tackles; Rambo delivered a few big shots, but wasn't consistently wrapping up.

Sanders Commings was called for pass interference in the end zone – he was holding the receiver, but the ball may or may not have been catchable. The penalty led to the Wildcats' only touchdown of the day.

Special Teams – Grade: A- - Blair Walsh, who has struggled with accuracy most of the season, tied a career high with four field goals. Brandon Bogotay missed a 55-yarder (there's no shame in that).

Punter Drew Butler bounced back from a poor showing against Auburn, averaging 47.5 yards on four punts.

Kentucky was held in check on punt and kick returns, and Quintavious Harrow forced a fumble in the second quarter.

The only real negative here is Georgia continued to look average on kick returns. Boykin did have a 22-yard punt return, but neither he nor Smith could get going on kickoffs. Smith's 21-yard return was the longest the two could manage.

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