Michel, Dawgs Bounce Back: News and Notes

ATHENS - News and notes from Georgia's 27-3 win over Kentucky.

*Michel Hits Century Mark: The Bulldogs finished with a season-high 300 yards rushing in their sixth win of the year, and it was the most by the Bulldogs since 305 versus UK last year.  Sophomore TB Sony Michel scampered 45 yards to set up Georgia’s third touchdown and finished with a career-high 165 yards on 24 carries (6.9 avg.) and a touchdown.  This marked Michel’s second 100-yard game this year and the third of his career. Michel’s 45-yard carry set up a 10-yard touchdown catch by junior TB Keith Marshall.  This was Marshall’s first receiving touchdown this season and the third of his career. Seven different Bulldogs ran the football today.

*Stingy Defense: Georgia’s defense held Kentucky to three points on a total of 180 yards (79 rushing, 101 passing).  The Wildcats’ only points came in the first half came on a field goal after Kentucky started its drive at the Georgia 20 after a turnover.  The Wildcats ran four plays and got just five yards. UK came in today averaging 24.2 points a game. The Bulldogs’ tackle leader, senior ILB Jake Ganus, led the Bulldogs with eight stops while junior Leonard Floyd finished with five.

*Series Notes:  With today’s 27-3 win, the Bulldogs have won six in a row in the series and extend their advantage to 55-12-2. Also, they held UK to a season-low three points, the fewest in the series since 1995 when Georgia won 12-3 here as the game featured all field goals.

*Wild Dog Touchdown: On the Bulldogs’ second series, freshman Terry Godwin and Michel took a combined three direct snaps on the six-play scoring drive that started at the Kentucky 45 yard line.  Godwin capped off the drive with a 28-yard TD run to put Georgia up 7-0.  It was his first four carries as a Bulldog and tallied 26 yards. 

*Through The Air: Senior receiver Malcolm Mitchell led the Bulldogs with four catches for 52yards.  He passed Saturday’s honorary captain Mohamed Massaquoi for fifth in school history now with 159 career catches.  He ranks seventh in Bulldog history for career receiving yards with 2,102. Georgia quarterbacks (Greyson Lambert and Brice Ramsey) combined to go 10-for-19 for 90 yards and one TD. Ramsey also handled a majority of the punting too, with a 47.7 average (3-for-143 yards).

*Points Off Turnovers: Georgia three points off three turnovers while Kentucky also kicked one field goal after recovering two fumbles.  The Bulldogs are -2 for the year.  Senior SN Nathan Theus jumped on a Wildcat fumble following a Bulldog punt late in the first quarter.  Senior PK Marshall Morgan connected on a 22-yard field goal to make it 10-0.  Sophomore Dominick Sanders had his team-high third interception of the season (team’s seventh) and sixth of his career midway through the second quarter.  However, Sanders fumbled and lost the ball at the end of his return.  The Wildcats failed to capitalize on the turnover.  Late in the second period, sophomore Isaiah McKenzie caught his second pass of the game before fumbling it at the Bulldog 20 yard line.  Kentucky answered with a field goal of its own.  

In the second half, Sanders picked up his second interception of the game and returned it 38 yards.  The last time a Bulldog had two interceptions in the same game was Sanders during the win over #20 Louisville in the 2014 Belk Bowl.  Georgia has scored 40 points off 14 turnovers while opponents have scored 40 points off 16 Bulldog miscues.

*For Starters: Georgia had started the same offensive line for the first eight games of the season.  Sophomore RG Dyshon Sims started for the first time on Saturday as senior John Theus (RT), senior Kolton Houston (LG) and sophomore Isaiah Wynn (LT) started at different spots.  Captain and senior DT James DeLoach also got the starting nod for the first time in his career.

*Injury Report: Junior receiver Reggie Davis sustained a concussion in the first quarter and is out for the game.

*Up Next: The Bulldogs (6-3, 4-3 SEC) travel to face Auburn on Saturday, Nov. 14.  The Tigers face Texas A&M tonight.  CBS will televise the game at 12 p.m.

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