Georgia bottles up Little

Georgia finally bottled up a back. And he was a good one.

Kentucky's Rafael Little, who had averaged 145.3 rushing yards in the three games prior to facing the Bulldogs, had 29 Saturday in a 45-13 Bulldog win.

"We had a bad taste in our mouths from last week," defensive coordinator Willie Martinez said. "We were chomping at the bit to get back on the field."

Georgia gave up 506 yards to Auburn in its last game and had allowed three straight opposing backs to gain more than 100 yards.

"We knew we were better team than we showed," defensive tackle Kedric Golston said. "We really took that to heart. We're just trying to get everything back on track. Hopefully, this will carry over to next week's game and that will carry over to the (SEC) championship game."

Little was averaging a national-best 193.9 all-purpose yards coming into the game, but he finished with just 61 -- 29 rushing, 5 receiving and 27 on punt returns.

"We've been able to run the ball on virtually every defense we've played this year, but we weren't able to do that today," Kentucky tight end Jacob Tamme said. "Georgia's defensive speed is some of the best we've faced."

Georgia's offense did its part by piling up the points and forcing Kentucky to throw the ball to try to stay close. Little's 13 carries were his fewest since the first game of the season.

"I think they met the challenge today," defensive coordinator Willie Martinez said. "We did a good job of controlling the line of scrimmage for the most part."

Little did some damage in the punt return game but none that counted. He returned Georgia's first punt 75 yards for a touchdown just two minutes, 13 seconds into the game, but the play was wiped out by an illegal block in the back.

The Wildcats, who had scored 75 points combined in their last two games, finished with 199 total yards, the fewest of any Bulldog opponent this season. Kentucky was averaging 316.7 yards per game before Saturday.

"That was big for us," safety Greg Blue said. "We needed that right there. We wanted to come out and shut them down, and we did."


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