Kentucky beats Georgia: News and Notes

LEXINGTON - Josh Kendall's news and notes from Kentucky's win over Georgia.

KICKING JOB IN PERIL: Punter Gordon Ely-Kelso may kick extra points and field goals next week against Auburn, Richt said.

Andy Bailey missed two field goals and an extra point in the four-point loss, and Georgia would have used Ely-Kelso had it attempted any more kicks after Bailey's extra-point miss, Richt said.

"Andy's a good kid; he feels bad about it, and there are enough issues that it certainly can not be put on one man," Richt said. "It's not easy to be a kicker. He struggled with his kicks, but… he hit the ball pretty well both times."

Bailey said he felt confident and felt like he hit both field goal attempts well, but he knows he'll be the target of many fans' ire.

"That's what everybody will remember, the missed kicks, not the missed passes or the interceptions," he said. "That's part of being a kicker."

HAPPY NOTE: Once again, linebacker Tony Taylor was a rare bright spot for the Bulldogs. Georgia's leading tackler had 10 stops, including two for loss, and notched his fifth interception of the season, which he returned 52 yards from the Bulldogs' 1.

"Most of his picks have been huge plays for us," Richt said. "Tony's been fantastic."

Taylor said his interceptions were "just luck, I guess." He also had his third sack of the season.

LINEUP CHANGE: Senior Danny Verdun Wheeler returned to the starting lineup, replacing strongside linebacker Brandon Miller. Verdun Wheeler started the first four games of the season at strongside linebacker and the fifth game in the middle, but he was demoted to third-team after a bad performance against Ole Miss. He finished the game with one tackle.

STILL AROUND: Despite being demoted from the first team, starting tight end Martrez Milner played most of Saturday's game. He entered on the second drive of the game and caught a 19-yard pass on the second play of that drive. Later in the drive, he caught a 16-yard pass, however, his bad habits returned on the next play, when he dropped a pass inside the Wildcat 10-yard line.

Milner eventually led the Bulldogs with four catches for 70 yards.

INJURY UPDATE: Senior Michael Turner, who was starting at guard in place of the injured Chester Adams, left in the second quarter due to a left ankle sprain and did not return. That left the Washington County graduate Seth Watts, a sophomore, to play guard the rest of the game. Turner is questionable for Saturday's game against Auburn.

THIS AND THAT: Starting tailback Kregg Lumpkin had 73 rushing yards in the first quarter but just 12 after that. He only carried the ball five times after the first quarter. … For the first time since the Oct. 9 Ole Miss game, Georgia didn't allow a third quarter point. … The Bulldogs lost despite just punting once. … Freshman Asher Allen returned kickoffs and averaged 25.8 yards per return.


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