Rapid Recap: Georgia 63, Kentucky 31

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Georgia brought the Southeastern Conference’s top-ranked offense to Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday and left town with an even more imposing resume’ after carving up Kentucky’s defense.

The No. 17 Bulldogs scored touchdowns on every drive against the Wildcats with the exception of two clock-killing possessions at the end of each half. Georgia added a kickoff return for a touchdown and a punt return for a score, both via Isaiah McKenzie, on its way to a 63-31 rout of UK.

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Georgia (7-2, 5-2 SEC) amassed 559 total yards, rushing for 305 and passing for 254. Freshman running back Nick Chubb carried the ball 13 times for 170 yards and a touchdown, while senior quarterback Hutson Mason completed 13 of 16 passes for 174 yards and four touchdowns. Even UGA backup quarterback Brice Ramsey got in on the act, completing all five of his passes for 80 yards and a touchdown against the hapless UK defense.

Kentucky (5-5, 2-5 SEC) lost for the fourth consecutive week in search of its sixth win on the season. Freshman running back Stanley “Boom” Williams rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries to lead the Cats, but sophomore quarterback Patrick Towles was held to 139 yards through the air, was picked off once and sacked three times.

In this AllWildcats "Rapid Recap" feature, we touch on some of the day's highs and lows:

WHAT WENT WRONG: Just about everything, at least from a defensive standpoint. Long-time UK observers were left debating where the game ranked among the all-time worst defensive performances by the Cats, and that’s a rather dubious Hall of Shame. The Dawgs averaged a ridiculous 7.8 yards per rushing attempt, making their five touchdown passes feel a bit like excessive bling on this day. It was the first game I’ve ever covered in which the opponent scored a touchdown every time it tried to do so. Georgia tied LSU (1997) for the most points scored by a UK opponent in a regulation game at Commonwealth Stadium.

KEY MOMENT: The opening kickoff. Kentucky and its fans came into the game with a wounded psyche due to a three-game skid and a disappointing showing at Missouri. The worst thing that could have possibly happened did happen: Georgia's McKenzie took the opening kickoff back 90 yards for a score to deflate the Cats only 11 seconds into the game. A close runner-up was UK's first play of the third quarter. After clawing back within 35-24 on a touchdown just before the half, the Cats had the opening possession of the third quarter with a chance to keep momentum rolling, but Towles' short pass over the middle deflected off receiver Ryan Timmons and into the arms of the Dawgs' Corey Moore for an interception that once again took the air out of UK's sails.

STAT OF THE DAY: Georgia faced only eight third-down situations the entire game… and converted each of them.

QUOTABLE: "It's a tough, embarrassing loss for all of us. I feel bad for our fans who come out and support us all year, to have them come out for the last home game this season and for us to play like that, it's very disappointing." - UK head coach Mark Stoops

UP NEXT: Kentucky travels to Knoxville, Tenn., to face the Volunteers, who are coming off an open date. Tennessee (4-5, 1-4 SEC) is coming off a 45-42 win at South Carolina last week.


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