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Recap: Georgia Bulldogs shut down Kentucky, hand Wildcats fourth straight loss

Kentucky's 4-1 start to the season is all but a distant memory.

The Wildcats suffered their fourth consecutive loss Saturday at Georgia, showing little or no signs of life in a 27-3 defeat.

"Not good. Not good," UK head coach Mark Stoops said. "That was a team fighting with their backs to the walls just like we were, and they kicked our butt."

Georgia (6-3, 3-3 SEC) entered the week with controversy surrounding head coach Mark Richt's job security, but it had little trouble with UK on this day. Converted receiver Sony Michel rushed for 165 yards and a touchdown to lead UGA, which held a 390-180 advantage in total offense. The Bulldogs also got a 28-yard touchdown run by Terry Godwin, a 10-yard touchdown from Greyson Lambert to Keith Marshall and a pair of Marshall Morgan field goals.

The UGA touchdowns broke a drought of two consecutive games and 30 offensive possessions without a TD.

Dominick Sanders had two interceptions to spearhead UGA's inspired defensive effort.

Kentucky (4-5, 2-4 SEC) got a poor showing from junior quarterback Patrick Towles, who completed only 8 of 21 attempts for 96 yards and two interceptions. The UK staff went to backup Drew Barker, but the redshirt freshman was only 1-of-2 for 5 yards.

In this AllWildcats "Rapid Recap" feature, we touch on some of the highlights from the game...


Georgia allowed the Cats to hang around for most of the first half, taking a 10-3 lead into the locker room at the break, but UK could not come up with one sustained drive in the second half. Seeking a spark, Mark Stoops elected to go for it on 4th-and-2 near midfield on the opening possession of the half, and running back Mikel Horton was stuffed for no gain. It was all downhill from there as the Cats closed the day with a trio of three-and-outs and an interception.


2 - Giant special teams gaffes by UK. The first was a fumbled punt by Ryan Timmons deep on his own end that led to a UGA field goal. The second was an offside call on a pooch kick that negated a UK fumble recovery.Those came a week after the Cats' special teams allowed Tennessee to return a kickoff and a punt for touchdowns.

3 - Third-down conversions by UK on 12 attempts.

4 - Wins by UK in Athens in the history of the UGA series.

1-9 - Kentucky's November record under Stoops, the lone win coming against non-conference foe Alabama State in his first year with the Cats.

121-40 - Scoring margin during UK's last three blowout losses in SEC play.


"In hindsight, that was probably a stupid move by me to go for it in a one-possession game." - UK head coach Mark Stoops.


Kentucky returns to action next weekend at Vanderbilt. The Commodores (3-6, 1-4 SEC) lost 9-7 on Saturday at Florida, narrowly missing an opportunity to upset the No. 10 Gators. With the win, Florida clinched the SEC East division.

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