FOOTBALL: 'Cats see winnable game against Vandy

Give Kentucky fans credit. Instead of leaving or staying home and watching old Wildcat basketball games on the VCR, they showed up at Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday and had some fun.

In fact, when Georgia's Andy Bailey's kicked a 23-yard field goal to give Georgia a 13-0 lead, the fans decided not to return the football to the field. Instead, they passed it around the stadium from fan to fan for several minutes until security personnel finally forced a turnover.

That's about all the fun Kentucky fans could find. Oh sure, the Wildcats (1-8, 0-6 SEC) did score two third-quarter touchdowns and nation's worst-rated offense did manage 344 yards, but those accomplishments couldn't prevent a 62-17 loss to No. 8 Georgia.

"I still can't envision how this game got away from us," Kentucky coach Rich Brooks said. "It cascaded down."

Try this: the Kentucky offense drove into Georgia territory on each of its first three possessions, only to punt each time.

"When you have opportunities like that against a team like Georgia, you've got to take it and run with it, and we didn't do that," senior defensive end Ellery Moore said

The defense didn't do much better, allowing 589 total yards.

"It's a pretty ugly ending," Brooks said. "The sad thing is it's hard to feel good about anything, but I thought there were points in this game that we looked like we were doing some decent things."

NOTES, QUOTES
GAME BALL GOES TO: QB Andre Woodson -- Woodson replaced struggling starter Shane Boyd on the final drive of the first half and led Kentucky to a field goal before the half. He went on to lead Kentucky to all 17 of its points, even cutting Georgia's lead from 34-3 to 34-17 in the third quarter, and finished 17 for 26 for 206 yards with no interceptions and no fumbles.

KEEP AN EYE ON: TB Rafael Little -- Kentucky's true freshman tailback caught six passes for 106 yards, including a 52-yard touchdown on a screen play.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Andre did a very good job. He did a much better job in the pocket and showed better presence than he has been." -- Kentucky coach Rich Brooks.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
LOOKING GOOD: With Andre Woodson at quarterback, Kentucky's offense showed signs of life, scoring two third-quarter touchdowns and moving the ball for 344 yards.

STILL NEEDS SOME WORK: Georgia's 62 points are the most allow by Kentucky in regulation since LSU beat the Wildcats 63-28 in 1997.

ROSTER REPORT: For all the good QB Andre Woodson brought off the bench, he might be back on the bench next week if he can't play through a sprained ankle. If Woodson can play, Kentucky coach Rich Brooks indicated he'd be in the starting lineup. "I would guess, but I have no idea how severe his ankle is." Woodson wasn't sure about his condition after his late-game injury. "I'm not going to try to push it," Woodson said. "I've had a sprain before, and this doesn't feel like a sprain. They X-rayed it and it's not broken, but it's very painful." ... Woodson wasn't the only injury concern for Kentucky. Several players suffered injuries against Georgia, including TE Jeremiah Drobney (sprained knee), CB Earven Flowers (hip pointer), CB Antoine Huffman (turf toe), DE Ellery Moore (high ankle sprain), WR John Logan (dislocated shoulder) and RB Rafael Little (sprained ankle).


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