Kentucky-Georgia Postgame Notes

Nov. 19, 2011

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Team Records and Series Notes

  • With the loss, Kentucky drops to 4-7, 1-6 in the Southeastern Conference and with the win, Georgia moves to 9-2, 7-1 in the SEC.
  • Georgia’s win clinches the SEC Eastern Division for the Bulldogs.
  • Kentucky and Georgia met for the 65th time in school annals, with Georgia leading the series 51-12-2, including a 26-4-2 mark in games played in Athens.
  • UK is 3-26 against Georgia when the Bulldogs are ranked.
  • The Wildcats are 39-121-5 all-time against teams ranked in the top 25.
  • Kentucky returns to action on Saturday, hosting Tennessee in the regular-season finale at Commonwealth Stadium. The game is set for a 12:21 p.m. ET kickoff in Lexington, with a live telecast on the SEC Network, with Dave Neal (play-by-play), Andre Ware (color) and Cara Capuano (sideline) calling the action. Tom Leach (play-by-play), Jeff Piecoro (color) and Dick Gabriel (sideline) will voice the action on the UK IMG Sports Network (radio).

Team Notes

  • Georgia won the toss and deferred to the second half.
  • This is the sixth consecutive game UK has recorded at least one takeaway on defense. UK forced Georgia into four turnovers, including one interception.   
  • The Wildcats scored on their opening possession for the third time this season, also recording opening-drive field goals against Central Michigan and Louisville.
  • UK’s defense held Georgia to 317 yards of total offense, the third lowest opponent total offensive yards allowed by UK in 2011. 
  • Georgia’s 317 total yards of offense is its second-lowest total of the year, just behind the 315 the Bulldogs gained against Mississippi State.

Scoring Drives

  • Kentucky got on the board in its first possession, taking an early lead behind a 32-yard field goal from Craig McIntosh. Key play: Matt Roark’s hauled in a career-long 46-yard catch on a third down to put UK in striking distance on a 65-yard drive. Kentucky 3, Georgia 0 – 11:16 1st quarter
  • After recovering a Kentucky onside kick, Georgia evened up the game on its first possession, driving it six plays for 23 yards and completing the drive with a Blair Walsh 39-yard field goal. Key play: Aaron Murray found Malcolm Mitchell for an 11-yard completion on second down. Kentucky 3, Georgia 3 – 8:46 1st quarter
  • After an interception and a 53-yard return from Branden Smith, the Bulldogs took the lead with a 40-yard field goal from Walsh. Key play: three Georgia rushing attempts from inside the 25-yard line results in a third-down stop for UK, forcing the field goal attempt. Georgia 6, Kentucky 3 – 2:12 1st quarter
  • After recovering a Georgia fumble, the Wildcats took the lead with a six-play, 27-yard touchdown drive that finished with a two-yard touchdown pass from Smith to Tyler Robinson. Key play: on third and 10, Maxwell Smith found tight end Nick Mellilo for a first-down catch in traffic across the middle, keeping the drive alive with a 13-yard grab. Kentucky 10, Georgia 6 – 8:30 2nd quarter
  • After a punt return to the Kentucky 23, Georgia got on the board late in the first half after a seven-play, 16-yard drive resulted in a 25-yard field goal from Walsh. Key play: on third and 12, UGA quarterback Aaron Murray scrambled out of the pocket for 13 yards and a first down. Kentucky 10, Georgia 9 – 1:53 2nd quarter
  • The Bulldogs took their first lead of the game late in the half after a UK fumble on a kickoff return. Key play: Walsh connects on a 39-yard field goal after the UK defense mounted a stand to force the field-goal attempt. Georgia 12, Kentucky 10 – 0:48 2nd quarter
  • After recovering a UK fumble inside the Wildcats 10-yard line, Georgia added to its lead. Key play: facing a third and goal from the seven-yard line, Murray connected with Marlon Brown for a touchdown pass. Georgia 19, Kentucky 10 – 14:55 4th quarter

Individual Notes

  • Smith made the third start of his career and his third consecutive start at quarterback.
    • He finished 17-for-34 with 133 yards, connecting on one touchdown.
  • Sophomore wide receiver and two-sport standout Brian Adams made his first start of the year and the second of his career in his return to his home state.
  • Senior Matt Roark’s 46-yard catch in the first quarter marked a new career-long reception.
    • Roark finished with three catches for a team-best 51 yards.
  • Tight end Anthony Kendrick hauled in his first catch of the 2011 season.
    • Kendrick caught a career-high three balls for 22 yards.
  • Freshman fullback D.J. Warren hauled in a career-long 15-yard catch to complete a first down in the second quarter.
  • Senior linebacker Danny Trevathan forced his team-leading fourth fumble of the year in the second quarter.
    • Trevathan led UK with a career-high tying 17 tackles, recording three tackles for a loss and one sack.
    • He now has double-digit tackles in 17 of the last 20 games and now owns 21 career games with at least 10 tackles.
    • With 366 tackles in his career, Trevathan moves into 10th place in UK career history, passing Richard Jaffe (76-69) and Brian Williams (82-85), who each had 350 career tackles.
  • Senior safety Taiedo Smith recovered his first fumble of his career in the second quarter after Trevathan forced the fumble.
  • Robinson, UK’s sophomore tight end, connected with Smith for his first touchdown catch of the season and the second of his career.
  • Senior cornerback Randall Burden hauled in his third interception of the year in the Georgia end zone in the third quarter. Burden now has interceptions in two consecutive games.
    • Burden owns six career interceptions.
  • True freshman safety Ashely Lowery made his first collegiate start, totaling five tackles.
  • Senior Winston Guy recovered the first fumble of his four-year career in the third period, adding four tackles. 
  • Freshman Mike Douglas forced the first fumble of his career in the third quarter, finishing with four tackles.
  • Freshman Miles Simpson made his first career tackle for a loss in the fourth period.
  • Coshik Williams caught a career-high five balls, also rushing eight times.
  • Sophomore running back Raymond Sanders led UK on the ground, rushing seven times for 37 yards.
  • Ryan Tydlacka punted eight times for a 46.4 average, including three inside the 20-yard line and a long of 63 yards.
  • Sophomore Mister Cobble recorded his first career sack from his defensive line post, adding four tackles.
  • Cornerback Anthony Mosely charted a career-high two pass breakups.