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).
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.
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
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.