UK Plays Host to UGA on Homecoming, Dermontti Dawson Day
Oct. 18, 2012
For the fifth time this season and the fourth time in the last five weeks, Kentucky will face a ranked opponent when it lines up against No. 12/13 Georgia on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET at Commonwealth Stadium. The game will serve as UK's annual Homecoming Game and also will be Dermontti Dawson Day.
Dermontti Dawson Day honors the former UK standout offensive lineman who was a recent Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee. Dawson, who played at Kentucky from 1984-87, will be on hand for the game, including signing autographs in the Wildcat Refuge two hours before kickoff. Dawson will also be honored on the field during the game, while the first 10,000 fans in the stadium will receive a Dermontti Dawson rally towel.
Kentucky is coming off a weather-shortened 49-7 loss last weekend at Arkansas with the game being terminated after two suspensions of play due to lightning. UK scored its lone points of the game before the second suspension when true freshman quarterback Jalen Whitlow connected with senior wide receiver La'Rod King for a 61-yard touchdown.
The touchdown reception for King was the 17th of his career, tying Steve Meilinger for fifth place on the UK career list. King has 1,569 receiving yards in his career, moving past Anthony White for seventh place on the UK career list. King leads UK in receiving this season with 31 catches for 351 yards and four touchdowns to rank tied for eighth in the league in receptions per game.
Junior linebacker Avery Williamson continues to lead the UK defense with 68 tackles this season, ranking him third in the conference. Sophomore Bud Dupree is second on the team with 49 tackles, while he has 6.5 tackles for loss to rank tied for 15th in the conference.
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The Georgia Bulldogs entered a matchup with South Carolina ranked in the top five and hoping to declare themselves contenders for both the Southeastern Conference and national championship. Instead, the Gamecocks delivered their best performance of the season, sending Georgia home with a 35-7 loss, its first of the season.
A bye week followed the defeat, meaning Bulldogs haven't been able to do much other than practice and stew over the loss as they awaited their next chance to hit the field. That next chance will come this weekend when Kentucky plays host to Georgia. The Wildcats expect to have a hungry team on their hands... read the full preview
No. 12/13 Georgia enters Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday coming off a bye week. The Bulldogs are 5-1 this season and 3-1 in SEC play. UGA won its first five games of the season against Buffalo, Missouri, Florida Atlantic, Vanderbilt and Tennessee, before falling 35-7 to No. 6 South Carolina two weeks ago in Columbia, S.C.
The Bulldogs have had a high-powered offense this season, scoring 40 or more points in five of their six games, including 50-plus points in two games. Junior quarterback Aaron Murray leads the offense, ranking fourth in the conference in both passing efficiency and total offense. Murray's favorite target this season has been Michael Bennett, who has 24 catches for 345 yards and four touchdowns. Marlon Brown and Tavarres King each have three touchdown receptions.
As a team, UGA ranks third in the SEC and 19th nationally in rushing offense (226.5), fourth in the SEC and 42nd nationally in passing offense (257.5) and second in the league and 20th nationally in total offense (484.0). Running back Todd Gurley has had a great season on the ground, ranking fourth in the league in rushing with 95.83 yards per game. Backup tailback Keith Marshall is 10th in the league in rushing with 77.50 yards per game.
Defensively, UGA has limited two of the four SEC teams they have faced to 20 points or less. The Bulldogs rank 39th nationally in pass defense allowing only 212.33 passing yards a game, while also sit-ting 50th in total defense (373.83), 51st in scoring defense (24.17) and 67th in rushing defense (161.50). Linebacker Jarvis Jones has been a headache for quarterbacks this season, ranking ninth nationally in sacks and second in the SEC. Fellow linebacker Armalo Herrera leads the team in tackles 47.