Kentucky Sports Report provides a look at the match-up between the Wildcats and the Georgia Bulldogs.
Georgia at Kentucky
When: Saturday, October 23, 7:30 pm Eastern
Where: Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington, Ky.
9/4 – vs. Louisiana-Lafayette W 55-7
9/11 – at South Carolina L 17-6
9/18 – vs. Arkansas L 31-24
9/25 – at Mississippi State L 24-12
10/2 – at Colorado L 29-27
10/9 – vs. Tennessee W 41-14
10/16 – vs. Vanderbilt W 43-0
10/23 – at Kentucky
10/30 – at Florida
11/6 – vs. Idaho State
11/13 – at Auburn
11/27 – vs. Georgia Tech
Georgia Rushing: Washaun Ealey 77 carries, 369 yards, 2 touchdowns
Kentucky Rushing: Derrick Locke 108 carries, 574 yards, 7 touchdowns
Georgia Passing: Aaron Murray 112-181, 1653 yards, 12 touchdowns, 3 intercetptions
Kentucky Passing: Mike Hartline 157-230, 1791 yards, 13 touchdowns, 3 interceptions
Georgia Receiving: Kris Durham 22 catches, 453 yards, 2 touchdowns
Kentucky Receiving: Chris Matthews, 482 yards, 6 touchdowns
Georgia Tackles: Akeem Dent 62 tackles, 4.5 for loss
Kentucky Tackles: Danny Trevathan 79 tackles, 9 for loss
Georgia Sacks: Justin Houston 7 sacks
Kentucky Sacks: Taylor Wyndham 2.5 sacks
Georgia Interceptions: Sanders Commings 2 interceptions
Kentucky Interceptions: Winston Guy 2 interceptions
Rushing Offense: Kentucky 158.7 – Georgia 150.4
Passing Offense: Kentucky 270.6 – Georgia 244.9
Total Offense: Kentucky 429.3 – Georgia 395.3
Scoring Offense: Kentucky 35.3 – Georgia 29.7
Rushing Defense: Kentucky 176 – Georgia 105.3
Passing Defense: Kentucky 185.9 – Georgia 184.9
Total Defense: Kentucky 361.9 – Georgia 290.1
Scoring Defense: Kentucky 29.9 – Georgia 17.4
Turnover Margin: Kentucky +.57 – Georgia +.57
Last season Kentucky pulled off one of the bigger wins in program history, defeating Georgia in Athens. This season, the odds aren’t completely against the Wildcats as it’s a home game, but both teams are playing solid football at this point. Georgia looks much better the last couple of weeks with A.J. Green now back on the field.
Georgia is one of the nation’s best defenses, despite the struggles they’ve experienced this season. The Bulldogs run a 3-4 defense and Kentucky will have to find a way to defend the various blitz packages that Georgia will toss at them. Georgia also has the athletes and players to actually show a 4-3 look situationally, which makes it that much harder for the Wildcat offense to adjust. Kentucky will have to find a running game this week, using some Wildcat offense, but they will also have to find a way to get Donald Russell and Raymond Sanders into space. Depending on the frequency of the blitzes, Kentucky will throw several screen plays into the mix to slow down the Bulldog rush.
Georgia’s offense had struggled most of the season, until the return of all-world receiver A.J. Green. Green opens up the Bulldog offense significantly and is a tough cover, similar to that of South Carolina receiver Alshon Jeffrey. While Georgia’s run game doesn’t stand out, the Bulldogs can hurt you on the ground and quarterback Aaron Murray can make plays outside of the pocket with his arm and his legs. Kentucky will have to get pressure on Murray and keep containment to the outside to keep him from getting out as well as keeping Ealey running between the tackles. Kentucky has shown and used more blitz the last few weeks and the Wildcats will likely continue this type of defensive strategy.
Kentucky could make a big move in the SEC standings should they defeat the Bulldogs. A win over South Carolina leaves only three conference games left on the schedule and the Wildcats could be favored in each. That places some pressure on this young Wildcat team. Kentucky will have to find a way to keep A.J. Green from dominating through the air, and more than that, Kentucky will have to put pressure on Murray, keeping him from getting into rhythm, throwing the ball. Kentucky will also need to establish their run game against the three man front and make Georgia adjust their game plan. Final Score: Kentucky 31, Georgia 27