KENTUCKY vs. GEORGIA
Saturday, 7 p.m. ET
Sanford Stadium (92,746) Athens, Ga.
Record: 2-8, 0-6 Southeastern Conference
Ranking: Not ranked
Last game: L, 22-6 at Vanderbilt (A)
Coach: Mark Stoops (Iowa, 1989)
Record: 2-8 (First season)
at UK: 2-8 (First season)
vs. UGA: 0-0
Record: 6-4, 4-3 Southeastern Conference
Ranking: Not ranked
Last game: L, 43-38 at Auburn (A)
Coach: Mark Richt (Miami, 1982)
Record: 124-44 (13th Year)
at UGA: 124-44 (13th Year)
vs. UK: 9-2
Series Record vs. Georgia:
Overall: Georgia leads all-time series 52-12-2
in Athens: Georgia leads 26-4-2
WILDCAT KEYS TO THE GAME:
When Kentucky has the ball… The Bulldogs feature an explosive offense, so the Cats don't want to get into a shootout on Saturday. The running game, ball security and possession time will be big keys once again, but sophomore quarterback Jalen Whitlow (1,035 yards passing, 5 TD/464 yards rushing, 6 TD) will have to come up with some key throws here and there to keep the chains moving. He was picked off four times last week by Vanderbilt after throwing only one interception all season prior to that game, so it will be interesting to see how he bounces back. Whitlow will also be without one of his top receiving threats, junior Demarco Robinson (20 receptions, 213 yards, 2 TD), who was suspended by Mark Stoops this week for an unspecified violation of team rules.
When Georgia has the ball… UK has its hands full in a matchup with one of the nation's top quarterbacks, senior Aaron Murray (2,892 yards, 22 touchdowns), who recently became the SEC's all-time leader in passing yardage. The future NFL signal caller will be facing a Wildcat secondary that has shown improvement over recent years in overall coverage, but has yet to record an interception this season. The Bulldogs are averaging 35.8 points per game, so Saturday would be a good time for those DBs to notch their first takeaways. Kentucky's pass rush has been strong this season (21 sacks, T5th SEC) but UGA does a great job of protecting Murray. Opponents have sacked the Bulldogs only 12 times this season.
• Junior defensive end Bud Dupree has 16 career sacks, needing one more to tie for fourth all-time in school history. Dupree has 7.0 sacks this season needing just two more to tie for the fourth most sacks in a season (Jeremy Jarmon 9 in 2007, Oliver Barnett 9 in 1988).
• Senior linebacker Avery Williamson has 282 career tackles, needing 18 more to be the 19th player in school history to record 300 or more tackles in a career. Danny Trevathan (2008-11) was the last to join the list.
• Senior running back Raymond Sanders has 1,542 career rushing yards and needs 67 more to tie Steve Campassi for 15th on UK’s career rushing list.
ON THIS DAY IN UK HISTORY:
Saturday marks the 13th time in school history that Kentucky has played a game on Nov. 23. UK holds an all-time record of 3-9 on this date. The Wildcats’ first game on this date was a 16-10 win at home vs. Louisville A.C. in 1895. UK’s last game on this date was a 56-10 loss to Tennessee in Knoxville in 1996. Kentucky and Georgia have never met on this date.
• Kentucky’s last win over UGA in Athens was a 34-27 victory in 2009, which was its first win in Athens since 1977.
• UK has 17 players on its roster from the Peach State, the most Wildcats from any state outside of the Commonwealth. Georgia, however, does not have a player from the Bluegrass State on its 2013 roster.
• Jalen Whitlow, Raymond Sanders and JoJo Kemp have each rushed for more than 400 yards this season, the first time UK has had three players surpass 400 rushing yards in a season since 1986.
• UK is averaging 11.3 yards per reception this season, which would tie the third-highest yards per reception average UK has had in the last 10 seasons.