LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – Barion Brown signaling off the kickoff return prior to possession of the ball is how the Wildcats started off their afternoon, but even with the worst start of the year, the Cats pulled one of their better first drives in a long time.
However, Georgia’s defense showed why they were the number one defense in the country. The Bulldogs came up with a big stop on fourth and from Jamon Dumas-Johnson and Nazir Stackhouse to force a turnover on downs.
Georgia answered on their first drive, settling for a 27-yard field goal by Jack Podlesny.
Kentucky, then put together another decent drive, getting Dane Key, Juhtan McClain, and Chris Rodriguez involved. Will Levis even had a pair of big runs to put the Cats on the UGA 16-yard line.
Then we saw what we’ve seen a lot of the last few weeks – a breakdown in this Wildcats offense. Georgia’s Kelee Ringo picks off Will Levis and sets up another field goal for the Bulldogs to go up 6-0.
Kentucky left the half down 9-0, giving up a total of three field goals the first half and just 161 yards of total offense.
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The Cats’ defense didn’t let up to start the second half. Jordan Lovett grabbed his first interception of the season making it the eighth for the Wildcats this year, but again this offense couldn’t scheme up anything to put points on the board.
Georgia however, took full advantage of their next drive. The Bulldogs marched down the field on an eight-play drive for 58 yards. Kenny McIntosh capped it off with a 9-yard score for the game’s first touchdown to put UGA up 16-0.
The Wildcats’ defense stiffened forcing a three-and-out on Georgia, and finally, it pays off on the next drive.
Nine plays for 99 yards later, Will Levis finds Barion Brown across the middle for an 8-yard touchdown to get on the board. The two-point conversion was no good and Kentucky trailed 16-6 with 9:52 left to go in the game.
Brown continued to give this Kentucky team life throughout the rest of the game.
He finished with 145 yards on 10 receptions, but it wasn’t enough as Georgia wins 16-6.