Kentucky lost its eleventh-straight game against Georgia after another sluggish offensive performance at Kroger Field. The Wildcats gained only 229 yards in the 14-3 loss to the Dawgs.
Offensive coordinator Eddie Gran tried to inject some life into the offense by inserting Joey Gatewood at quarterback. The more significant surge came from Chris Rodriguez. The McDonough, Ga. native got the offense rolling in the second quarter, moving the Cats into scoring range with a tough fourth down conversion before UK ultimately had to settle for a field goal.
Rodriguez finished with 108 yards on 20 carries (5.4 yards per carry), his second 100+ rushing yard game of the season. Gatewood was 15-of-25 for 91 yards; the longest pass play only went 11 yards. Gatewood only accounted for 23 yards on 16 carries after he was sacked four times.
While the Wildcats’ offense struggled producing big plays against Georgia’s highly-touted defense, Kentucky’s defense made big plays to keep UK in the game. Phil Hoskins tipped the ball into the air and picked off the Stetson Bennett IV pass near the red zone, stalling a scoring opportunity right before half. All hope appeared to vanish after a second half Gatewood fumble, until Kelvin Joseph picked off his third pass of the season just inches from the sideline.
Georgia’s Zamir White rushed for a career-high 136 yards on 26 carries, including a 22-yard third quarter score that ultimately put the game out of reach.
Kentucky falls to 2-4 entering the bye week. It will be a long two weeks for the BBN before the Wildcats get a chance to bounce back against Vanderbilt.