Kentucky’s 14-3 loss to Georgia today had plenty of frustrating moments, but it wasn’t all bad. Here of some of the more encouraging notes, courtesy of UK Athletics.
- Kentucky limited Georgia to 14 points, fewest that UK has allowed vs. the Bulldogs since 1996, when UGA scored 12.
- Kentucky had two interceptions today, giving the Wildcats 11 on the season. Despite playing just six games so far, that’s already more than the 2018 and 2019 seasons and equals the 2017 total of 11.
- In the second quarter, Kentucky had a 19-play, 77-yard drive, taking 10:28 off the clock, that ended in a 34-yard field goal by Matt Ruffolo. It is Kentucky’s longest drive of the year in terms of plays and time of possession.
- UK’s game captain was center Drake Jackson. Jackson wore uniform No. 65 today in honor of offensive line coach John Schlarman, who is dealing with cancer.
- Making his first collegiate start, sophomore quarterback Joey Gatewood completed 15 of 25 passes for 91 yards and no interceptions. He added 23 net rushing yards.
- Sophomore running back Chris Rodriguez Jr. rushed 20 times for 108 yards
- It is his second 100-yard game of the season and fourth of his career
- Now has 989 career rushing yards, needs 11 more to become the 39th player in school history to reach 1,000 career yards.
- Rodriguez’ 23-yard run in the third quarter is the longest Georgia has allowed all season.
- Senior running back A.J. Rose had three carries for seven yards.
- Rose now has 1,547 career rushing yards, moving past Raymond Sanders (1,542) for 19th place in school history.
- Senior wide receiver Josh Ali led the Wildcat pass catchers with five receptions for 35 yards.
- Junior linebacker Jamin Davis had a career-high 13 tackles, his fourth consecutive game with double-figure stops. He also blocked a field goal, caused a fumble and had a pass breakup.
- He blocked a field goal on the final play of the first half. It is the first blocked kick of his career and UK’s first blocked kick of the season. It is UK’s first blocked field goal since Josh Allen in the VRBO Citrus Bowl on Jan. 1, 2019.
- Junior linebacker Jordan Wright had a career-high seven tackles.
- In the second quarter, senior defensive tackle Phil Hoskins batted a pass, then caught it for his first interception of his career.
- In the third quarter, sophomore cornerback Kelvin Joseph picked off his third interception of the season, all coming in the last four games.
- Junior defensive end Josh Paschal wore uniform number 22 today in honor of teammate Chris Oats, who is dealing with a serious medical condition but was able to attend the game today. Paschal had four tackles today, including one for loss.
- Senior punter Max Duffy had an excellent day. Punting mostly from the middle of the field, he averaged 42.5 yards, with no return yardage, and landed punts on the 14-, 8-, and 9-yard lines.
- Senior kicker Matt Ruffolo made his only kick of the day, a 34-yard field goal in the second quarter.