How Georgia beat Kentucky: Quarter by quarter

Herald-Leader Staff ReportOctober 20, 2012 

  • Kentucky at Louisville

    When: Noon Saturday

    TV: ESPN2

    Records: Louisville 8-3 (5-3 ACC); Kentucky 5-6 (2-6 SEC)

    Series: Kentucky leads 14-12

    Line: Louisville by 12½

First quarter

Summary: Who were these guys? Kentucky marched 84 yards on 13 plays. Jalen Whitlow was QB for most of the drive but the TD came when Morgan Newton and Aaron Boyd — two veterans off the radar — hooked up from 4 yards out. Taylor Wyndham's sack stopped Georgia's first drive and a 50-yard Landon Foster punt pinned Georgia on its own 3. Four plays later, Georgia scored.

Thumbs up: Kentucky's streak of 20 games without a first quarter offensive TD ended.

Thumbs down: 4 plays, 97 yards. Too easy.

Second quarter

Summary: UK answered with some nice runs and some trickery. Whitlow threw back to DeMarco Robinson, who passed to Whitlow for 33 yards to the Georgia 2. Newton ran in for the TD. A 48-yard Murray completion set up Georgia's next score but the PAT failed. Georgia added a field goal.

Thumbs up: Jonathan George and Raymond Sanders helped UK run for 137 yards in the first half, more than in all but two of its previous games.

Thumbs down: UK had no match for Tavarres King (six catches, 147 yards, two TDs in the first half).

Third quarter

Summary: For the first time this year, UK stopped the opponent on its first drive of the second half. Craig McIntosh's 37-yard field goal put UK back on top 17-16 at 10:46. The teams traded punts before Murray completed a 22-yard TD pass for a 22-17 lead. Newton finished the quarter at QB for the Cats, with Whitlow suffering headaches.

Thumbs up: A 26-point underdog with a coach under fire, Kentucky kept this one interesting.

Thumbs down: Kentucky completed two passes for 19 yards.

Fourth quarter

Summary: A tough call on UK for roughing the punter kept alive a Georgia drive that eventually covered 89 yards. Murray's fourth TD pass put Georgia up 29-17, with 7:51 left. Whitlow returned and UK promptly went 75 yards, capped off by a 3-yard Sanders run. It was 29-24 at 3:59. An onside kick attempt failed and UK ran only one more play before time ran out.

Thumbs up: UK put up a good fight.

Thumbs down: The good fight led to another loss.

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