Extra Points: How Georgia beat Kentucky

November 23, 2013 

  • Tennessee at Kentucky

    When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30

    TV: ESPNU

    Records: Kentucky 2-9 (0-7 SEC); Tennessee 4-7 (1-6)

Recapping Georgia's 59-17 victory over Kentucky at Athens on Saturday

FIRST HALF

Summary: A nice kickoff return, a 44-yard screen to Todd Gurley and an Aaron Murray touchdown pass — Georgia led 7-0, 64 seconds into the game. Soon after it was Murray to Gurley for a 16-yard TD and it was looking ugly. UK quarterback Jalen Whitlow was injured and lost a fumble at his own 15. Georgia made it 21-0. Dyshawn Mobley put some life in UK with a 69-yard TD burst up the middle. Murray's fourth scoring pass came two minutes into the second quarter. While Maxwell Smith replaced the injured Whitlow, Murray was intercepted and injured late in the half.

Halftime: Georgia 35, Kentucky 10

Thumbs up: The one run by Mobley.

Thumbs down: Kentucky's offense. Kentucky's defense

Worthy of a replay: Mobley's 69-yard run.

SECOND HALF

Summary: Kentucky opened the second half with an 18-yard loss on an attempted handoff to Ryan Timmons. Whitlow was out and so was Jojo Kemp, who was carried off the field following the last play of first half. Murray was injured for Georgia but it made little difference. Georgia scored four minutes into the half. Two plays later, after a Raymond Sanders fumble, it was 49-10. Kentucky had no answers.

Final: Georgia 59, Kentucky 17

Thumbs up: Maxwell Smith did not get hurt.

Thumbs down: Kentucky's offense. Kentucky's defense.

Worthy of a replay: Nothing worth watching, much less watching twice.

TALKING POINTS

■ This football season can't end quickly. enough.

■ It seems like forever since we heard that Mobley was going to get the ball more. Yet he hadn't and after the long scoring run, that notion seemed more likely than ever. Not that it made any difference, but Mobley disappeared after the score.

■ How far does UK need to climb to get out of the Southeastern Conference cellar? In the last two years, UK's closest SEC game has been a 29-24 loss to Georgia last year. There have been only two other losses under 13 points.

■ Forget talk of "moral" victories — the hope was these kind of performances were in the rearview mirror. The last time UK gave up this many points was a 63-5 loss to Florida in 2008, one year before Rich Brooks retired.

NUMBERS DON'T LIE

■ By the middle of the first quarter, Murray had already thrown for more than 100 yards. With 6:36 left in the first quarter, Murray had thrown for three TDs.

■ Mobley had 65 yards rushing for the year before his touchdown run for 69.

■ Georgia had 21 points before UK had a first down or total yardage on the plus side.

■ Murray had four touchdown passes 17 minutes into the game. That is one less than Whitlow (five) and three less than Smith (seven) have thrown this year.

■ UK linebacker Khalid Henderson intercepted Murray — only UK's second pick of the year.

■ Take away the Mobley run and UK had 1 rushing yard on 17 attempts, and 37 yards of offense in the first half. UK had three first downs in the half; Georgia 19.

LOOKING AHEAD

Kentucky gets on more chance at a big win as Tennessee comes to Commonwealth Stadium.

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