Instant analysis (gleaned from the SEC Network broadcast) from Kentucky’s 27-3 loss to Georgia:
HOW THE GAME WAS WON
Georgia dominated a punchless Kentucky offense, picking off Patrick Towles twice and holding the Cats to 180 total yards.
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1. Sony Michel. He may not be a Nick Chubb, but the Georgia sophomore running back (165 yards rushing, one touchdown) was plenty good enough to throttle Kentucky.
2. Dominick Sanders. The Georgia safety had almost as many catches off Patrick Towles (two interceptions) as UK’s leading receiver Garrett Johnson (three) did.
1. Kentucky offense. Cats couldn’t throw it, struggled to run it and did not block well up front. Other than that ...
2. Patrick Towles. UK quarterback was yet again victimized by drops and poor pass protection, but 8-of-21 for 96 yards passing with two interceptions is not going to win many football games.
3. Kentucky special teams. A fumbled punt that set up a Georgia field goal. An offsides penalty that negated a recovered UK onside kick just before halftime. Other lowlights. For the second straight week, the UK special teams were a dumpster fire.
4. Mark Stoops. There’s no disgrace in losing at Mississippi State, to Tennessee and at Georgia. Not being competitive at all in any of those games, however, is a troubling development in the third year of a coaching regime.
149-51. In three seasons, Georgia has outscored Mark Stoops-coached Kentucky teams 149-51.
For its ninth game, Kentucky wore blue chrome helmets, white jerseys and blue pants.
Kentucky will travel to Vanderbilt (3-6, 1-4 SEC) next Saturday for a 4 p.m. kickoff against the Commodores in Nashville. Vandy gave No. 10 Florida all it wanted in The Swamp on Saturday before losing 9-7.
KNOW YOUR FOE
1. Kentucky snapped a three-game losing streak against Vanderbilt by beating the Commodores 17-7 last year in Commonwealth Stadium. UK held Vandy to 139 yards of total offense and without an offensive touchdown (lone VU score came on a Darrius Sims interception return).
2. Vanderbilt will be trying to even the all-time series with Kentucky. UK presently has a 42-41-4 advantage.
3. Vandy is stout defensively. Going into the Florida game, Vanderbilt led the SEC in third-down conversion defense (allowing only a 25-percent conversion rate). The Commodores had surrendered only 10 touchdowns on 28 trips by their opponents’ offense into the red zone.