Date story was published||| Sunday, October 28, 1990
Doug Pelfrey kicked a 32-yard field goal with seven seconds left to give Kentucky a dramatic 26-24 victory over visiting Georgia last night at Commonwealth Stadium.
Down 24-23, quarterback Freddie Maggard, subbing for the injured Brad Smith, moved Kentucky 64 yards in 10 plays, setting up Pelfrey's game-winning kick after the Wildcats had given up two second-half kick returns for Georgia touchdowns.
The junior quarterback completed passes of 22 yards to Phil Logan, 8 yards to Logan, 17 yards to Terry Samuels and 9 yards to Rodney Jackson.
Chuck Carswell's 69-yard punt return with 6:19 left had given the Bulldogs a 24-23 lead.
Freshman Andre Hastings returned a kickoff 89 yards for the Bulldogs' other second-half score as Ray Goff's team fought back twice from deficits.
After Hastings' return had given the visitors a 17-16 lead, Kentucky drove 80 yards, Al Baker scoring from a yard out for a 23-17 Cat lead with 4:31 left in the third quarter.
But Kentucky was forced to punt on its next three possessions. And for Georgia the third time was the charm, Carswell taking the kick at his own 31, eluding one tackler, then finding a lane down the right sideline for the score. John Kasay's extra point kick broke the tie.
But Kentucky came back to get the win, improving its record to 3-5 overall and 2-2 in the SEC. It was UK's second straight win at home over Georgia, the Cats having beaten the Bulldogs 16-10 in 1988.
Georgia dropped to 4-4 overall and 2-3 in the league.
Baker ran for two touchdowns and 131 yards on 23 carries. Smith threw for another score before being shaken up in the fourth quarter.
After a 10-10 tie, Kentucky forced its first turnover in its last five games, the Kentucky defense came up with a fumble. Jeff Brady nailed tailback Larry Ware, forcing the ball loose. Jim Garves recovered at the Bulldog 47.
Eight plays later, Kentucky took the lead, Baker taking a pitch left against the Georgia blitz. Bulldog safety Mike Jones overran the play and Baker took the ball down the right sideline and in for the score. Georgia's Bernard Williams blocked the extra point attempt, but UK led 16-10 with 9:46 left in the third quarter.
Hastings took the ensuing kickoff on his own 11, ran through six tackles and was off, speeding down the left sideline for the score. It was the first time this season UK allowed a kickoff return for a touchdown.
But then Kentucky answered the call, driving 80 yards for the score for what appeared to be the winning touchdown. That was, until Carswell's return.
Kentucky began the game by taking the opening kickoff and picking up four first downs, moving to the Georgia 27. But on third-and-nine from the 23, Smith overthrew fullback Terry Samuels. Georgia free safety Mike Jones tipped the ball and teammate corner Ralph Thompson intercepted at the 3-yard line. It broke a string of 55 consecutive pass attempts without an interception for Smith.
Two drives later, Georgia drew first blood. The Bulldogs marched 60 yards in 11 plays. On third-and-goal from the five, quarterback Greg Talley looked into the left end zone, then wheeled and threw back to the right side to a wide-open tight end Shannon Mitchell. John Kasay's extra point kick made it 7-0 Georgia with 1:09 left in the first quarter.
A 27-yard Kasay field goal made it 10-0 Bulldogs. UK's John Bolden had managed but the 12-yard line on the kickoff after the Georgia touchdown. Three plays later, Kentucky punted from its own 11, giving Georgia great field position at the Wildcat 43. The Dogs earned two first downs. When the drive stalled, Kasay nailed the kick, 11:07 left before halftime.
Finally, with 7:23 remaining, Kentucky's offense got going again. The Cats took over at the Georgia 46. Smith, off-target the first quarter, threw 7 yards to tight end Rodney Jackson. Baker then took a pitch to the right side, broke a tackle at the 35, and picked up 22 yards to the 17. Baker picked up three more yards to the 14.
Then Smith hit Kurt Johnson in the left flat, and the tiny sophomore put a move on Carswell at the 5-yard line and scored standing up. Doug Pelfrey's extra point kick cut the lead to 10-7 with 6:18 left.
Next possession, UK marched again. Smith completed four of his first six passes on the drive. His 15-yard completion to Phil Logan took the ball to the Georgia 8. Smith carried for 2 yards to the 6. But next play UK was flagged for illegal procedure, moving the ball back to the 11. Two straight incompletions later, Pelfrey booted a 29-yard field goal to tie the score at 10.
After Georgia's first two drives of the first half, the Bulldogs were held to 61 yards on their next four possessions.
Baker carried nine times for 55 yards in the first half. Georgia's Garrison Hearst carried 13 times for 58 yards in the first half.