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Quarter by quarter: How Kentucky Lost

Kentucky running back Raymond Sanders was tackled by Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones. The Cats gained only two yards in the third quarter.
Kentucky running back Raymond Sanders was tackled by Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones. The Cats gained only two yards in the third quarter. ASSOCIATED PRESS

First quarter

Summary: Maxwell Smith opened the game with a 16-yard screen pass, then hit Matt Roark for 46 yards. UK went up 3-0. Georgia threatened on its first two possessions but was held to one field goal. A Smith interception set up Georgia's second field goal.

Thumbs up: UK's offense came out gambling; defense with energy.

Thumbs down: Another drive was stopped by a third-down drop (Gene McCaskill).

Second quarter

Summary: A Taiedo Smith fumble recovery set up a TD pass to Tyler Robinson. A punt to the UK 1 resulted in UGA getting the ball at the UK 23. UK held UGA to a field goal. UGA recovered an Ashely Lowery fumble at the UK 30 but the defense held UGA to a field goal again.

Thumbs up: Big shout-out to the UK defense (124 Georgia yards).

Thumbs down: More drops (La'Rod King) and a special-teams fumble.

Third quarter

Summary: Randall Burden stopped a UGA drive with a pick in the end zone. Next drive, Winston Guy recovered UGA fumble at own 40. UK offense gained 2 yards in period, then Smith lost a fumble at his own 10 near the end of the quarter.

Thumbs up: It's been awhile since a Kentucky defense came up this big.

Thumbs down: Facing third-and-1 early in quarter, UK had to use a timeout — then lost a yard.

Fourth quarter

Summary: Georgia went up 19-10 on the first play of the fourth quarter. The UK offense struggled as UGA began to dominate the line of scrimmage. Less than three minutes remained before UK got a first down in the half. The Cats never threatened to make it close.

Thumbs up: Danny Trevathan and the Kentucky defense kept it close.

Thumbs down: The Kentucky offense did not help the cause.

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