Oct. 20, 2012
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The No. 11 University of Georgia football team outlasted the Kentucky Wildcats 29-24 on Saturday night in front of 54,553 fans and a Fox SportSouth televised audience at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Ky. With the win, Georgia improves to 6-1 on the season and 4-1 in Southeastern Conference play. Kentucky dropped to 1-7 overall and 0-5 in SEC play.
Aaron Murray led the team's aerial attack, going 30-of-38 for a career-high 427 yards and four touchdowns. During the game, Murray set Georgia's all-time record for touchdown passes in a career, surpassing David Greene, who finished with 72. Tavarres King was Murray's leading target, finishing with nine catches for 188 yards and two touchdowns. Malcolm Mitchell finished with nine catches for 103 yards, while Chris Conley and Arthur Lynch combined for 75 yards and two touchdowns.
Alec Ogletree led Georgia defensively, finishing with 11 tackles, including three solo stops. Shawn Williams and Bacarri Rambo finished with 10 tackles each, including four unassisted tackles each. Kwame Geathers recorded Georgia's only sack of the night.
The Wildcats struck first, taking a 7-0 lead on the opening drive of the game. Kentucky kept it on the ground for most of the 13-play, 84-yard drive, before Morgan Newton completed a four-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Boyd.
The Bulldogs tied it at 7-7 on its second possession of the game. After starting in the shadows of his own goal posts, Murray found King for a 66-yard touchdown pass.
Kentucky went up 14-7 with just under 12 minutes left in the half on a two-yard run by Newton. The Bulldogs followed with its second touchdown in as many drives. King set up the touchdown with a 46-yard catch that set the Bulldogs up with 1st-and-Goal at the Kentucky five. Two plays later, Murray found King in the middle of the end zone for a touchdown. A missed point after brought the score to 14-13.
With just under two minutes left in the half, Murray orchestrated a drive that resulted in a 26-yard field goal by Marshall Morgan that sent the Bulldogs into the locker room holding a 16-14 lead.
In the second half the Wildcats marched down to the Georgia 16 before Geathers tackled Newton for a four-yard loss and Cornelius Washington batted down a pass. Kentucky had to settle for a field goal that allowed it to retake the lead at 17-16.
With 7:11 left in the third quarter, Murray led the Bulldogs on a six-play, 62-yard drive that was capped off with a 22-yard touchdown pass to Conley. Georgia went for the two-point conversion, but did not convert, giving it a five-point lead at 22-17.
With Georgia punting after a three-and-out, Kentucky was flagged for running into the kicker, giving the Bulldogs a fresh set of downs. Murray found Lynch over the middle for 22 yards on the first play after the penalty. Murray found Lynch from 10 yards out for the touchdown that made it a two-possession game at 29-17, following the Morgan extra point.
The Wildcats made it a one-possession game when it orchestrated a 10-play, 75-yard drive that resulted in a touchdown that made it a 29-24 game. The Wildcats attempted the onside kick, but Connor Norman recovered, giving Georgia the ball back near midfield with 3:59 left in the game. The Bulldogs controlled the clock during the final minutes, giving the Wildcats possession with 15 seconds on the clock. Kentucky was unable to score, sealing the 29-24 win for Georgia.
Georgia will take on SEC rival Florida next Saturday, Oct. 27 at 3:30 p.m., and will be televised on CBS.