Nov. 19, 2011
Postgame Notes - #13 Georgia vs. Kentucky (Nov. 19, 2011)
Bulldog Win The SEC East Outright: With today's 19-10 victory over UK, the Bulldogs (9-2, 7-1 SEC) captured the SEC Eastern Division title outright, the sixth for the program since the league split into divisions in 1992. Georgia will be heading to Atlanta for the SEC Championship game on Dec. 3 for the first time since winning it in 2005 over LSU. The Bulldogs are 2-1 in SEC Championship Games.
Winning Streak Extends To Nine As Defense Dominates: Georgia won its ninth consecutive game, the longest winning streak in a season since the 1982 team under Vince Dooley went a perfect 11-0 during the regular season. Under Richt, Georgia won 11 straight games over a span of two seasons, winning the final seven in 2007 and the first four contests in 2008.
Georgia's defense shutdown the Wildcats in the second half as they managed just 13 yards on 22 plays and no points. Overall, UK gained 165 yards on 57 plays and 65 of those yards came on their first drive of the contest. The Bulldogs had five sacks and won their seventh straight SEC game.
Sack Master: Redshirt sophomore OLB and Butkus Award semifinalist Jarvis Jones recorded 2.5 sacks versus the Wildcats to give him 12.5 in a season. This ties David Pollack (2004) for the No. 3 spot in the school record books for a season and leads the SEC this year. Jones was third in the nation coming into the game with 10 sacks. Pollack owns the school record with 14 in 2002. Sophomore Alec Ogletree led the Bulldogs with eight tackles while Shawn Williams, Bacarri Rambo and Jarvis Jones had seven apiece.
Walsh Drills Four Triples: Senior Blair Walsh booted three 39-yard field goals and a 25 yarder to pace the Bulldog scoring. This is the second time Walsh has had four field in a game after going 4-for-6 at Vanderbilt. His first FG was set up after Connor Norman recovered an onside kick on the Wildcat 44-yard line. Walsh's second FG came following Smith's INT return. The third FG came after Brandon Boykin returned a punt 22 yards to the Kentucky 23-yard line. Brandon Bogotay recovered a fumble on the Wildcat 30-yard line to set up Walsh's fourth FG. He added a PAT and with those 13 points, Walsh is now second in SEC history with 394 points (72 FGs, 177 PATs). Former Bulldog Billy Bennett owns the UGA and SEC records with 409 points from 2000-03.
Taking It The Other Way: Junior CB Branden Smith snagged his second interception of 2011 and returned it 53 yards to the Kentucky 27-yard line in the second quarter. He now has four in his career. The Bulldogs have 15 picks this season. Smith also had a 21-yard kickoff return. Senior CB Brandon Boykin also had an INT in the first half.
Murray Adds Another: Redshirt sophomore QB Aaron Murray improved on his single season touchdown pass record by adding this 28th TD pass in the third quarter. Murray connected with Marlon Brown in the back of the end zone for a 7-yard score at the 14:55 mark in the third period. Murray now has 28 in 2011 and 52 in his career. The Tampa, Fla., native finished 16-of-29 for 162 yards, 1TD, 1INT.
Turnovers: Smith's interception in the opening period led to the second Blair Walsh field goal. True freshman Quintavius Harrow forced a fumble on a kickoff late in the second quarter and PK Brandon Bogotay recovered it. Walsh connected on another field goal following the Bogotay recovery. Boykin's interception came with :01 left in the second quarter. OLB Jarvis Jones forced a fumble by hitting Kentucky's quarterback late in the third quarter and ILB Christian Robinson jumped on the loose ball. QB Aaron Murray connected with Marlon Brown for a 7-yard score on the ensuing possession. Georgia has forced 27 turnovers and converted them into 96 points.
Bulldog TB Ken Malcome fumbled at the 10:44 mark in the second quarter on the Bulldog 27-yard line. Kentucky then scored a touchdown just more than two minutes later. Murray threw an interception in the Bulldogs' opening drive of the first half. The Wildcats had to punt on the next possession. TB Brandon Harton fumbled in the third quarter after gaining 44 yards earlier in the drive. Kentucky also had to punt on this possession. Opponents have scored 42 points off 17 Bulldog miscues.
Starters: Redshirt sophomore TE Arthur Lynch and sophomore FB Alexander Ogletree both started for the first time in their careers.
Injury Report: TB Isaiah Crowell injured his left ankle in the first half and did not return. With Crowell out, sophomore Brandon Harton had a career-high 101 yards on 23 carries.
Captains: Georgia's captains on Saturday were all members of the 2011 senior class. C Ben Jones, LT Cordy Glenn, DE DeAngelo Tyson and CB/KOR Brandon Boykin represented their teammates at midfield.
Up Next: The Bulldogs travel to Atlanta to take on Georgia Tech on Saturday, Nov. 26. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:01 p.m. and ABC or ESPN will televise the game.