ATHENS — These short takes are presented as an adjunct to the Georgia-Kentucky game column, which can be found here. Georgia won 27-3 a week after losing 27-3.
1. Georgia found a way to win without needing a quarterback. That’s not entirely true, but it’s close. Sony Michel and Terry Godwin, non-quarterbacks by trade, took direct snaps in Georgia’s version of the Wildcat. “Trying to get guys touches,” said Brian Schottenheimer, the Bulldogs’ embattled offensive coordinator. (Apart from the Hall of Fame publicist Claude Felton, is there anyone who works at Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall not “embattled”?) Greyson Lambert started at quarterback and threw 13 passes to no great effect (64 yards, one touchdown). Brice Ramsey, again the backup, threw six passes for 26 yards. Faton Bauta, last week’s starter, did not play a down at quarterback. Apparently the Bulldogs weren’t concerned with getting Bauta more touches.
2. Mark Richt made it a point to compliment Jeremy Pruitt’s handling of the defense. This wouldn’t have been a big deal, except that Richt took to Twitter around lunchtime Thursday to announce that Pruitt had not been fired. “Didn’t make much sense,” Richt said of the rumors circulating that Pruitt had been dismissed. “Misinformation,” was Richt’s description of that curious tempest. The aforementioned Felton got to Butts-Mehre late that morning and found a journalist standing outside his office. “I hear Jeremy Pruitt’s office has been cleaned out,” the writer said. Felton walked down the football offices, where the first two people he saw were Richt and Pruitt headed to a staff meeting. Just to be sure, Felton took a peek into Pruitt’s office. “Looked the same as it had the day before,” he reported.
3. Every so often, we hear that Kentucky is about to turn a corner; this game was a reminder that Kentucky never negotiates that corner. The Wildcats started 4-1. They’re now 4-5. Their past three losses have come by an aggregate 81 points. They did beat South Carolina and Missouri in September, but that’s no longer a feat. As a UK alum, I’ve seen a lot of bad UK teams. This is another in the series. To wit: The Wildcats were flagged for four penalties on special teams in the first 29 minutes. Three were accepted. The third negated a recovered onside kick.