RECAP: Georgia 30, Kentucky 13, Bulldogs seal No. 1 spot heading into bye week

Georgia defensive lineman Jalen Carter (88) during the Bulldogs’ game with Kentucky in Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga., on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021. (Photo by Tony Walsh)
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ATHENS -- Brock Bowers scored two touchdowns and posted his second 100-yard receiving performance to help lead No. 1-ranked Georgia over No. 11 Kentucky by a 30-13 count on Saturday.

The Bulldogs (7-0, 5-0 SEC) overcame a slow offensive start, taking a 14-7 lead into halftime over the Wildcats (6-1, 4-1) before pulling away to win the game and take control of the SEC East Division.

Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett made his third-straight start in place of injured starter JT Daniels (strained lat). Bennett was 14-of-20 passing for 250 yards and 3 TD.

Kentucky quarterback Will Levis handled himself relatively well against the nation’s top defense, 32-of-42 passing for 192 yards with 2 touchdowns, the final one coming with 4 seconds left in the game.

Georgia rushed for 166 yards on 27 attempts, with Zamir White carrying 12 times for 46 yards and a touchdown. James Cook led UGA with 51 yards on 6 carries and broke a scoreless tie on the first play of the second quarter with a 19-yard TD catch.

Kentucky mustered just 249 total yards. Chris Rodriquez, the SEC’s leading rusher entering the day, was held to 7 yards on 7 carries.

With a bye on tap for Saturday, Georgia will prepare for its matchup against Florida slated for October 30.

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FOURTH QUARTER

Georgia 30, Kentucky 13, 0:04: Wan’Dale Robinson 1-yard pass from Will Levis (Mark Ruffolo kick blocked); Drive: 22 plays, 75 yards, 11:23.

Georgia 30, Kentucky 7, 11:27: Brock Bowers 20-yard pass from Stetson Bennett (Jack Podlesny kick missed); Drive: 7 plays, 82 yards, 3:33.

THIRD QUARTER

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- Jordan Davis blocks Matt Ruffolo 33-yard field goal attempt on final play of third quarter.

Georgia 24, Kentucky 7, 7:21: Jack Podlesny 26-yard field goal. Drive: 8 plays, 63 yards, 3:55.

Georgia 21, Kentucky 7, 12:13: Brock Bowers 27-yard pass from Stetson Bennett (Jack Podlesny kick); Drive: 6 plays, 75 yards, 2:47.

HALFTIME

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