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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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.
- 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.