ATHENS — Georgia put the game on D’Andre Swift’s shoulders Saturday night, and the junior tailback delivered.
The No. 10-ranked Bulldogs beat Kentucky 21-0 thanks to Swift’s hard-charging ways. The junior from Philadelphia carried 21 times for 179 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Swift had strong comments about the Bulldogs’ offense earlier in the week. Swift felt more passes downfield should be called in the wake of last week’s 20-17 overtime loss to South Carolina.
“They put a lot of people in the box so it’s hard,” Swift said. “Once you get past one level, there are three guys right there.”
That was once again the case on Saturday night. But Swift found a way to break tackles and make Kentucky defenders miss with 6:20 left in the game.
The Bulldogs had taken over at the Wildcats’ 39 after a 15-yard punt, their first possession in Kentucky’s territory in the game.
Swift took the handoff and broke right, making two Wildcats’ defenders miss at the line before outracing the reminder of the Kentucky defense to the end zone to break a scoreless tie.
Swifted added a 3-yard TD run with 6:24 left to make it 21-0, capping a 13-play, 92-yard drive to essentially put the game on ice.
Georgia has a bye next Saturday and will return to action at 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 2 in Jacksonville, Fla., against Florida.