November 19, 2022 Lexington, KY - Georgia's head coach Kirby Smart reacts during the first half in an NCAA football game at Kroger Field in Lexington, KY on Saturday, November 19, 2022. Georgia won 16-6 over Kentucky. (Hyosub Shin / Hyosub.Shin@ajc.com)

3 things: Georgia football perfect where it matters most, but Bulldogs have their warts

ATHENS — Georgia football has been perfect in the only place that matters, specifically, the won-loss column.

The No. 1-ranked Bulldogs made sure it stayed that way by slugging it out with Kentucky in a 16-6 road win amid frigid temperatures and gusty wins.

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Coach Kirby Smart has never been one for style points, and he knows better than anyone the value of a road win in the SEC — especially with his team carrying the No. 1 target on its back.

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“We told them we weren’t going to get the same Kentucky team that Vanderbilt did,” Smart said. “We expected it to be that kind of game.”

Wildcats’ quarterback Will Levis showed why he is considered a first-round talent, flashing a quick release and accurate arm on many throws despite the high winds.

Georgia, meanwhile, played to its strengths with its resilient defense and Kenny McIntosh carrying for a career-high 143 yards as the Bulldogs out-rushed Kentucky 247-89.

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