Postgame recap: No. 1 Georgia defeats No. 11 Kentucky 30-13
The No. 1 Georgia Bulldogs proved deserving of the nation’s top ranking after dismantling No. 11 Kentucky 30-13.
The Bulldogs opened the game with two dynamic touchdowns from running backs James Cook and Zamir White. QB Stetson Bennett and TE Brock Bowers also got in on the scoring action; the combo connected for two touchdowns through the air for 27 and 20 yards, respectively.
To little surprise, Georgia's defense dominated yet another game. While Georgia gave up two touchdowns, the Bulldogs gave up just 51 rushing yards, forcing seven punts. Moreover, Georgia blocked two kicks, a field goal and an extra point, in bend-but-don’t-break fashion. In total, Georgia has given up 49 points this season — through seven games!
Meanwhile, Kentucky falls to 6-1 with the loss, extending their losing streak against Georgia to 12 games. The Wildcats struggled to get after the quarterback all afternoon as the 19th-best scoring defense entering today allowed 30 points. But a bright spot for Kentucky came on its final offensive drive, when the Wildcats scored a touchdown on a 22-play, 75-yard drive that spanned 11 minutes and 23 seconds.
Georgia should easily keep the No. 1 spot in the polls after reaching the position in the regular season for the first time since 1982 a week ago.
Final: Georgia 30, Kentucky 13
In a ranked matchup and SEC battle between undefeated teams, No. 1 Georgia has defeated No. 11 Iowa 30-13.
See full stats from the game below.
Kentucky doesn't go quietly! Georgia 30, Kentucky 13 | 4Q 0:04
A late 4th-quarter drive saw Kentucky score the game's final touchdown. QB Will Levis found WR Wan'Dale Robinson on a one-yard touchdown pass. The touchdown is Robinson's fifth this season. The score capped off a 22-play drive that spanned 75 yards and took 11 minutes and 23 seconds.
.@will_levis ➡️ @wanda1erobinson TD on 3rd-and-goal with 0:04 on the clock. Seven catches for Wan'Dale on that 22-play, 75-yard drive.— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) October 16, 2021
UGA 30, UK 13 | #ForTheTeam | 📺 CBS https://t.co/kCMZRAgOkQ 😼🏈 pic.twitter.com/zlHFKy0WJu
Bennett to Bowers for 6! Georgia 30, Kentucky 7 | 4Q 11:27
Block party! - Georgia 24, Kentucky 7 | End of 3Q
Georgia was about to give up a field goal at the end of third quarter, but Wyatt Devonte had different plans. He and the Bulldogs' defense broke through the Kentucky line to block Matt Ruffolo's 33-yard attempt.
Georgia takes to the air! - Georgia 21, Kentucky 7 | 3Q 12:13
Georgia opens up the second half with a quick drive resulting in a 27-yard touchdown pass from Stetson Bennett to Brock Bowers. It took the Bulldogs all of six plays and a bit over two minutes to find the endzone.
The Mailman delivers one through the air to Brock Bowers for six. pic.twitter.com/SmE8aFUJG1— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) October 16, 2021
Kentucky strikes back! Georgia 14, Kentucky 7 | 2Q 03:53
Lightning in a bottle! Georgia 14, Kentucky 0 | 2Q 10:35
We have points! - Georgia 7, Kentucky 0 | 2Q 14:54
First quarter- Kentucky 0, Georgia 0
We're scoreless after one quarter in Athens. It's been an intense defensive battle so far.
See first quarter stats below.
Pregame: Kentucky vs. Georgia
How to watch: Kentucky vs. Georgia
Get ready for a SEC battle in Week 7. It's No. 11 Kentucky against No. 1 Georgia, with both the Wildcats and the Bulldogs looking to remain undefeated.
- Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
- Date: Saturday, Oct. 16
- TV channel: CBS
- Streaming: CBSSports.com
- Location: Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia
Previewing Kentucky vs. Georgia
No. 11 Kentucky will visit No. 1 Georgia in a big-time SEC battle. The top-25 matchup has the potential to be a season-defining win for both teams.
Kentucky’s offense is led by their rushing attack. RB Chris Rodriguez, a Georgia native, leads the 23rd ranked rushing attack, rushing for 147 yards in his last outing. Along with QB Will Levis, Kentucky’s rushing attack poses a potent threat. Levis can also get it done through the air too; he’s found dynamic WR Wan’Dale Robinson for touchdowns in each of the last two games. This week, the Wildcats will try and continue their offensive success against their toughest test yet.
On defense, Kentucky has the 19th-best scoring defense. The Wildcats limited their last ranked opponent, then-No.10 Florida, to just 13 points. DL Joshua Paschal leads the team in sacks with 7.5. On the backend, DB Yusuf Corker leads a secondary that has made timely plays throughout Kentucky’s undefeated run. The Wildcats will need more of the same against the nation’s number one team.
No matter who has played at quarterback for Georgia, it has found success offensively. A combination of QB Stetson Bennett and QB JT Daniels lead the nation’s 12th-leading scoring offense with 39.8 points per game. Joining the quarterbacks in the backfield is RB Zamir White, a powerful runner who can break free at any time. Outside of the skill positions, the Georgia offensive line flies under the radar. The Bulldogs only allow .5 sacks per game good for fourth in the nation.
Georgia’s defense has been the most dominant unit in the country through six games. The Bulldogs allow just 5.50 points per game (1st), only 66.5 rushing yards per game (4th), 137 pass yards per game (1st), 203.5 yards per game (1st), and have 22 sacks (5th) on the season. Georgia has stars across the board on defense, including DT Jordan Davis, LB Nakobe Dean, and LB Nolan Smith. The defense has given up two touchdowns in six games while also having two SEC shutouts. Georgia’s defense can take over a game.
Both Georgia and Kentucky enter the game with undefeated records on the line. While Kentucky is the underdog, don’t count them out as the Wildcats are playing some of their best football entering Week 7.