NCAAF Game Recap - Kentucky at Georgia
Sat Oct 19, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

Tenn
13
Ala
35
F
LSU
36
MisSt
13
F
Clem
45
Lou
10
F
OHSt
52
NW
3
F
WVU
14
Okla
52
F
Wisc
23
Ill
24
F
Mich
21
PSU
28
F
Fla
38
SCar
27
F
KY
0
UGA
21
F
Aub
51
Ark
10
F
Oreg
35
Wash
31
F
AzSt
3
Utah
21
F
Boise
25
BYU
28
F
Kans
48
Tex
50
F
Bayl
45
OkSt
27
F
Temp
21
SMU
45
F
Minn
42
Rut
7
F
Tuls
13
Cin
24
F
Mizzu
14
Vand
21
F
Purd
20
Iowa
26
F
ULMon
7
App
52
F
SoAl
13
Troy
37
F
ULLaf
37
ArkSt
20
F
UCLA
34
Stan
16
F
Marsh
36
FlAtl
31
F
Pitt
27
Syr
20
F
UNLV
27
Fres
56
F
Kent
38
Ohio
45
F
Hou
24
UConn
17
F
IASt
34
TxTch
24
F
GATec
28
MiaFL
21
F OT
NCSt
24
BC
45
F
C Mi
38
BGSU
20
F
Toled
14
Ball
52
F
NIU
24
MiaOH
27
F
OreSt
21
Cal
17
F
TCU
17
K St
24
F
CoCar
27
GaSo
30
F(2OT)
NM
10
Wyo
23
F
Buff
21
Akr
0
F
SoFL
3
Navy
35
F
SMiss
30
LaTec
45
F
UNC
41
VaTec
43
F(5OT)
Duke
14
UVA
48
F
Ind
34
MD
28
F
Char
14
W Ky
30
F
OD
14
UAB
38
F
MidTN
30
NorTx
33
F
Rice
27
UTSA
31
F
Maine
44
Lib
59
F
WestMI
27
E Mi
34
F
Tul
17
Mem
47
F
ECU
28
UCF
41
F
Colo
10
WaSt
41
F
SDSU
27
SJSU
17
F
Army
21
GASt
28
F
UTEP
17
FLInt
32
F
TxAM
24
Miss
17
F
FlaSt
20
Wake
22
F
Ariz
14
USC
41
F
Nev
10
UtSt
36
F
AF
56
Hawaii
26
F

Oct 19, 2019, 6:00 PM EDT

Final

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2

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4

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Kentucky (3-4)

0

0

0

0

0

(10) Georgia (6-1)

0

0

14

7

21

Swift runs for 2 TDs as No. 10 Georgia tops Kentucky 21-0
Sat Oct 19, 2019 10:55 PM

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) D'Andre Swift began the week asking Georgia coaches to get the ball to the team's playmakers in space.

Swift finished the week showing what he can do with those opportunities.

Swift's 39-yard touchdown run in the third quarter snapped a scoreless tie, and No. 10 Georgia overcame a slow start to beat Kentucky 21-0 on Saturday night.

Swift, who ran for 179 yards, added a 3-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Brian Herrien ran for 60 yards, including an 8-yard TD.

Each offense was affected by Nestor, the former tropical storm which dumped rain on Athens throughout the day.

Swift told his teammates at halftime he wanted to take a lead role for the offense after it was clear this was not a night for a productive passing game.

"That's exactly what I told them," Swift said. "I talked at halftime and told them `Keep doing what you're doing. It's on me. I've got y'all. I've got us."'

Georgia (6-1, 3-1) recovered from last week's loss to South Carolina by finally taking advantage of its Southeastern Conference-leading ground game in the second half. The Bulldogs ran for 235 yards, including 140 in the second half.

Left tackle Andrew Thomas said Swift "makes a job a little bit easier."

After Georgia was held about 80 yards below its rushing average in the double-overtime loss to South Carolina, Swift called for more creative calls. He then averaged 8.5 yards on 21 carries.

The win sets the stage for a top-10 SEC East showdown against Florida in two weeks.

The wet conditions contributed to the scoreless first half.

"You have to be patient with those type of elements," Georgia coach Kirby Smart said. "You're not just going to run the ball down their throats or throw it 30 to 40 times in those conditions."

On the soggy Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium, Kentucky stayed right with Georgia until midway through the third quarter.

Kentucky (3-4, 1-4) got 99 yards rushing from Lynn Bowden in his second start at quarterback, but the Wildcats' attack was one-dimensional. Bowden, Kentucky's third starting quarterback of the season, didn't complete a pass on his first nine attempts. He completed only 2 of 15 passes for 17 yards.

Bowden's 17 carries were not enough to offset Swift's big night. Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said he hopes this is the last time he has to face Swift, a junior.

"I just gave him a `Congratulations' after the game and wished him `Goodbye,' because he needs to go to the NFL," Stoops said. "He's an elite player."

Georgia's Jake Fromm did not have a turnover one week after throwing three interceptions and losing a fumble. He completed 9 of 12 passes for only 35 yards.

The Bulldogs grabbed control by taking advantage of two mistakes by the Wildcats.

A poor punt by Max Duffy went out of bounds at the Kentucky 39 early in the second half after carrying only 15 yards.

"I just shanked it," Duffy said. "It was just one of those things that I would like to take back and do over perfect."

The punt allowed Georgia to start a possession outside of its 20 for the first time in the game. Swift needed only one play to take advantage of the excellent field position.

Running behind right tackle Isaiah Wilson and right guard Cade Mays, Swift broke a tackle by safety Yusuf Corker on the 39-yard scoring run.

Bowden lost a fumble, caused by J.R. Reed, on the Wildcats' next possession. The ball was recovered by Georgia's Richard LeCounte at the Kentucky 31. Herrien's scoring run on his fourth straight carry pushed the Georgia lead to 14-0.

THE TAKEAWAY

Kentucky: The Wildcats clearly have a unique talent in Bowden, who was the team's leading receiver before last week's move to quarterback. Still, more work is needed to add balance to the offense. Bowden led the Wildcats to a 24-20 win over Arkansas last week in his debut at quarterback, but now opposing teams will be better prepared for his frequent runs.

Georgia: The Bulldogs showed good poise in recovering from the ugly first half and capitalizing on opportunities in the third quarter. Still, the offense failed to produce like a unit capable of contending for a championship. The receivers again struggled to beat press coverage and the line failed to push back Kentucky's defensive front on a failed fourth-down sneak by Fromm.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Georgia's second-half recovery should save it from another drop in the Top 25.

DEFENSE

Georgia held Kentucky to 52 yards in the first half and 177 yards overall in its second shutout of the season.

WHAT BOOS?

Some Georgia fans were impatient, booing conservative play calls throughout the game.

"It had no effect on me," Smart said. "I've got headphones on. We're trying to make the best decisions to give us the best chance to win."

UP NEXT

Kentucky: The Wildcats return home to play No. 22 Missouri next Saturday night. Kentucky scored 12 points in the fourth quarter to beat Missouri 15-14 last season.

Georgia: Following an off week, Georgia will look for its third straight win over No. 9 Florida on Nov. 2 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Bulldogs won last year's matchup of top-10 teams, 36-17.

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Passing

KY Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Ali 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 39.6
L. Bowden Jr. 15 2 13.3 0 17 9 0 39.6
UGA Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Fromm 12 9 75.0 0 35 22 0 77.1

Rushing

KY Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
L. Bowden Jr. 17 99 5.8 21 0
A. Rose 9 37 4.1 15 0
UGA Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
D. Swift 21 179 8.5 39 2
B. Herrien 13 60 4.6 14 1

Receiving

KY Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
B. Oliver 1 9 9.0 9 0
C. Thomas Jr. 1 8 8.0 8 0
UGA Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
G. Pickens 4 35 8.8 22 0
J. Cook 2 3 1.5 4 0

Fumbles

KY F FL
L. Bowden Jr. 1 1
J. Ali 1 0
UGA F FL
J. Fromm 1 0

Returning

KY KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Ali 0 - 0 0 2 6.5 0 19
Z. Johnson 1 58.0 0 58 0 - 0 0
UGA KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
D. Blaylock 0 - 0 0 1 7.0 0 7
J. Cook 1 0.0 0 0 0 - 0 0

Punting

KY Punt Yds Avg LgPu
M. Duffy 7 281 40.1 69
UGA Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Camarda 6 317 52.8 64

Takeaways

Team Stats Comparison

KY UGA
Points For 0 21
Total Yards 177 270
Rushing Yards 160 235
Passing Yards 17 35
Passing Completions / Attempts 2/16 9/12
Turnovers 1 0
Interceptions Thrown 0 0
Fumbles - Lost 2/1 1/0
First Downs 9 14
Penalties - Yards 7/60 4/33
Time Of Possession 32:32 28:28
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 3/13 3/12
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/2 1/2
Punts - Average Yards 7/40 6/53

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter KY UGA
No scores this quarter
2nd Quarter KY UGA
No scores this quarter
3rd Quarter KY UGA
UGA 8:40 TD D'Andre Swift 39 yd run (Rodrigo Blankenship kick) 0 7
UGA 13:06 TD Brian Herrien 8 yd run (Rodrigo Blankenship kick) 0 14
4th Quarter KY UGA
UGA 8:36 TD D'Andre Swift 3 yd run (Rodrigo Blankenship kick) 0 21

Game Information

Stadium: Sanford Stadium, Athens, Georgia
Attendance: 92,746
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