Jarvis Jones, Georgia. The play of Georgia’s defense made up for a pedestrian game from the Bulldogs offense, and Jones was the major reason why. The sophomore outside linebacker had 2.5 sacks and seven tackles overall. He was a force during the decisive second half, helping render Kentucky’s offense basically ineffective. The Wildcats had just two yards of total offense in the third quarter and 13 in the second half.
One of Jones’ sacks. It was 12-10 late in the third quarter when Kentucky faced third-and-12 from its own 18. Jones hit Kentucky quarterback Maxwell Smith, who fumbled, and Georgia inside linebacker Christian Robinson grabbed the ball at the 10. Three plays later, the Bulldogs scored their first and only touchdown of the game.
Georgia head coach Mark Richt deciding mid-game to ditch the alternating-kickers strategy and ride the leg of Blair Walsh. The senior place-kicker had been struggling, but after he made two short field goals and Brandon Bogotay missed a 52-yarder, Richt decided to go with Walsh. The preseason All-SEC pick made the decision pay off, hitting all four of his tries.
Quote of the game
“I think we won the ballgame. And that’s the bottom line. It’s a bottom-line business, and like I (said before) we ain’t apologizing for nothing. You find a way to win when everything isn’t going right and that’s what we did today.”
-- Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo when asked what he thought about the team’s offensive performance.
By the numbers
4 – Georgia’s fumbles, a season-high. The Bulldogs lost three of them after only losing six all season before Saturday.
115 – The rushing yards for Georgia tailbacks Brandon Harton and Ken Malcome in the first half. They combined for just 23 in the first half.
5 – Kentucky’s first five drives of the second half all ended either with a three-and-out or a turnover.
1 – The amount of pass plays of more than 20 yards for Georgia (a 30-yard pass to Chris Conley). Georgia’s downfield passing attack struggled.