Jarvis Jones doesn’t play for Georgia against Kentucky

semerson@macon.comOctober 20, 2012 

ATHENS -- Jarvis Jones made the trip to Kentucky, but apparently that was just moral support for the Georgia football team.

Jones, the All-America Georgia linebacker, sat out the game with a sprained ankle. A week ago, head coach Mark Richt had been sure Jones would play, but the player had a setback Monday and didn’t practice during the week.

It was the second game Jones has been a game-day scratch. He missed the team’s win over Florida Atlantic with a groin injury.

Georgia lost another Jones to an ankle injury early in Saturday’s game. Defensive end Abry Jones left the game on the first drive, after aggravating the ankle injury that has bothered him the past few weeks.

Minus Abry Jones, Georgia returned to a lineup with both nose tackles, John Jenkins and Kwame Geathers. That lineup, which has Jenkins slide to defensive end, had struggled this season, and once again that unit had trouble in the first half Saturday.

Murray breaks record

Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray set another school record. His second touchdown pass Saturday moved him past David Greene for the program’s all-time career touchdown pass mark.

Greene, who started for four years, had 72 career touchdown passes. Murray broke his record in the seventh game of his third year as a starter.

More extra-point foibles

Marshall Morgan missed the extra point after Georgia’s second touchdown -- which was nothing new.

That was the fifth failed point-after try this season for the Bulldogs: Morgan missed three, another was blocked, and another had a muffed snap.

Morgan also dinged three more extra points off the uprights and in. And as the first half ended, he knocked a 27-yard field goal off the uprights. It went in, giving Georgia a 16-14 lead.

Defensive struggles

It had been 20 games since Kentucky scored an offensive touchdown in the first quarter.

Kentucky’s opening possession was one of precision, totally unlike the Wildcats have looked this season. They started by gashing the center of the Georgia defense with the running game. They finished it with a 4-yard touchdown pass on third-and-goal.

That opening drive went 84 yards on 13 plays and lasted 5:01.

The Wildcats entered the game ranking next-to-last in the SEC in total offense, ahead of only Auburn. But they managed 198 yards in the first half against Georgia.

Georgia’s opponents are now averaging more than 15 points in the first half this season.

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