Here's how Georgia graded out after its 27-3 win over Kentucky.
It’s been a rough past month for Georgia’s offense, with the group scoring a total of 22 points in games against Alabama, Missouri and Florida. Getting to go against a weaker Kentucky group certainly helped, with the running game posting its strongest showing of the season. Georgia rushed for a season-high of 300 yards, with Sony Michel totaling a career-best 165 yards on the ground. The Bulldogs kept things simple for the most part, with the new offensive line grouping getting a solid push for the first time in a while.
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The Georgia defense looked inspired on the field, putting in a third consecutive solid performance. The Bulldogs held the Wildcats to only 180 total yards and made things incredibly difficult on quarterback Patrick Towles. Towles only completed eight of 21 passes for 96 yards, with Dominick Sanders picking him off twice. Without Stanley “Boom” Williams available, the Wildcats only totaled 79 rushing yards as a group. Georgia’s defense appears to be hitting its stride with three consecutive positive performances.
Special teams: B
Georgia may have just found its long-term punter in Brice Ramsey. Ramsey averaged 47.7 yards per punt on three attempts. Ramsey’s first punt traveled 53 yards, with the special teams coverage only allowing a 12-yard return. Ramsey’s other two punts did not have a return. On one of those, Georgia long snapper Nathan Theus was able to recover a muffed punt. Georgia wasn’t able to get much of a return game going, but neither did Kentucky. Kicker Marshall Morgan missed another field goal, hitting two of his three attempts.
As Jake Ganus said after the game, the Bulldogs’ week was somewhat "chaotic." It reached a high level on Thursday when rumors of Jeremy Pruitt’s dismissal were rampant, forcing head coach Mark Richt to send a tweet to over 200,000 followers stating his defensive coordinator was still on staff. The coaches also had to deal with the loud criticism following a loss to Florida. The coaches rallied their team to help get a much-needed win for the program against Kentucky. Richt and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer implemented a package incorporating Terry Godwin as a wildcat quarterback and decided to have both Ramsey and Greyson Lambert share quarterback duties to take pressure off each guy. With a ton of pressure mounting on this coaching staff, it responded quite well.