Another week, another Georgia victory, this time over the undefeated Kentucky Wildcats led by quarterback Will Levis. Mark Stoops had his team primed and ready. The game was close going into halftime until the Dawgs broke away in the 3rd quarter. Kentucky plays a physical game, but they could not match Georgia’s physicality in the end.
Now, Georgia must look ahead to the October 30th matchup against the hated Florida Gators. Florida, coming off a loss to LSU, will be looking to rebound against their top rival in the SEC East. Georgia will have two weeks until the Florida game to get healthy and prepare for what is poised to be a tough game.
Only 1.9 average yards per rush by the Kentucky offense. In comparison, Kentucky was able to average 4.6 yards per rush when they defeated the Florida Gators earlier in the season. The Wildcat’s yards per carry were well below their season average of 5.89 yards per carry. This is unsurprising given the talent on Georgia’s defensive line. Georgia has shown throughout the season that it is going to be extremely difficult for any team to run the ball effectively against them.
The Georgia defense spent the majority of the time (of possession) on the field as Georgia’s offense was quick and effective at getting into the endzone. The defense acquired eight total tackles for loss, three of which were sacks. Jalen Carter had an excellent performance, one sack and 1.5 tackles for a loss. Carter had a memorable tackle for loss in the early second quarter. Jordan Davis played a crucial role in stuffing the run lanes, though he did not get a sack himself. Kelee Ringo, another top performer against Kentucky, sacked Will Levis once for a loss of nine yards and was crucial in Georgia’s pass defense. Derion Kendrick was credited with two pass breakups and seven total tackles. Quay Walker led the defense with nine total tackles.
Georgia amassed 416 total offensive yards against Kentucky. Something to recognize about this figure is that Georgia only had 47 offensive plays. The rough average of plays per game is around 64 plays per game. Against Auburn, Georgia managed to have 70 offensive plays while gaining 432 total offensive yards. This points to big plays against Kentucky. Georgia had 6.1 average yards per carry and 17.9 average yards per completion. Most offensive plays went to the running backs, Zamir White, being the most utilized, had 12 carries for 46 total yards and a beautiful 24-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Kendall Milton also had a good performance, averaging 8.2 yards on four carries.
Stetson Bennett “The Mailman” delivered. He went 14-20 (70%) on his pass attempts. JT Daniels still has lingering injuries. Looking ahead to Florida, Georgia does have their bye week prior to Florida. If JT Daniels is healthy, will he replace Stetson Bennett as the starting QB? This is the biggest question that needs to be answered. Stetson is playing at such a high level, and he has the added running threat that JT Daniels does not. JT Daniels is obviously the most highly touted of the two, but with Georgia playing so well, can starting Daniels over Stetson be justified? Will it be beneficial to “change the horse midstream?” This answer is well above my pay grade. I hate to see an injury cause a QB to lose their starting position, but I am a huge fan of the Mailman. Either way, I trust that Kirby will make the smart decision (no pun intended).