Cats get routed by Georgia in final SEC game of the season


Benny Snell Jr. #26 of the Kentucky Wildcats is tackled to the ground during the game against Vanderbilt University on Saturday, November 11, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. Kentucky won 44 to 21. Photo by Arden Barnes | Staff

Chris Leach

Though hoping to upset the No. 7 ranked team in the country, the UK football team wasn’t able to generate any magic at Georgia on Saturday, as the Cats lost to the Bulldogs 42-13. 

The Cats fell victim to Georgia’s high-powered offense, as the Bulldogs racked up 504 yards of offense. Georgia’s running backs generated 381 of those yards, which was 119 more yards than UK’s offense was able to accumulate overall.

The most rushing yards UK surrendered before the game was 282 against Mississippi State.

Georgia and Kentucky were presented with equal opportunities in the first half, but Georgia was able to capitalize on theirs, scoring three touchdowns. Two of Georgia’s touchdowns came in the final 2:42 of the half.

Meanwhile, Kentucky was only able to generate two field goals on their four trips into Georgia’s territory. On their final drive of the first half, Kentucky got down to Georgia’s 31-yard line before drops on third and fourth down forced UK’s offense to walk off the field empty handed. 

The drops came from running back Benny Snell and wide receiver Tavin Richardson.

After coming out of halftime with a 21-6 deficit, the Cats would trim Georgia’s lead to eight after Snell rushed for his sixteenth touchdown of the season. Snell would finish with 94 yards, falling just short of what would have been his fourth game in a row with 100 yards.

However, Nick Chubb and Sony Michel continued to punish the Cats in the second half, which helped Georgia pull away from Kentucky. Chubb would be Georgia’s leading rusher on his senior day, as he finished with 151 yards and two touchdowns.

Michel would add 87 more yards and three touchdowns to Georgia’s rushing total. The two running backs accounted for 238 of Georgia’s 381 rushing yards.

Heading into the fourth quarter, the Cats trailed 28-13, and two plays later, they trailed 35-13 after Chubb rushed for his second touchdown of the day from 55 yards out.

From there, the Cats did what they could to get back into the game while Georgia coasted to their tenth victory of the season.

This was UK’s final SEC game of the season, and they finished their conference play with a 4-4 record. Georgia has now won the past eight contests against UK.

The Cats only have one more regular season game on their schedule, which will take place on Nov. 25 against Louisville. Kickoff is scheduled for noon at Kroger Field.