If you've read the basketball wrap-up, found just below this post, you know I did not see the football game (or basketball game for that matter), but I'll do a quick statistical recap of UK's 19-10 loss at the hands of the SEC East champion Georgia Bulldogs.
Turnovers were the name of the game on this day, with the two teams combining for eight miscues on the afternoon (four by both squads).
The 'Cats managed only 165 yards of total offense to UGA's 317. Kentucky rushed for a total of 23 net yards, with UGA's four sacks for minus-29 yards greatly impacting that number -- Raymond Sanders rushed seven times for 37 yards (5.3 yards per carry) and CoShik Williams carried the ball eight times for 11 yards (1.4 ypc). Additionally, Sanders caught two passes for 20 yards, and Williams chipped in with five receptions for 16 yards.
Even though UGA lost their leading rusher, Isaiah Crowell, on the Dawgs' first offensive series, and backup Carlton Thomas was not at the game (for some unknown reason), Brandon Harton, a third string tailback stepped in and made like Hershel Walker, running for 101 yards on 23 carries (4.4 ypc).
Kentucky quarterback Maxwell Smith didn't have his best day, throwing for 133 yards and one touchdown on 17 of 34 passing, and tossing two interceptions. Smith, facing the 4th ranked defense in the land, was sacked four times. UGA's Aaron Murray, the top rated pass efficiency QB in the SEC, was less-than-spectacular also, throwing for only 162 yards on 16 of 29 passing, one touchdown and one interception.
UK receiver Matt Roark continued his ongoing pass-catching resurrection with three receptions for 51 yards. Tight end Anthony Kendrick got in on the receiving act with three receptions for 22 yards. Fellow tight end Tyler Robinson caught UK's only touchdown of the day, a two yard toss from Smith.
Linebacker Danny Trevathan, for the THIRD TIME IN FOUR GAMES, recorded 17 tackles -- Trevathan, if nothing else, has proved he is a competitor with few peers --to go along with 3.0 tackles for loss, two forced fumblers and one sack. Mister Cobble pitched in with a sack, also.
How ironic it would be if UK, as poorly as they have played for most of the year, were to beat a nearly as bad Tennessee squad next weekend at Commonwealth Stadium? For me, at least, a win over the Vols would cast the memory of the 2011 football season into the depths of my quickly fading memory.