It was a hard fought game in absolutely miserable conditions, but Kentucky ultimately fell in Athens. It wasn’t due to a lack of effort, however, as UK played their tails off. Penalties, turnovers, and mistakes eventually caught up to them.
Regardless, they gave the No. 10 ranked team in the country a scare for more than half the game, and that’s not nothing.
Next up, the Cats will return home to face the Missouri Tigers.
Sloppy playing conditions
Tropical Storm Nestor happened to hit right about the time that Kentucky and Georgia kicked off. And that played right into UK’s hands.
The Bulldogs have a lot more talent than the Cats, but the weather gave Kentucky a chance.
It was nearly impossible to throw the ball, so once Kentucky got down, the game was clearly over. But they held for a long while.
Tied at the half
The weather conditions affected both offenses, as mentioned above. This helped UK go into the half tied with the No. 10 ranked team in the country.
The offense was frustrating to watch, but watching the same thing happen with their offense made it bearable. In a game no one gave UK a chance in, they did everything in their power to make this a game going into the second half, something we’ve rarely been able to say over the last decade of Kentucky vs. Georgia.
Defense came to play
Yes, the weather played a huge part in tonight’s game, but you can’t discredit that defense either. They came to play.
As the game wore on, the defense wore down, but that was no fault of their own. A turnover in their own territory and a 15-yard punt led to short fields and two touchdowns for UGA.
The Dogs capitalized, but the defense deserves a ton of credit for their performance tonight. They gave it everything they had to make this a game for four quarters, and it was an encouraging development as the upcoming stretch of games are very winnable for the Cats.
Boogie Watson is exactly what Kentucky needs upfront
Watson got off to a slow start this season, but he’s picked it up in recent weeks.
This defense’s pass rush has been virtually nonexistent...besides Boogie. We all knew Josh Allen would be missed, but not to this extent.
Well, Watson has helped picked up some of the slack.
The pass rush could still use a boost (see Xavier Peters), but Boogie’s presence has been invaluable.
There was no passing game (literally)
Again, the conditions played a factor into this, but UK had no passing game whatsoever.
Ahmad Wagner had a chance at a big time catch that he couldn’t come down with and Chris Rodriguez dropped a touchdown pass. But outside of that, Lynn Bowden was not able to complete anything.
His running and big play ability make him fun to watch, but you’re not going to beat many teams if you can’t throw the ball at all. Still, he was a warrior in this one and fought hard for 60 minutes to try to keep the Cats in it.
I expect Sawyer Smith to be under center (or in shotgun) next game, with Eddie Gran sprinkling in Bowden from time to time.
All in all, it was a hard fought game by the Cats. I’m not big on moral victories, but you really can’t be down on the team after this one.
They stayed in it for the majority of the game, and really, they beat themselves and were wore down by a superior team. There were worse things that could’ve happened tonight.