Through the first half, Mark Stoops and his team proved they belonged in big games.
In what was a slugfest throughout the first 30 minutes, a missed fumble opportunity was the takeaway that cost UK. With the Cats on their heels, Georgia scored on back to back possessions. It looked like it was about to be a blowout, but Liam Coen said not so fast.
Pulling all of the tricks out of the bag, Coen called the perfect drive to put UK right back into the game, which was capped off by a Will Levis touchdown pass to Justin Rigg. It was only the third touchdown Georgia’s defense allowed all season.
But in the second half, Georgia’s offense decided to turn it on, making this team virtually unbeatable.
Kentucky took the gut punches and continued to fight. Unfortunately it just ended up being too much.
Defensively, it’s hard to make consistent stops against the athletes this UGA offense has when you are constantly on the field. They will be remembered for not jumping on the fumble in the first quarter of this game, but they continued to show that they are a unit to be reckoned with for the remainder of this season.
For the offense, everyone knew they would need a special performance to beat this defense, and the Bulldogs unit lived up to their hype. To win this game, Kentucky needed some sort of run game to get going.
It never did, but Will Levis proved he has the stuff to be a star quarterback in this league. He helped this offense march down the field when it appeared they wouldn't be able to go anywhere.
Now, obviously we have to talk about the drops. It can’t happen. If this program ever wants to win games of this caliber, you have to have the skill talent across the board that is able to make plays.
Outside of Wan’Dale Robinson and Josh Ali, this team just doesn't have that.
Even with this loss, this Kentucky team can still have a special season. Doesn't make this loss stink any less, but the road map is there for a double-digit win season and a trip to a New Year’s Six bowl game.
Let’s keep the party going.
For the MVP of the game I have to give it to Will Levis. His stats are not eye-opening, but without him this game is very likely a shutout. His intermediate passing game has grown leaps and bounds from where it was earlier this season, also while he has continued to show the playmaking ability with his legs.
The Levis-Coen connection is continuing to grow, and give me that QB-coordinator combo against anyone else that remains on this Kentucky schedule.
Also, we need to give a big shoutout to Josh Paschal. He has become an elite defensive lineman for this team, and has earned himself a lot of money in this upcoming NFL Draft.