A hard rain fell in Athens on Saturday night, but the Georgia Bulldogs were able to weather that storm to come away with a win.
Despite the fact that Jake Fromm threw for just 35 yards in the pouring rain, Georgia pulled off a 21-0 victory over the Kentucky Wildcats. They can be thankful for the fact that they got 235 yards on the ground and that their opponents only picked up 160. That small victory led to a big victory to say the very least, as UGA avoided a fate they hadn’t experienced in over a decade. The Bulldogs avoided back-to-back home losses, a feat they haven’t achieved since 2006, and they also averted back-to-back losses in the state of Georgia, something that hadn’t happened since 2011.
The game was scoreless after the first half, which led to plenty of restlessness from the Georgia fans who were at the game. Luckily for their sake, the Dawgs wound up coming out on top by game’s end. D’Andre Swift powered in a 39-yard rushing touchdown with 6:20 remaining in the third quarter. Swift led the charge for Georgia on the ground with 179 yards on 21 carries. He scored a second touchdown in the fourth quarter, with a Brian Herrien rushing touchdown sandwiched between late in the third quarter.
Kentucky wasn’t quite so lucky on Saturday night in Athens. Their run game was decent enough, averaging 4.6 yards per carry on 35 attempts. Passing was their one fatal flaw though. Lynn Bowden went 2-for-15 on passing attempts for 17 yards, as the converted quarterback just could not get it going at all. This was none too surprising considering the elements, but it was their death knell in this game to be sure.
This was a much needed win for Georgia, especially after they were upset by the South Carolina Gamecocks a week ago. This, coupled with the Missouri Tigers’ loss to the Vanderbilt Commodores, puts them in a better spot than they were going into Saturday. However, their attention will now be diverted over to the Florida Gators. The Gators lead the East at the moment, and hold an edge over UGA after their win over South Carolina on Saturday afternoon. So, that WLOCP coming up soon will definitely prove to be a very pivotal one.