The top-ranked Georgia Bulldogs beat the 11th-ranked Kentucky Wildcats into submission on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in Athens. Simply put, this is the best collegiate defense put on a football field in the 21st century.
Kentucky found little success in any facet offensively, as Georgia held the leading rusher in the SEC in Chris Rodriguez Jr. to SEVEN yards on seven carries. It’s the first time in his time at Kentucky he’s ever been held under 10 yards in a game. A lot of that was predicated on Kentucky being forced to pass due to facing a 14-0 deficit early in the second quarter. Georgia’s pass rush swarmed Will Levis early and often. Levis had a Roethlisberger-ian game, throwing the ball 42 times for just 193 yards, and a lot of that was due to the pass rush forcing Kentucky to have to get the ball out early, creating a lot of short gains and tackles for loss.
As for Georgia offensively, Stetson Bennett had his best game as Georgia’s signal caller, completing 14 passes for 250 yards and three touchdowns on 20 attempts. He looked comfortable, and though he missed a couple deep balls, he was mostly very accurate and accounted for a handful of huge chunk plays that led to scores including this 27-yard bomb to Brock Bowers, one of his two touchdowns receptions on the day.
The Mailman delivers one through the air to Brock Bowers for six. pic.twitter.com/SmE8aFUJG1— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) October 16, 2021
If Bennett is going to play this well, Georgia probably doesn’t get beat. Their defense is that good. They also rushed for 166 yards collectively for 6.1 yards per carry, all but burying Kentucky’s nose in the dirt.
But back to that defense. They take it personally when a team crosses the 50 let alone inside the 20. Kentucky called a timeout with seven seconds left in the game just to convert for a touchdown on the one-yard line. Georgia’s defense did not like that, and they responded by blocking the ensuing point after try.
Jordan Davis deserves some serious Heisman consideration. Yes, I know, defensive players winning the Heisman? The rapture must be coming. However, he’s been the best defensive player in the country this year on the best team to boot, and he dominated inside today. Kentucky found impossible to run up the middle, and he was a force in the passing game, too. I mean, just look at this!
This is what makes Jordan Davis such an elite player, his ability to clog the running lanes pic.twitter.com/BPmbMYA9Sc— Kevin Keneely (@KevinKeneely1) October 16, 2021
He’s getting held and completely blows up a play a hole away from him. For him to stand out on a defense full of stars says a lot, and I’m baffled as to how he was left off the Lombardi semifinalist list. He could probably sleep walk until the end of the year and win the Bednarik and Outland, but most of all, he needs to be in the Heisman talk.
Georgia has just one single digit victory this year. The other six have been all by two possessions or more. Kentucky’s last second touchdown snapped a streak of consecutive 20-plus point victories for the Dawgs at five. They get a bye week before they head to Jacksonville for a battle with a Florida team who fell to LSU this week. Kentucky also gets a bye week before hitting the road to take on Mississippi State.