Kentucky falls to Georgia 27-24 on last second field goal

11/06/2016 12:20 AM

The Kentucky Wildcats will have to wait one more week to try and become bowl eligible for the first time since 2010.

Georgia kicker Rodrigo Blankenship knocked in a 25-yard yard field goal to give Georgia a 27-24 lead at the end of regulation and their seventh straight win over the Wildcats.

Kentucky led most of the game, despite Georgia racking up 460 yards of total offense compared to their 308 yards.

Kentucky’s running back duo of Benny Snell and Boom Williams combined to rush for 191 yards and three touchdowns. Snell finished the game with 114 yards and two touchdowns. Williams had 77 yards and one score of his own.

Kentucky fell behind early after Jacob Eason hit Isaiah McKenzie on Georgia’s opening drive for a 38-yard touchdown pass. Freshman Benny Snell tied the game up at the end of the first quarter to tie the game at 7-7.

Georgia made a field goal at the start of the second quarter to give the Bulldogs the lead back. But that lead didn’t last long, as Boom Williams scored a 13-yard touchdown run. Kentucky reclaimed the lead 14-10. The Bulldogs made another field goal to cut the lead to 14-13 at the half.

Benny Snell scored his second touchdown of the game to kickoff the third quarter and extend Kentucky’s lead to 21-13. With that score, Snell passed Randall Cobb for the most total touchdowns for a freshman in Kentucky history. Another Rodrigo Blankenship field goal at the end of the third cut the Kentucky lead to 21-16.

The Wildcats limited Georgia’s rushing attack most of the night, but junior Sony Michel broke free early in the fourth quarter for a 26-yard touchdown run. The Bulldogs took a 24-21 lead after they converted a two-point conversion. Michel finished the game with 19 carries for 127 yards and one touchdown.

The next drive, Eddie Gran did what has worked for so many games this season, he gave the ball to Benny Snell repeatedly. Snell dominated the drive, rushing 10 times for 39 yards. He took the direct snap from the Wildcat nine straight times and got the Wildcats all the way down to the Georgia nine-yard line before Kentucky was forced to pass on third and long. Stephen Johnson’s fade pass to Dorian Baker was incomplete. Austin MacGinnis tied the game up with a 25-yard field goal.

Georgia got the ball back with 2:47 left in the game. Jacob Eason completed four passes to get the Bulldogs in Kentucky territory. Once they were getting close to field goal range, they relied on their ground game to get them in position to win the game. Sony Michel rushed the ball three straight times to get Georgia to the Kentucky eight-yard line. Kicker Rodrigo Blankenship hit his fourth field goal, from 25 yards, as the clock expired to give Georgia the 27-24 win.

Kentucky falls to 5-4 (4-3) overall and will now get ready for Tennessee next Saturday in Knoxville. Kickoff is set for noon on the SEC Network.

Clayton Abernathy

Clayton is a Producer for Spectrum News. He graduated with a Journalism degree from the University of Kentucky and he lives and breathes UK Basketball, making him the perfect fit to produce KSTV. That’s Kentucky’s only nightly half-hour show dedicated solely to UK sports. You can watch it weeknights at 7:30 and 11 on Spectrum News. Follow Clayton on twitter @ClaySTV1 to stay updated on the latest UK Basketball and recruiting news or to follow his amateur competitive eating endeavors. He once ate thirteen cheese Coney hot dogs in one sitting…on his lunch break.

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