Kentucky falls to Georgia Tech 33-18
12/31/2016 02:41 PM
Kentucky couldn’t come away with a win in its first bowl game since the 2010 season, falling to Georgia Tech 33-18.
Kentucky’s first possession resulted in a Stephen Johnson fumbled. The Yellow Jackets recovered and ran it in to take an early 7-0 lead. Kentucky and Georgia Tech exchanged field goals on the next two possessions.
The score was 10-3 when Kentucky decided to go for it on 4th and 1 at the Georgia Tech five-yard line. Jojo Kemp got stuffed at the line and all momentum was lost for Kentucky. Georgia Tech took the next drive 94 yards to extend their lead 17-3.
The end of the first half was strange. Georgia Tech Quarterback Justin Thomas threw a 10-yard out route to Brad Stewart and appeared to fall down inbounds. The refs ruled the receiver out of bounds, giving Georgia Tech the opportunity to tack on a field goal at the end of the half. The Yellow Jackets took at 20-3 lead at the break.
The offense couldn’t get anything going in the third quarter. The defense held their own, only allowing Georgia Tech to add three more points in the quarter, but the Wildcats couldn’t finish drives, totaling only 52 yards.
The offense finally showed some life in the fourth quarter. Stephen Johnson found Dorian Baker for a 20-yard score to cut the lead 23-10 with 13:40 left in the game. After another Georgia Tech field goal, Kentucky scored off of a Stephen Johnson 21-yard run. They converted the two-point conversion to make it a one possession game at 26-18. Georgia Tech took over with 3:57 left in the game. After being stopped on the first two plays of the drive, quarterback Justin Thomas found a wide open receiver for a 42-yard pickup. The Yellow Jackets would go on to score and ultimately end Kentucky’s hopes of a comeback.
Kentucky’s potent rushing attack was held in check today. The Wildcats totaled 149 yards on the ground on 4.1 yards a rush. Stephen Johnson was the leading rusher for the Cats, going for 49 yards on 14 carries and a score. The Wildcats totaled 324 yards of offense. Georgia Tech 371 yards of offense, 266 coming on the ground.
We will have much more postgame coverage coming following Stoops’ press conference and player interviews.