ATHENS, Ga. – The nation’s top-ranked Georgia Bulldogs (6-0, 4-0 SEC) lead the eleventh-ranked Kentucky Wildcats (6-0, 4-0 SEC) in a slugfest in front of a sold-out Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium crown and CBS audience.
Stetson Bennett finished the half 5-for-10 passing with 76 yards and a passing touchdown. Adonai Mitchell and Darnell Washington tie for the lead in receiving yards with 21. Redshirt sophomore tailback Kendall Milton led the way for the Bulldogs on the ground with 36 rushing yards while Zamir White added a rushing score.
Jalen Carter finished the half leading the defense in tackles with 6 and tackles-for-loss with 2.5 while also adding a sack. Dan Jackson and Quay Walker followed behind with 5 tackles.
After trading punts to begin the game, the Bulldog offense found success through the air on their third-drive of the game. Stetson Bennett finished the drive 3-3 passing including a 19-yard touchdown strike to senior tailback James Cook to put the Bulldogs up 7-0 to open the second quarter. The 5-play, 50-yard drive was set up by a 10-yard reception by freshman wide receiver Adonai Mitchell and a 15-yard reception by Ladd McConkey.
The Georgia defenses followed the scoring drive by forcing the Wildcats to punt for the fourth-time in as many drives. The Bulldog offense came out and dominated on the ground as Kendall Milton opens the drive with the longest rush of the season for Georgia with a 35-yard carry to the UGA 47. Stetson Bennett and James Cook followed with consecutive long rushes. The 5-play, 80-yard drive was capped off by a 24-yard touchdown run from Zamir White to extend the Bulldog’s lead to 14-0.
In need of a response, Kentucky moved the ball 75-yards in 13-plays on a drive capped off with a 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Justin Rigg. The fifth-drive of the day for the Wildcats amassed over 6-minutes of game-clock.
Following a Bulldog punt, the Georgia defense responds to Kentucky’s last scoring drive by forcing a 3-and-out thanks to a third-down sack from Jalen Carter. The Bulldogs opt to kneel-out the clock and enter halftime with a 14-7 lead. Georgia is set to receive the ball to begin the second-half.