It definitely turned out to be a lot better game in the first half than expected, but some things never change with the 2021 Georgia football team. The Dawgs continued playing dominating football, as they took care of Kentucky 30-7 Saturday afternoon in Athens. What can I say, this team has made opposing offenses life a living hell, which didn’t change today.
The Wildcats were actually playing pretty decent football in the first half, as they put together a 12 play, 75-yard drive in the 2nd quarter. It was 14-7, as teams headed to the locker room at halftime, but this game was about to change. It took Georgia 2:47 to extend their lead to 21-7 in the third quarter, thanks to a 27-yard TD pass from Stetson Bennett. The Wildcats were about to implode on offense, as the Georgia defense settled in and became the dominant force they’ve been through seven games.
Look, don’t get me wrong, I think this Kentucky football team is better than what the score represented on Saturday. But, this Georgia defense, along with the consistent play from Stetson Bennett and the rushing attack, makes them the best team in the country. Bennett was 14-20 for 250 yards and three touchdowns, leading the Georgia offense to the win. The Dawgs combined to rush for 166 yards on the day, even with Kendal Milton only getting four carries.
The Wildcats rushed for just 51 yards against this powerful Dawgs defense, scoring zero touchdowns in the process. Georgia will not be defeated this season if a team can’t establish some kind of a run game, which you saw again today. If Kentucky was going to make this a game, Chris Rodriguez needed to have a productive day. He only rushed for seven yards today, on seven carries. This isn’t going to win you many game, especially against the top ranked Dawgs defense.
Georgia made it known they are the most dominant team in the country today, even though they didn’t break away until the 2nd half. This football team is special and doesn’t give the opposing team a chance to breathe on offense, Even as Will Levis went 32-42 for 193 yards and two touchdowns, the offense, Kentucky didn’t score in the second half until Levis connected with Wan’Dale Robinson with 3 seconds left in the game, making it 30-13. Simply put, another day at the office for this Georgia defense.
In one of the most surprising things to happen in the game, Georgia missed an extra point, with erased the 363 extra point streak. Oh, and Kentucky covered the spread, thanks to that touchdown with :03 remaining on the clock.
So, now Georgia gets a week off, before playing Florida on October 30th, which will be much needed. This team needs to get healthy at certain spots, while the defense deserves a break. This will give Kirby Smart enough time to figure out who he should roll into Jacksonville with at quarterback, though it feels like a no-brainer at this point.