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Georgia came into Saturday needing a bounce-back victory. The last time the Bulldogs were on the field, they dropped a 41-24 loss to No. 2 Alabama. They got the win they needed against Kentucky, but it was as ugly as we thought it would be.
The final score of the game was 14-3, which moves Georgia’s record to 4-1 on the season. Kentucky, on the other hand, dropped to 2-4 after losing its second consecutive game by double-digit points.
The two teams combined for 575 total yards and only 17 points. We knew it would be rough for both offenses, but it was downright ugly if you were looking for fireworks. The over/under sat at 42.5 points, which is already low. Yet, the final score didn’t even get to half of that.
The lone bright spots were the running backs. Georgia’s Zamir White ran for 136 yards and a score on 26 carries while James Cook put up 101 total yards (39 rushing, 62 receiving) on 10 touches. Kentucky’s Chris Rodriguez Jr. posted 108 yards of his own on 20 carries.
Other than that, this one was a dud.
With quarterback Terry Wilson nursing a wrist injury, Auburn transfer Joey Gatewood got the start for the Wildcats. He had less than 91 yards passing, averaged 3.6 yards per attempt and barely cracked 100 total yards on the day. We saw most of that coming against Georgia’s defense, however.
The reactions to the horrid offensive performances went about as well as one would’ve expected it to.
What’s crazy about UK’s Offense is it has:
– A top level Offensive Line
– A potentially very good Running Back
– A QB who is 14-6 at Kentucky
Yet the offense is dreadful game after game
That needs explanation
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) October 31, 2020
Timeline is filled with QB debates, o-line second-guessing, WR criticism, play calling outrage. Understandable, but the "why" doesn't really matter. The "that" — that it's broken — is the only thing that matters.
— Justin Rowland (@RowlandRIVALS) October 31, 2020
If this is the offense that Georgia is going run and be, than doesn’t Mathis fit better in it? 2 becomes a bigger threat with his legs. Opens up more run lanes and can throw screens.
— David Pollack (@davidpollack47) October 31, 2020
Wow I’m so glad that 10 months later I can still say I hate watching Georgia’s offense. https://t.co/T7JUnuFcNr
— Jordan Greene (@DaleGreene33) October 31, 2020
At least there are still a few defensive-minded teams left in the SEC. Maybe Alabama, Florida, LSU and Auburn should take note. Or maybe they shouldn’t.
Follow Clint Lamb on Twitter @ClintRLamb.