After a long fall, the Georgia Bulldogs are nearing the end of the 2022 regular season.
No. 1 Georgia (11-0, 8-0 SEC) returns home for the last time this year on Saturday to take on rival Georgia Tech (5-6, 4-4 ACC) in a midday showdown on ESPN to recieve. The Bulldogs come in after a 16-6 away win over Kentucky; Georgia Tech, meanwhile, picked up a big win on the road with a 21-17 win over North Carolina.
Georgia has been taking care of business week after week throughout the 2022 season.
The Bulldogs have beaten Oregon, Samford, South Carolina, Kent State, Missouri, Auburn, Vanderbilt, Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi State and Kentucky this season, with the most recent win being the 10-point win over the Wildcats.
Georgia held off a late rally in Kentucky by making crucial stops on the Wildcats’ final two drives to secure a 16-6 road win. Points were hard to come by that night for the Bulldogs, who ultimately found three Jack Podlesny field goals and a Kenny McIntosh rushing touchdown to surpass Kentucky.
Georgia held Kentucky in front of the quarterback for most of the game Will Levis and companies did some magic early in the fourth quarter.
A Bulldogs turnover on downs left the Wildcats at 16 on their own 1-yard line, but Kentucky’s offense was up to the challenge. Levis fired Barion Brown for a momentous 42-yard gain to put Kentucky in Georgia territory and take the Wildcats to the abyss of points. The Bulldogs forced a crucial fourth and two on their own 8-yard line before Levis spotted Brown wide open on his way to the end zone and hit him for a touchdown.
Levis’ pass failed on Kentucky’s 2-point conversion attempt, leaving Georgia 16-6 ahead, 9-52 in the game.
A faltering drive on Georgia’s next possession returned the ball to Kentucky, who found themselves on their own 10 with 6:55 left. Levis made another big play through the air by finding Brown for a 47-yard gain, and by the seventh play of the drive the Wildcats were up to Georgia 17.
The Bulldogs’ defense unbuckled from there.
Javon Bullard and Robert Bel tripped Levis for a four-yard sack before Levis’ third and twelfth passes went wide. Instead of trying to convert the long fourth down, the Wildcats sent kickers Matt Ruffolowho missed wide left from 38 yards to return the ball to Georgia.
The Bulldogs ran about a minute and a half past the game clock before having to toss the ball back to the Wildcats, who took the ball on their own 25-yard line with 2:32 left. Kentucky was as far as his own 42 before Jalon Walker and Mikel Williams combined for a big tackle for the loss on the third down and Levis’ fourth downpass fell incomplete for a turnover on downs.
Georgia head coach Kirby Smart spoke to reporters Monday to open Georgia Tech Week. Below is what Smart said in full: