(2Q, 7:59): Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint’s 5-yard touchdown catch from Stetson Bennett gives Georgia a 10-7 lead. The Bulldogs got rolling on that drive with Kenny McIntosh’s 45-yard carry, and Daijun Edwards’ 18-yard run two games later put the Bulldogs in the red zone. Georgia flirted with having to settle for another field goal when Bennett threw a ball to Rosemy-Jacksaint, who did a great job of reaching up and snatching the ball. Georgia leads for the first time today.
(1Q, 0:00): Georgia follows Georgia Tech 7-3. The Yellow Jackets gained the upper hand over the Bulldogs in the first quarter, but Georgia showed real signs of life before the end of the period. The things that stand out at this point: Georgia’s running defense needs to be tough, and the Bulldogs’ passing catchers need to open up in bottom field. It seemed like these guys were having real trouble opening up on the game’s first two drives.
(1Q, 0:18): Jack Podlesny’s 30-yard field goal cuts Georgia Tech’s lead to 7-3. Georgia got as far as Georgia Tech’s 4-yard line before a 3-yard loss and a false start ended their scoring chances. The drive was strong from Georgia and was highlighted by some big runs from Stetson Bennett. Still, the Bulldogs’ recent troubles with not scoring touchdowns in the red zone reared their ugly heads.
– (1Q, 10:43): Taisun Phommachanh’s 7-yard rushing touchdown leaves Georgia 7-0 behind Georgia Tech. It was a tough opener for the Georgia defense, which began by giving up two big runs, giving up a deep shot in fourth and ninth, and then giving up the quick hit on the Yellow Jackets touchdown. If it wasn’t clear beforehand, it’s obvious that Georgia Tech came to Athens with an excitement in their heads.
– Georgia wins the draw and postpones the election. Georgia Tech gets the kick to open the game. This is about to start.
– Wide receiver AD Mitchell went through full-team warm-ups and preliminary pre-game warm-ups with no noticeable limitations. Just based on what we saw there, I think he’s available to play. How much Georgia opts for the sophomore after missing seven of their last eight games remains to be seen.
Another wide receiver, true rookie CJ Smith, appears to be back and available. Smith didn’t make any trips to Mississippi State or Kentucky, although that may have more to do with Georgia being limited to 70 players.
– Offensive guard Tate Ratledge seems ready after missing the Kentucky game with a shoulder subluxation. Ratledge dealt with the first-team representatives on the right before the game, while Xavier Truss stood on the left.
– Jalon Walker, who has been working with the outside linebackers for the past few weeks, warms up with the inside linebackers ahead of the game.
– A wide receiver who didn’t go through warm-ups: True freshman De’Nylon Morrissette, who eventually joined the team on the field during warm-ups but wasn’t dressed. Morrissette missed the Kentucky game last week because Kirby Smart said it was either a hamstring or a knee injury.
– Another player not seen on Saturday was tight end Arik Gilbert. Gilbert did not travel to Kentucky last week but traveled to the state of Mississippi the week before.
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.
As a result of Saturday’s action, Georgia beat Kentucky for a 13th straight season and sealed an undefeated record in this season’s SEC game, only the 11th in program history.
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 is nearing the start of its showdown with Georgia Tech. Keep an eye on this story for pre-game observations as well as in-game updates once kick-off time arrives.