LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Matthew Stafford threw for 376 yards and
the go-ahead touchdown to A.J. Green with 1:54 remaining to lift
No. 14 Georgia to a 42-38 win over Kentucky on Saturday.
Knowshon Moreno ran for 123 yards and three scores and wide
receiver Mohamed Massaquoi atoned for two fumbles by hauling in a
career-high eight receptions for 191 yards and a touchdown as the
Bulldogs (8-2, 5-2 Southeastern Conference) survived a major scare
from the Wildcats (6-4, 2-4).
Freshman quarterback Randall Cobb ran for 82 yards and three
scores for the Kentucky, but threw an interception to Georgia's
DeMarcus Dobbs at the Georgia 13 with 46 seconds remaining and the
A week after getting embarrassed by Florida, the Bulldogs nearly
slipped up again against the Wildcats. Kentucky dominated the line
of scrimmage and took advantage of shaky Georgia special teams to
overcome an early 14-point deficit to lead 38-35 with 4 minutes
Stafford, however, hit Massaquoi for 78 yards to put the ball
inside the Kentucky 10. On 3rd-and-goal from the 11, Stafford
avoided the rush and rolled to his right, flipping the ball to
Green in the back of the end zone for his third touchdown pass of
Kentucky, as it had all day, came right back. Cobb drove the
Wildcats to the Georgia 26 before stalling and the Bulldogs seemed
to have victory in hand when Cobb threw incomplete on fourth down.
Georgia's Nick Williams, however, was called for a facemask
penalty while trying to sack Cobb. The penalty gave Kentucky a
first down at the Georgia 13, and Cobb tried to throw a screen
Dobbs didn't let it happen, stretching his 6-foot-2, 282-pound
frame and snatching the ball with his right hand as he fell back to
It was one of the few defensive plays the Bulldogs made all day
as Georgia struggled to contain Kentucky's newly installed spread
offense. Cobb, who has spent much of the season battling sophomore
Mike Hartline for the starting job, didn't do much throwing - going
12-of-20 for 105 yards - but the way the Wildcats were running, he
didn't have to.
Kentucky rolled up 226 yards on the ground against the SEC's
second-ranked run defense, keeping Georgia's high-powered offense
off the field. Tony Dixon had 61 yards and two scores for the
Wildcats and little-used fullback John Conner had 26 yards and a
touchdown and Kentucky had a nearly 10-minute advantage in time of
Stafford, however, made sure the Bulldogs made the best use of
the few opportunities provided. Kentucky lost top cornerback
Trevard Lindley with an injury in the second half, and the Bulldogs
Massaquoi, who fumbled twice early in the fourth quarter to halt
Georgia drives, made up for it after Kentucky punted to the Georgia
15 with 3:55 to go. Stafford hit him going over the middle on first
down and Massaquoi stepped out of a tackle and raced down the right
sideline to the Kentucky 7. Two plays later, Stafford connected
with Green, who held on despite getting hit as he fell to the
The last-minute heroics hardly seemed necessary after the
Bulldogs raced to a quick 14-0 lead as Stafford hit Massaquoi for
an easy 29-yard touchdown pass and Moreno went in from 6 yards.
The Wildcats, who have struggled on offense all season, fought
back to tie it behind Cobb.
The freshman led a pair of time-consuming touchdown drives,
ending the second with a nifty 2-yard run. Cobb's decision to
prance across the goalline, however, drew a flag for
unsportsmanlike conduct. The Bulldogs used the ensuing good field
position to reclaim the lead at 21-14 on an 11-yard scoring pass
from Stafford to Shaun Chapas.
The fun was just beginning.
Kentucky used a blocked punt and a 96-yard kickoff return to get
back in it, and came within moments of upsetting the Bulldogs for
the second time in three years.
Georgia 14 7 7 14-42
Kentucky 7 7 10 14-38
Geo-Massaquoi 29 pass from Stafford (Walsh kick), 13:11.
Geo-Moreno 6 run (Walsh kick), 7:38.
Ky-Dixon 3 run (Seiber kick), 1:14.
Ky-R.Cobb 2 run (Seiber kick), 7:15.
Geo-Chapas 11 pass from Stafford (Walsh kick), 4:48.
Ky-FG Seiber 40, 9:19.
Ky-R.Cobb 9 run (Seiber kick), 7:31.
Geo-Moreno 20 run (Walsh kick), 3:21.
Ky-Dixon 14 run (Seiber kick), 14:26.
Geo-Moreno 18 run (Walsh kick), 13:49.
Ky-R.Cobb 1 run (Seiber kick), 12:15.
Geo-Green 11 pass from Stafford (Walsh kick), 1:54.
First downs 17 20
Rushes-yards 30-144 56-226
Passing 376 105
Comp-Att-Int 17-27-0 12-20-1
Return Yards 12 10
Punts-Avg. 4-26.0 4-42.3
Fumbles-Lost 2-2 3-1
Penalties-Yards 5-58 3-40
Time of Possession 25:10 34:50
RUSHING-Georgia, Moreno 22-123, Green 1-28, Samuel 1-2,
Team 2-(minus 2), Stafford 4-(minus 7). Kentucky, R.Cobb 18-82,
Dixon 18-61, A.Smith 11-60, Conner 7-26, Allen 1-0,
Adeyemi 1-(minus 3).
PASSING-Georgia, Stafford 17-27-0-376. Kentucky,
RECEIVING-Georgia, Massaquoi 8-191, Moreno 3-40, Moore 2-68,
Green 2-53, Durham 1-13, Chapas 1-11. Kentucky, Lanxter 4-25,
Dixon 2-24, Adeyemi 2-11, Adams 2-9, Grinter 1-29, A.Smith 1-7.