LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Aaron Murray threw four touchdown passes to rally No. 13 Georgia to a 29-24 victory over stubborn Kentucky on Saturday night.
The junior finished 30 of 38 for 427 yards as the Bulldogs (6-1, 4-1 SEC) stayed within reach of East-leading Florida entering next week's showdown against the Gators (7-0, 6-0) in Jacksonville, Fla.
Georgia, coming off a bye following a 35-7 loss at South Carolina, had to work hard to get past Kentucky (1-7, 0-5). Despite outgaining the Wildcats 504-329, the Bulldogs trailed three times and needed Murray's fourth TD for a cushion.
Two of Murray's scores were to Tavarres King, who had nine receptions for 188 yards - including a 66-yard TD.
Arthur Lynch and Chris Conley also caught TDs for the Bulldogs, and Todd Gurley added 47 rushing yards on 12 carries.
Kentucky senior Morgan Newton ran and passed for touchdowns, and Raymond Sanders ran for a 3-yard score.
KENTUCKY POSTGAME NOTES
No. 13 Georgia vs. Kentucky
Commonwealth Stadium, Oct. 20, 2012
FINAL SCORE: Georgia 29, Kentucky 24
Team Records and Series Notes
• Kentucky is 1-7 overall, 0-5 in the Southeastern Conference. Georgia is 6-1 overall, 4-1 in league play.
• Georgia leads the series 52-12-2.
• Kentucky is 47-20 in Homecoming games since 1946.
• Kentucky returns to action Saturday, Oct. 27, at Missouri. The game is at noon EDT (11 a.m. CDT in Columbia).
• The Wildcats scored on its opening drive for the first time in 2012, driving 84 yards in 13 plays for a touchdown, taking 5:01 off the clock.
• Kentucky entered the game having played the toughest schedule in the nation, according to three of the computer ratings used in the official BCS rankings.
• UK faced its fifth top-25 opponent of the season, with UK’s opponents combining for a 37-7 record when not playing Kentucky in 2012.
• UK rushed for 206 yards on 43 carries, a new season high, eclipsing the 185 rushing yards on 30 carries in the win over Kent State.
• The Wildcats held Georgia to 77 rushing yards on 32 carries, the fewest rushing yards for a UK opponent in 2012 and the fewest rushing yards for the Bulldogs on the season.
• Marked the first time UK held an opponent under 100 yards of rushing since limiting Tennessee to 61 yards in 2011.
• UK’s 24-point output vs. the Bulldogs marked the second-most points scored vs. UGA in 2012.
• Kentucky is fielding one of the nation’s youngest teams, playing 14 true freshmen and 26 total (true and redshirt) frosh, one of the nation’s top-five teams in each category. Highlighting the youth is the Wildcat secondary, which entered this game with one senior, two sophomores and five true freshmen on the two-deep.
• Freshman QB Jalen Whitlow rushed six times for 31 yards and was 9-for-13 for 86 yards in the air.
o On a trick play in the second quarter, Whitlow hauled in his first career catch, a 33-yard grab from WR Demarco Robinson.
• Robinson made his first career pass attempt in the second quarter, hooking up with Whitlow for a 33-yard completion.
• Junior TB Jonathan George set a new career high with 87 yards on 12 rushes. George’s 87-yard rushing outing eclipses 52-yard rushing games vs. Kent State and Florida.
• Junior TB Raymond Sanders rushed 18 times for 72 yards, recording his third TD run of the year and the sixth of his career.
• Senior QB Morgan Newton threw his first touchdown of the season and the 15th of his career.
o Newton added a two-yard touchdown rush in the second quarter, his first rushing TD of the year and the fifth of his career.
o He finished with five rushes for 21 yards.
• Senior Aaron Boyd hauled in his second touchdown of the year in the first quarter, a four-yard grab.
• Senior DE Taylor Wyndham and junior DL Donte Rumph each finished with 1.5 sacks in the game.
o The sacks give Wyndham 7.5 in his career.
o Rumph has four sacks in his career and three in 2012.
• Junior LB Avery Williamson led UK with 13 tackles, marking his fifth double-digit tackle effort of the year.
• Freshman DB Fred Tiller charted a career-high eight tackles.
• Sophomore DB Ashely Lowery recorded his first career tackle for a loss.
• Sophomore DB Eric Dixon recorded his first career sack, totaling three tackles in the game.
• Senior PK Craig McIntosh made his fourth field goal of the season and is now 4-for-8 in 2012.
o In his career, McIntosh has made 27-of-35 field-goal attempts, including 7-of-8 from 30-39 yards.