Cats Lose 27-24 to Georgia on Last-Second Field Goal

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – Rodrigo Blankenship’s 25-yard field goal as time expired gave Georgia a 27-24 victory over Kentucky on Saturday night and ended the Bulldogs’ two-game losing streak.

Bulldogs quarterback Jacob Eason completed four passes for 42 yards before Sony Michel ran twice for 15 yards, including a 13-yarder to Kentucky’s 15 with 20 seconds remaining. After a Bulldogs timeout, Michel ran another 7 yards to set up Blankenship, who put it through to help Georgia (5-4, 3-4 Southeastern Conference) avoid falling below .500 after entering with four losses in five games.

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Blankenship’s game-winner followed Austin MacGinnis’ 25-yard field goal with 2:47 left that tied the game at 24. Kentucky couldn’t stop Eason, who completed 17 of 31 passes for 245 yards, or Michel, who rushed 19 times for 127 yards – including a 26-yard touchdown midway through the fourth quarter.

The Wildcats (5-4, 4-3 SEC), who looked to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2010 with a win, instead had their three-game winning streak snapped.

THE TAKEAWAY

Georgia: A week after gaining just 164 yards against Florida, the Bulldogs reasserted themselves offensively by outgaining Kentucky 460-308, including 215 yards rushing. Georgia committed three turnovers and had one converted into a Wildcats TD but was able to move the ball when it counted. Nick Chubb added 85 yards on 21 carries.

Kentucky: The Wildcats led 21-13 but couldn’t build on the lead. Just as they seemed to get going late behind another strong rushing game from Benny Snell (21 carries, 114 yards), the offense stalled inside the 10 and they settled for a tying field goal.

UP NEXT

Georgia: Hosts No. 11 Auburn next Saturday in its SEC finale, looking for a third straight win over the Tigers. The Bulldogs have won the past two meetings by a 47-14 combined margin.

Kentucky: The Wildcats finish their SEC schedule when they visit Tennessee next Saturday, seeking their first win over the Volunteers since 2011 and first triumph in Knoxville since 1984.

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Alex Risen joined the ABC 36 News team in October of 2011 as ABC 36’s Weekend Sports Anchor/ Sports Reporter. Alex can also be seen Friday nights co-anchoring the Highschool Highlight Reel. Alex started out in the broadcast business while still in college at the University of Kentucky, heading up the school’s daily student news network as the Sports Director. He made his commercial televsion debut in May of 2011 while at WYMT in Hazard, Kentucky as co-host of a weekly, half-hour high school sports program previewing area schools’ games on Friday nights and as a morning sports anchor. Alex has also spent time as an intern at ESPN in the Statistics and Analysis department, as a production assistant for NBC Sports horse racing and Sunday Night Football productions, and as an intern for WLKY in his hometown of Louisville, KY. Alex graduated from Saint Xavier High School in 2007 and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Kentucky in 2010 where he graduated magna cum laude from the Honors Program. He’s excited to be covering his passion in his home state and make Central Kentucky his home for years to come. Alex can be reached at ARisen@wtvq.com