Friday, October 22, 2010

Dawgs Play The Wildcats


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Overall: 3-4                  7:30 p.m. ET                  Overall: 4-3
              SEC: 2-3                       Lexington, Kentucky                         SEC 1-3             
Commonweath Stadium (67,942)

The Coaches

Mark Richt is in his 10th season at Georgia and overall with a record of 93-31(.750). The Dawgs’ offensive coordinator is Mike Bobo and Todd Grantham serves as the defensive coordinator.

Joker Phillips is in his first season at Kentucky and overall. The Wildcats’ offensive
coordinator is Randy Sanders and the defensive coordinator is Steve Brown.

What To Look For When Georgia Has The Ball

Aaron Murray scorched the Commodore defense for a career-high 287 yards and two
touchdowns. His passing efficiency has steadily risen for four straight games, peaking with a 190.4 mark against VU. With 18 career touchdown catches, A.J. Green ranks fourth in Dawg history. Green managed another touchdown versus the Commodores on three catches. In his first start since MSU, sophomore TB Washaun Ealey exploded for the second 100-yard game of his career after registering 123 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown against Vanderbilt. Kris Durham was the leading receiver in each of the first three games and is the team leader in 2010. He has 22 catches for 453 yards and two touchdowns on the year.

Kentucky leads the SEC in pass defense, limiting the opponent to just 153.2 yards per game in the air. Danny Trevathan is having an impressive season as he paces the defense with a league-leading 70 tackles. He has posted double-figure tackles in four games this season, including three in a row. He also ranks fifth in the league in the tackles for loss category with nine TFL. Winston Guy is second on the team in tackles with 46 stops and has played consistently with at least four tackles each game, including a season-high 10 vs. South Carolina. Ricky Lumpkin has 3.5 tackles for loss in the first seven games, including a quarterback sack, and also has been credited with a quarterback hurry.

What To Look For When Kentucky Has The Ball

Mike Hartline is coming off one of his finest performances as a Wildcat as he set a career high for TD passes (four), passing yards (349) and completions (32) against South Carolina. He currently ranks second in the SEC in passing yards per game (255.9) and is fourth in total offense (257.1 yards per game). Randall Cobb became UK’s leader in career touchdowns last week. Cobb now has 33 TDs in just 30 career games. Chris Matthews has an SEC-high six TD catches this season. Matthews had 12 catches for 177 yards against South Carolina, both career highs.

Justin Houston remains the SEC sack leader with 6.5. Houston is also fourth in the conference in tackles for loss (11). He exploded for a career-high 10 tackles, including two sacks, and forced a fumble against South Carolina. Houston tallied five tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss in the victory over the Volunteers to go along with seven QB hurries. Akeem Dent has registered 10 or more tackles in three out of the last four games and has led Georgia in tackles during all four of those contests. He tied his career high with 12 tackles against the Volunteers (previous career high came against Colorado) and is tied for fourth in the league with 62 stops.

Special Teams

Blair Walsh has also hit at least one FG in 15 straight games and 29 games in his career. Walsh is now 13-for-15 on FGs for the year and 48-for-60 in his career. So far in 2010, Drew Butler has averaged 45.0 yards on 30 punts, nine that went for 50+.

Punter Ryan Tydlacka was named SEC Co-Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance against South Carolina. Tydlacka averaged 41.5 yards per punt with three punts inside the 20. Joe Mansour has handled most of the kickoffs this season. He now has a league-leading 14 touchbacks. Randall Cobb is a capable punt returner and ranks fourth in the SEC in punt return average with 9.8 yards per runback. He has two punt return touchdowns in his career.

Series/Game Notes

Record: Georgia Leads 49-12-2

The Georgia-Kentucky series began in 1939, and the Dawgs hold a 49-12-2 edge... The Wildcats’ 12th win in the series came in Athens in 2009 as Kentucky edged Georgia 34-27... The Dawgs took a 20-6 lead going into the second half, but Kentucky exploded for four touchdowns in the second half and Georgia turned it over four times... Tight end Orson Charles had a career day in his first year with the Dawgs after snagging four catches for 73 yards and a touchdown... Quarterback Joe Cox led Georgia’s passing attack with 291 yards and three touchdowns, although completing only 12 of 30 attempts... This was only the third time in 19 seasons that Kentucky posted a victory against the Dawgs.

Radio / TV

Dawgs: Fun 101 FM (101.1) – Pre-Game Starts At 4:30 pm

Wildcats: WBUL-FM (98.1), Lexington / XM: 199 / Sirius: 217

TV: CSS - Matt Stewart, play-by-play; Chris Doering, analyst; Allison Williams, sidelines.

On Line:


In one word – Cool!

Partly cloudy and 64 degrees at kickoff, decreasing to 62 by 11 pm, no chance of rain, 47% humidity at kickoff and rising to 56% by 11 pm, winds from the south at 11 miles per hour. Temp will feel like 61 at kickoff, dropping to 58 by 11 pm.

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