Kentucky vs. Georgia: 10 Things We Learned in Bulldogs' Win

Brian Jones@Brian_L_JonesContributor INovember 24, 2013

Kentucky vs. Georgia: 10 Things We Learned in Bulldogs' Win

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    The Georgia Bulldogs defeated the Kentucky Wildcats, 59-17, in convincing fashion on Saturday night in Athens.

    They dominated on offense and defense, and one could argue that this was the best they looked all year. 

    The Bulldogs are not playing for the SEC title anymore, but they showed that they are going to finish the season strong, no matter what the circumstances may be.

    But as good as they looked against the Wildcats, it was a somewhat somber night for the Bulldogs because they lost a key player, and there's no telling when he'll be back.

    Here's 10 things we learned in the Bulldogs' win vs. Kentucky. 

Aaron Murray Loves the Bulldog Nation

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    The fans gave Aaron Murray a standing ovation when he was introduced before the game, and Murray gave it right back to the fans.

    In two quarters of play, Murray threw for 183 yards and four touchdowns. He was poised in the pocket, was on point with his throws and was able to move on the run.

    He wanted to give the fans a treat because this was his final game at Sanford Stadium.

    But him giving all he had in the game may have cost him. 

Murray Deserves Better

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    The reason Murray only played in two quarters against Kentucky is he got injured during the second quarter. 

    Murray injured his left knee after throwing an interception near the end zone late in the second quarter and had to be helped off the field. In fact, the injury was bad enough to the point where he had to go to the hospital to get X-rays.

    Murray has done so much for the Bulldogs, and it would be horrible if he can't finish the rest of the season. He does have a bright future ahead of him, but after all he's done and the accomplishments he's achieved in Athens, it's only right for him to beat Georgia Tech one last time and win one final bowl game.

Hutson Mason Is Ready

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    This is not a surprise because Hutson Mason has been ready for a while. 

    But he proved he was ready after filling in for Murray late in the first half.

    Mason completed 13 of his 19 passes with 189 yards and one touchdown. He was on point with his throws and looked like a veteran under center.

    Mason has a chance to do something Murray was not able to do, and that's win the SEC. If the skill players remain healthy and the offensive line is steady all season long, Mason and the Bulldogs will have a great 2014 season. 

Todd Gurley Is Back

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    In all fairness, Todd Gurley has been back for the past few weeks. But he was as strong as he's ever been against the Wildcats.

    Gurley carried the ball eight times for 77 yards. He also has five catches for 90 yards and two touchdowns. 

    Because of the big lead Georgia was able to amass, Gurley did not have be on the field all game long. But if he did play the entire game, his numbers would be off the charts, which would be another day in the office for the sophomore back. 

Arthur Lynch Has Become a Threat

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    After a slow start, Arthur Lynch is starting to come into his own in his final year as a Bulldog.

    Lynch had four receptions for 42 yards and two touchdowns. He was a threat in the middle of the field, and the Wildcats had no answer for him.

    In the past two games, Lynch has scored three times. In the first nine games, Lynch only had two touchdowns. 

The Defense Played Its Best Game of the Year

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    Kentucky is no offensive powerhouse by any means. But the Bulldogs defense did make the Wildcats look worse than they really are. 

    The entire unit tackled effectively, got after both quarterbacks and most importantly, they go off the field on third down.

    And there are two player who were the reason the defense came out and played against Kentucky.

Ramik Wilson Is the Leader of the Defense

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    If there is one player who deserves to be called the leader of the defense, that title would go to Ramik Wilson. 

    It was another solid performance for the inside linebacker, racking up nine tackles and one sack in the win. 

    Wilson now leads the SEC in tackles with 119, and he also has four sacks. He is not the player Alec Ogletree was for the Bulldogs, but he is a very talented linebacker who has not gotten the credit he deserves. 

Josh Harvey-Clemson Has a Short Memory

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    Having a short memory is good for a college football player, especially in Josh Harvey-Clemons' case.

    The sophomore safety was part of the Auburn miracle touchdown pass play where he batted the ball up in the air to keep the play alive.

    But that's in the past, and he showed that on Saturday night with six tackles, three tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

    Harvey-Clemons is still growing as a player, and he will make his mistakes. But he is showing that he's getting better, and after a game like he had against Kentucky, it will be fun to see him play the last two games of the year as well as all of the 2014 season. 

Special Teams Will Always Be a Problem

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    If there is one bad thing to take away from the game other than the Murray injury, it would have to be the play of special teams. 

    There was only one special teams flaw, and that was early in the game when Reggie Davis muffed the punt return and Kentucky was able to recover the ball.

    It wasn't a costly mistake because Georgia was up by three scores. But it's something that has been going on all year and has cost this team a couple of ballgames. So it's safe to say special teams will not improve in the last two games, but it needs to be the focus for the 2014 season.

There Was Never an Auburn Hangover

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    The Auburn game was a tough pill to swallow. But it did not phase the Bulldogs because they played one of their best games of the season on Saturday night.

    The offense was able to run and throw the ball, the defense was able to get after the quarterback and the team made very few mistakes.

    It's good to see the Bulldogs have a game like this, but one has to wonder, if they didn't have the issues they had on defense as well as the injuries on offense, would they have played like this all year?