Kentucky Wildcats Upset Bid Falls Short to Georgia Bulldogs

Nathan TowlesCorrespondent INovember 8, 2008

What a beautiful Saturday it was in the Bluegrass State. The only thing that would have made it better would have been a Kentucky win. We all should be happy with the play of our Cats anyway.

Kentucky played the No. 13-ranked Georgia Bulldogs to the wire, 42-38. The young Wildcats showed heart and determination in the loss, two things Kentucky hasn't done that much this year.

Kentucky needed a almost perfect game to upset Georgia. They got that from the special teams, which blocked a Georgia punt inside Georgia territory. The defense forced Georgia into two fumbles.

At the start of the game, it didn't look like it would be close after Georgia put two touchdowns on the scoreboard early in the first quarter. Kentucky stood tall and didn't take the knockout punch.

They hit back.

John Conner helped UK pick up two fourth-down conversions. Later in the drive, Tony Dixon took in it for a touchdown. The defense held Georgia and forced them to punt.

Randall Cobb then fumbled at the Kentucky 37, but the defense played tough and didn't allow any points off that turnover. Cobb took control of the game and scored on a two-yard keeper.

Then the shootout was on.

Georgia took a 21-17 lead into halftime. But it wouldn't stay that for long as Danny Trevathan blocked a punt. That led to a 10-yard touchdown run by Cobb.

The score went back and forth into the fourth quarter. Early in the fourth, Tony Dixon ran in his second touchdown from 14 yards.

The Kentucky defense made plays on defense, but not enough as Georgia went ahead late in the fourth quarter for good. Kentucky did have a chance to win, but a Cobb pass was intercepted.

Georgia threw the knockout punch as many times as they could, but Kentucky never went away to the end. The defense held its own without cornerback Trevard Lindley, who got hurt, but Kentucky needed him at the end.

Cobb threw for 105 yards on 12-for-20 with one interception. His damage came from the ground, as he ran the ball 18 times for 82 yards and three touchdowns.

Kentucky had its best game of the year on the ground, as they racked up 226 yards. Third down conversions had been terrible this year as they are last in the league. On Saturday they were 8-for-17.

You couldn't have asked for more from Kentucky. They are without two of their star players due to injury in Dicky Lyons Jr. and Derrick Locke. Playing Georgia to the end was a statement.

You can't ask more from a true freshman, starting his second game of his career, in Randall Cobb. He played his heart out and left it on the field.

Just seeing him cry in the arms of Coach Rich Brooks says a lot. Who couldn't help but cry? I know that I did.

He resembled former UK quarterback Andre Woodson on Saturday. He checked at the line of scrimmage and put his team on his shoulders. That is to show what an athlete he already is.

Even if it wasn't a win, Kentucky got a lot of momentum going into next Saturday's showdown with Vanderbilt.