Georgia 21, Kentucky 0
At the moment, just take it and move on. Georgia was so jacked up after the loss to South Carolina that … it went into halftime tied at 0-0. To be very, very fair, the weather was miserable, but Jake Fromm still managed to not make mistakes hitting 9-of-12 passes for just 35 yards. That’s where the O line kicked in, pounding away for a 179-yard, two-score running day from D’Andre Swift.
Kentucky couldn’t do anything against the Georgia D – or the rain. Lynn Bowden only managed 2-of-15 passing for 17 yards, but he ran for 99 yards. That wasn’t nearly enough to keep up or go on any decent marches. Once the Cats got down, there was no prayer of coming up with any sort of a comeback in the conditions. Even with this, with Missouri, Tennessee, and at Vanderbilt up next before UT Martin, UK should win three of those four and get bowl eligible.
Georgia didn’t look the part in the rain, but it got the shutout win in what could’ve been a dangerous game – the weather could’ve been an even bigger factor. It survived, now it gets a week off, and then it’s Florida, Missouri and Auburn. It’s time to recharge, and find a passing game.
Vanderbilt 21, Missouri 14
Oh Missouri … really? The Tigers couldn’t get Kelly Bryant and the passing game going, a charged up Vandy defense held firm against the run, and just couldn’t get the offense moving. There was only one turnover, but 12 penalties for 120 yards and whiff after whiff on third downs were crushing. Bryant did what he could – he led the team with 72 rushing yards – but the line couldn’t get the running backs rolling.
Vanderbilt pulled that from out of nowhere. Ke’Shawn Vaughn ran for 96 yards and a touchdown and led the team with 80 receiving yards and a score, Mo Hasan was far more effective than Riley Neal – right up until Neal came up with the game-winning touchdown pass in the fourth. Give this game to the defense, though, that was night-and-day sharper and more effective than it was against UNLV.
Vanderbilt can’t start thinking about a bowl at 2-5, but at least the season pulled up out of the nosedive. Now it has to go on the road to deal with South Carolina and Florida – the Commodores have to play giant killers – with the pressure around the running game like the D had this week. Missouri can’t go bowling thanks to the NCAA, but it can help screw up Kentucky’s year next week before getting a week off to get ready for Georgia and Florida.