- David Ching, ESPN Staff Writer
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Turning point: With Carlton Thomas missing the game for undisclosed personal reasons and Isaiah Crowell sidelined for most of the first half with an ankle injury, reserve Georgia running back Ken Malcome fumbled his first carry of the game. Kentucky's Kent Taiedo Smith recovered at Georgia's 27-yard line and the Wildcats drove the rest of the way, scoring on a 2-yard touchdown pass from Max Smith to Tyler Robinson to take a 10-6 lead in the second quarter.
Stat of the half: 4-for-4. After struggling for much of the season, Blair Walsh seems to have regained the Bulldogs' place-kicker job. Walsh went 4-for-4 on field goals in the first half -- including a 40-yard kick with 48 seconds left -- to account for all 12 of the Bulldogs' points.
What Georgia needs to do; what Kentucky needs to do: Georgia needs to settle down. The Bulldogs played tight on offense for most of the first half, and the offensive line struggled to clear space for backs Brandon Harton and Malcome. They have 18 carries for only 50 yards and 114 yards of total offense at halftime. Kentucky needs to keep playing hard. The Wildcats have played with a lot of fire on defense and forced the sluggish Bulldogs to kick field goals.
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