Sunday, November 24, 2013
What we learned: Week 13
By David Ching
ATHENS, Ga. -- Here are three things we learned in Georgia's 59-17 win against Kentucky on Saturday.
Mason can do the job: Without question, the story of the game was Aaron Murray's second-quarter knee injury that Georgia coach Mark Richt said likely will keep the senior quarterback out of next week's game against Georgia Tech. The good news for the Bulldogs is that the offense didn't miss a beat with Hutson Mason under center. The junior led the Bulldogs to touchdowns on each of the first four possessions after he entered the game and capped his evening with a field-goal drive. He finished 13-for-19 for 189 yards and one touchdown, plus he scored on a 1-yard plunge.
Bulldogs still have bite: There was plenty of reason to wonder how the Bulldogs would rebound following last week's crushing, last-minute loss at Auburn. Georgia put those fears to rest quickly, jumping out to a 21-0 lead after three possessions. Not only were the Bulldogs dominant on offense -- their 59 points were the program's most since 2011, and they rolled up 602 yards on 82 plays -- but the defense had its best outing of the season. Kentucky turned the ball over three times and gained only 211 total yards.
One more for the seniors: Although Murray's injury put a damper on the evening, Georgia's seniors went out in style in their final game at Sanford Stadium. The black-clad fans gave the 28 seniors a raucous ovation during a pregame ceremony -- with SEC all-time leading passer Murray getting the loudest cheers -- and then the Bulldogs promptly destroyed Kentucky with by far the team's most complete outing of the season.