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What ticked Shawn Williams Off: Remembering the Kentucky Game


This is the seventh of fourteen Post-Season Game Reviews focusing on the Dawgs’ performance.

Be sure to check out the other games in the series here:

 

Georgia at Kentucky

The Georgia Bulldogs took full advantage of an off-week following the disappointing outing in Columbia, South Carolina.  Unfortunately, the trip to Kentucky on October 20th resembled on off game in more ways than one.

What We Saw:

  • Georgia’s defense continued to disappoint allowing 206 yards on the ground to the less than formidable Wildcats.
  • Aaron Murray was brilliant connecting on 30 of 38 passes for 427 yards, 4 TDs and 0 INTs.
  • Gurshall struggled combining for just 70 yards on 18 carries.

 

What We Learned:

Aaron Murray won this game for the Dawgs.  It was unfortunate that it came down to him – Kentucky won only 1 game against FBS opposition in 2012 – but it did, and he handled business.  We learned that in a bind (even a bind that should never have occurred) Murray could lead the offense as the running game struggled.  Tavarres King had 188 yards and two TDs, Malcolm Mitchell hauled in another 103 yards and Artie Lynch and Christian Conley also added TD grabs.

Depending on the defense – week to week – was not in the best interest of Georgia fans this year.  This much was evident.

What We Should Have Learned:

Somebody needed to step up.  A few days later Shawn Williams would be that somebody, but immediately following the Kentucky game it was hard to know what to expect from the defense.  With a recent loss to South Carolina in the rear-view and a cat-fight with Kentucky just passed, optimism was low heading into the Florida game.

Long-Term Impact:

Shawn Williams happened.  Playing like men happened.  Beating Florida happened.  The embarrassing effort in Lexington was a huge factor in the Dawg’s change in mentality.

Looking Ahead:

Kentucky has a new coaching staff in place heading into 2013.  The short-lived Bowl-eligible era of Wildcat football now seems a distant memory.  Let’s hope games like this are too.

That’s all I got/

Andrew

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