LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray set a career high with 427 passing yards and the Bulldogs pulled out a 29-24 win over Kentucky on Saturday night.
The Bulldogs (6-1) led 22-17 early in the fourth quarter of the SEC game when a critical play
vaporized all of Kentucky's momentum. Georgia was set to punt from its own 19-yard line. But
Kentucky was called for running into the punter, which gave the Bulldogs a first down at their own 25.
Murray then passed for all 75 remaining yards, completing 6 of 7, to give the Bulldogs a 29-17
The Wildcats answered with a touchdown on their next drive but failed to recover an onside kick with 3:59 left.
Kentucky (1-7) scored a touchdown on the first drive of the game, and it has been a long time
since the Wildcats have been able to say that. Before Saturday, they hadn't scored a touchdown in the first quarter of any game since Nov. 27, 2010, a span of 20 games between first-quarter TD
Kentucky's Jonathan George had four rushes for 42 yards on the drive, including two third-down conversions, but it was a Morgan Newton 4-yard pass to Aaron Boyd that gave Kentucky its 7-0 lead.
Murray's connections with wide receiver Tavarres King were the lifeblood of Georgia's three
first-half scoring drives. Both touchdowns before halftime were passes from Murray to King; the
first a 66-yarder over the top and the second a 1-yard reception.
Murray was 15 for 19 for 243 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. King had six catches
for 147 yards and two scores before halftime and finished with nine receptions for 188 yards and
The sequence just before halftime that gave Georgia its lead may not have happened if it weren't for a decision by Kentucky coach Joker Phillips to challenge the spot of a ball on a third-down play. The Bulldogs appeared to barely convert a third-and-14 play on a pass from Murray to running back Todd Gurley. With seven seconds left and the clock running, Georgia had no timeouts on the Kentucky 27.
But Phillips challenged the spot. The ruling on the field stood and the clock was reset to 17
Murray spiked the ball once the clock resumed and then connected with King -- again a vital part of a Georgia scoring drive -- for 18 yards to set up a 27-yard field goal with three seconds left.
Georgia took a 16-14 lead into halftime.