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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Third quarter blog

0:41 left in third quarter, Georgia now leads 34-16

This game isn't quite over, as Kentucky has scored late in the third quarter. But it was a hushed Commonwealth Stadium as receiver La'Rod King - who caught the long touchdown pass - stayed down on the field and had to be helped off with an apparent knee injury.

It's still a three-possession game. But not many fans have left the stadium, and the Wildcats know they can rally, having done it before. Georgia just has to do what it did to open this half - put together a convincing drive.

The question is whether the Bulldogs can. They have no passing game at the moment, especially downfield.

UPDATE: Maybe they don't need one. Kentucky just tried for the onside kick, and it went out of bounds at the Kentucky 46. Georgia starts with good field position yet again.

A gamble by the Joker that doesn't pay off.

7:12 left in third quarter, Georgia still leads 34-10

Add Sanders Commings to the list of Bulldogs having a big night. (And appropriately, a Sanders is doing well in Kentucky.)

The sophomore just picked off a long pass in the end zone, after recovering a fumble in the first half. The interception snuffed out a Kentucky drive that had reached deep into Georgia territory.

It also may prove to be the clincher. I know, I know, there's plenty of game left. But the way the Bulldogs are running the ball, they'll be able to eat up a lot of clock.

One note: Linebacker Mike Gilliard, who was emerging as a special teams star, is out for the rest of the game with a hamstring injury.

11:06 left in third quarter, Georgia now leads 34-10

Georgia needed a good opening drive to set the tone here, and not let Kentucky or its fans think a third straight comeback was possible.

It got it. An effective drive ends with Washaun Ealey's 3-yard touchdown. He became the first Georgia player to rush for four touchdowns in a game since Robert Edwards in 1997, against Florida.

It wasn't without one blemish - Blair Walsh missed the extra point, the first time he's done so in his three-year career. Last week he set the school record for consecutive made PATs. (Walsh also missed a field goal in the first half. Huh.)

Ealey did most of the damage, as he continues to be the workhorse this game. He's doing so without fumbling, so far.

But the big play on the drive was a 35-yard catch-and-run by A.J. Green. Give credit to the Georgia coaches - they don't see much of a vertical game there, but they're making sure Green gets the ball anyway.

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