The odds of Kentucky competing in this game appeared bleak from kickoff. Georgia scored on their first drive (five plays, 84 yards) and took a commanding lead before Kentucky found it’s first scoring opportunity to bring the score to 21-7 to end the first quarter. Kentucky went three-and-out on it’s first drive, and Georgia proceeded to score on its following drive, taking a 14-0 lead with over 100 yards of offense.
On the first play of UK’s next drive, the Cats fumbled the ball in a play which sidelined Jalen Whitlow with a stinger in which he appeared to hurt his neck. Max Smith, who has battled injuries of his own, stepped in for Whitlow. The UK defense stopped Georgia on one drive towards the end of the quarter. The play that kept the Cats in the game was a 69-yard run by Dyshawn Mobley in which he ran through a gap, untouched on his way to the end zone. UGA outgained UK 182 yards to 70 yards.