Grade Report: Offensive Grinds Out a Win

Georgia fought for victory away against this Kentucky with 16:6. The Bulldogs had a fairly straightforward game plan. Lead football on offense and do what is necessary to ensure victory is certain, no matter how dull or unimpressive it looks.

In the red zone, they had several opportunities to score more points, but it turned out to be a busy day for kicker Jack Podlesny instead. A touchdown and a handful of field goals were all it took Georgia to go unbeaten against Kentucky and go unbeaten in the conference for the first time in school history in two straight years.

So, after Georgia’s win over Kentucky, here’s how the offense went:

Quarterbacks: B+

That was by far the least Stetson Bennett was asked to do in a game all season. He threw the ball just 19 times for 116 yards and also threw an interception. However, he completed 68 percent of his passes. Not a striking stat line from Bennett, but again, he didn’t have to throw the ball more than 30 times that game. Outside of his interceptions, Bennett was still productive on his limited number of attempts and did what was needed of him to secure a win.

Running backs: A+

Georgia relied heavily on the running game against Kentucky and the running backs answered the call. Especially Kenny McIntosh. Georgia, as a unit, finished for 247 yards on the ground, and 143 of those came from McIntosh. Only the second time this season that a Georgia running back has surpassed 100 yards in a game this season. Daijun Edwards also pinned another 50 yards to the finish line.

They remained efficient throughout the game and didn’t have the ball security issues they’ve been struggling with for several weeks this season. Can’t ask for much more from your running backs room if you’re Georgia.

Offensive line: A+

When a running game is as efficient as Georgia versus Kentucky, then a lot of props have to go on the offensive. The Bulldogs averaged 5.4 yards per carry, and while they didn’t pass the ball often, it was another perfect play in pass protection from the offensive line. The only negative about their performance was that they didn’t get a shove in goal-line situations, which contributed to Georgia having to settle for field goals. It was a grind-it-out game, and that’s exactly what the Bulldogs’ front line did for four quarters.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends: A

Statistically, it was a quiet day for the receivers, but they weren’t asked to do much more than block for most of the game either. Dominick Blaylock led with 38 yards and 35 of them came from a reception. It may have been a quiet day for both the wide receivers and tight ends, but they did their part to help with the running game and that was all that was really asked of them to get the job in Georgia’s final conference game to do the regular season .

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