LEXINGTON, Ky. — A last-second field goal gave Kentucky a win in its most recent home game. Another doomed them Saturday night.
Georgia got in range for a chip shot field goal to end the game and beat Kentucky 27-24. Ricardo Blankenship’s fourth-and-final field goal of the night — from 25 yards — was true as time expired.
Two key turnovers cost Kentucky in the third quarter. First it was receiver Garrett Johnson fumbling and then Jeff Badet letting a potential touchdown pass bounce off him and into a Georgia defender’s arms. Those turnovers came on back-to-back drives and only resulted in three points for the Bulldogs, but Badet’s drop was especially costly.
It was a perfectly placed pass by Stephen Johnson, and Badet had already beaten his man. Had he caught it, he would have waltzed into the end zone. Instead, the ball bounced off his hands and behind him, into the body of Georgia’s Deandre Baker.
Kentucky had an opening to end Saturday as the SEC East leader. A win over Georgia would have put the Wildcats a half-game ahead of Florida, which lost earlier in the day to Arkansas. Instead, the Wildcats are now in a jumbled mess of three-loss teams in the SEC East. While they aren’t mathematically eliminated, they need to win out — and complete chaos around the East — for them to make it to Atlanta.
Kentucky’s defense was on the field seven minutes longer than Georgia. The Wildcats defense held strong for most of the game, but it didn’t have enough on the Bulldogs’ final drive.