Finally, Dogs run away with a win thanks to take-aways

Washaun Ealey scored a school record five rushing touchdowns Saturday night in Lexington. (Associated Press)

Washaun Ealey scored a school record five rushing touchdowns Saturday night in Lexington. (Associated Press)

The Kentucky Wildcats tried to replay their favorite script Saturday, spotting their opponent several first-half scores and then clawing their way back into the game in the second half on the arm of quarterback Mike Hartline. But Georgia’s Bulldogs departed from the script, relying on a 157-yard, five-touchdown performance by Washaun Ealey and winning the take-away battle for a third consecutive win.

Ealey’s five TDs tied a Georgia record for a back held by Robert Edwards, and Ealey’s were all rushes while one of Edwards’ was a catch, so Washaun claimed his own spot in the record book.

Georgia mostly played it conservative in Lexington, at times looking almost like Dooleyball against a Kentucky defense that ranked next to worst in the conference against the run. Aaron Murray threw only a dozen times, completing nine for 113 yards, and at times in the second half it seemed Georgia had forgotten all about its air game.

On the other side of the ball, the Dogs seemed to spend most of the game in a soft zone that allowed Hartline to short-pass almost at will, completing 27 of 43 for 355 yards and four touchdowns. He victimized Vance Cuff on three of them.

Georgia’s D again had trouble getting off the field, with Kentucky converting on 10 of 16 third-down attempts (mostly on third-and-long) and two of four fourth down tries.

Georgia, for the third consecutive game, had no turnovers (wow, that’s fun to write!) while the Cats turned it over four times, three of them take-aways by the Dogs and one a nicely wrapped gift fumble deep in their own territory.

That proved to be the difference, as Georgia eliminated Kentucky from the crowded SEC East race and set up a showdown next week in Jacksonville against the Gators.

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Delware Dawg

October 23rd, 2010
11:32 pm

Go dawgs! Beat Florida next!

Delware Dawg

October 23rd, 2010
11:33 pm

Nice to see them pound the rock!

Winston Wolfe

October 23rd, 2010
11:38 pm

I’ll take the win, but if this secondary keeps playin like tonight, Aub and Fla are gonna light us up.

just a fan

October 23rd, 2010
11:39 pm

Go Dawgs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

just a fan

October 23rd, 2010
11:41 pm

Not so sure florduh will light us up they haven’t lit anyone up this year but we do need to get cuff out of there after tonights performance

Big D

October 23rd, 2010
11:42 pm

Justin Houston is a baller.

I couldn’t help but think of NY Giant’s LT while watching this guy play, just single-handedly dominated this game. High 1st round NFL draft pick eventually.

DawgVoiceofReason

October 23rd, 2010
11:45 pm

This was a very nice win but now we will see against Florida if the last 3 weeks have just been a nice little run or whether it meant something. It is time to BEAT the Gators!

Go Dawgs

Dawg Day

October 23rd, 2010
11:50 pm

Clemp-sun BEATS THE CRAP OUT OF Tech…..

The Dawgs BEAT THE CRAP OUT OF the cats……

Dad Gum!!! That IS A FINE DAY!!!!!!!!

Dawg Day

October 23rd, 2010
11:51 pm

BEAT THE GATORS!!!!!!!!

DawgVoiceofReason

October 23rd, 2010
11:53 pm

In regards to the SEC East, as Larry would say, “Do you realize we’re in this thing?!” Now, we definitely still need some help, but we at least have put ourselves in position to have a shot.

Dawg Day

October 23rd, 2010
11:53 pm

Coach Grantham:…..

WAKE UP YOUR SECONDARY!!!!

C’MON MAN!!!!!

CigarDawg

October 23rd, 2010
11:53 pm

I pray Ealey is fine after those two weird-angle tackles late in the game. I also hope the Dawgs are healthy next week and able to put together a full 60-minute game against a rested Gator team.

Frank Lane

October 23rd, 2010
11:54 pm

The plot has definitely thickened.

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aint conVinceD

October 23rd, 2010
11:55 pm

Dawgs must win two and SC must lose two…. aint gonna happen. Get off the Kool Aid please !

Helmand Dawg

October 24th, 2010
12:03 am

Do they still have the horse races at Keeneland? What a great roadtrip to take in late Oct. Wish I could have been there. Go Dawgs. GATA

Big D

October 24th, 2010
12:05 am

Dent had 15 tackles, 12 solo, superb technique.

Houston had 3 sacks, and a fumble recovery.

Sanders Commings receovered a fumble, and had an interception.

Defense had a nice stop on 4th and 1.

Boykin shut down Randall Cobb–just dominated Cobb.

Gratefuldawghead

October 24th, 2010
12:05 am

How Bout Them DAWGS!

gougadawgs80

October 24th, 2010
12:14 am

GO DAWGS, worried to see how we’ll play against a well rested Florida team. You know Urban Meyer will have his team ready to play.

damngooddawg!

October 24th, 2010
12:15 am

Glad to get the win at Ky homecoming, no less. Our DBs are the worst in the league. Vance Cuff is the worst of the worst. To paraphrase, “You can’t fix Untalented”.

Big D

October 24th, 2010
12:19 am

Boykin had an amazing day.

Shut down Randall Cobb.

Returned, yet another kick off, 100 yards for a td.

Baller.

Steve

October 24th, 2010
12:19 am

UGA VIII has made all the difference. WOOF WOOF WOOF!

Big D

October 24th, 2010
12:21 am

D-Line really shut down Kentucky’s rushing game. Held them under 75 yards rushing on the day. Garner did an excellent job coaching D-Line up for this game.

Big D

October 24th, 2010
12:22 am

Punts from Butler were big. Hang time, 1 punt took 10 seconds off the clock right before half-time, great punting job.

ca dawg

October 24th, 2010
12:23 am

good post, big D: dent, houston, and boykin all played stellar games, and commings had his moments.

cuff played a terrible game. but i think the sweet willie style defensive strategy was a function of the 28-3 lead we had. i think if the game were tighter the coverages would have been different. very glad that murray only had to throw it 13 times. i loved to get the win and i loved how we came right out and put our foot on their throat. if there were questions going into lexington, there aren’t anymore: we’re winning games because we’ve improved, not because we’re playing inferior teams. however i am little concerned with:

1) 3rd down defense. again, it was terrible. gotta get off the field.
2) the kicking game. the missed XP and short field goal are very alarming.

here come those gators, rested and ready. we’re pretty healthy, though, and will get king back. hopefully branden smith will be ready, because cuff looked pretty terrible tonight.

Big D

October 24th, 2010
12:24 am

Can’t say enough about Ealey. He’s on fire. 5 td’s–when the team hands him the ball 20 times, Ealey always takes the team on his back, bust 100 yards, and Georgia always wins when Ealey gets 100 yards.

Ealey looked like his ole EC self out there, racking up td’s like the old days in high school.

Ealey had great ball protection technique.

Came back in and played after some vicious tackles. Tough.

Baller.

Big D

October 24th, 2010
12:27 am

Have a feeling Cuff won’t be playing much against Florida. Look for a whole lot of Commings and Boykin, and yep, Branden Smith should be back too. Cuff really got burned time after time, it seemed like Kentucky went after him every tme they saw him in there. Cuff also dropped an easy interception in the end zone.

bardawg

October 24th, 2010
12:33 am

Damn it ,, we’ve just got to ask ourselves,w hat happened to us dring that four game stretch where we just got SO embarresed. This is a totally different team that wore the G in th oval. The way they played tonight, I think we’ve actually got a legitimate chance of ( dare I say ) of running the table. p.s. forgive the spelling & grammer ,I’ve been in a most celubreous mood tonite GO DAWGS/ GATA&vSic’em

azdawg

October 24th, 2010
12:33 am

They should let cuff watch and not play. Take away the 4 TO’s and thjis game probably another loss due to the soft zone and giving up 3rd and long too many times. GA got lucky and thats what most likely resulted in a W. The joy of winning cannot erase the pain watching granthem let KY receivers run wild.

FL is rested and licking their chops. Don’t think they won’t be ready. We play D like we did tonight and its another loss to FL. Like one blogger said I’d like to see GA play D to win and not like they’re playing not to lose.

uga_fan39

October 24th, 2010
12:34 am

Pass defense is horrible. Cuff and Rambo both look lost in pass coverage. Both have been burnt constantly this year. Hopefully Branden Smith will be back next week to help out with that. Commings looks good though. Hopefully we can get Ogletree in there to replace Rambo..

uga_fan39

October 24th, 2010
12:37 am

Not looking forward to playing UF off a bye week. They have too long to prepare, they’re gonna be rested and well coached. Licking their chops at our pass defense

rincon dawg

October 24th, 2010
12:38 am

secondary was terrible cuff was burned all night. safetys were no where to be found. Florida will not give the game away like the cats did. still worried about saturday.

Big D

October 24th, 2010
12:40 am

Why was Grantham blitzing with a big lead? Left the DB’s vulnerable. Was unnecessary risk. Should have dropped a bunch of guys back into coverage, made Kentucky throw it 5 yards a play. Most of the big plays Cuff gave up were bad coaching calls–most were on all out blitzes when only 3 defenders were back deep. Kentucky had a hard time when Georgia dropped tons of defenders into pass coverage.

rincon dawg

October 24th, 2010
12:41 am

front seven got it going on but the secondary is weak so I dont know what to expect this week. I know UF does not throw it down the field but I have a feeling they will. We won this game yes but we got beat also. We got exposed again.

ca dawg

October 24th, 2010
1:02 am

where you at, bulldog joe? everyone who thought UK would roll… where are you guys? great win for the dawgs tonight. but…

i’ve got concerns about next week. UF’s gonna be ready to go, and we’ve got to play our best game if we want to beat them. what we did tonight won’t cut it. no gimmicks, no dancing, no black helmets… just blocking, tackling, running and throwing. we can do it, though: GO DAWGS!

Big D

October 24th, 2010
1:11 am

Kentucky is a good solid team. Beat SC, who beat Alabama. Also took Auburn close at 37-34.

Big, big win for Georgia against a very solid team.

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Statesborodawg13

October 24th, 2010
2:11 am

Fantastic job, Ealey! Great ball protection, great downhill hard running, great finding holes.

You carried the Dawgs tonite, made the $24.99 I spent on PPV worth every penny. Keep it up!

Go Dawgs, beat the Gators.

PowerDawg

October 24th, 2010
2:15 am

What is up with a lot of you guys? It seems the “what have you done for me lately” club just grows every week! Rambo has some coverage issues but overall he is a solid defender and tackles well. Shawn Williams is better than Hamilton for sure but Ogletree is playing more amd more and will eventually take over the starting spot next to Williams. Rambo will make a better nickle player due to his tackling skills. But give Rambo some love, ya’ll. He has played his heart out for the Dawgs this year.

True statement that Cuff needs to be replaced and when the film is broken down, believe me, he will be. Boykin and Commings will be starting in Jax. BS may be back, but he has had two concussions already this season and could be very vulnerable to future injury. His health is first priority here. I say sit him at least another week if possible and limit him against Idaho St. Then he can be full strength against Awfulburn and the North Ave charm school.

Ealey will be fine. He never even went to the treatment table for Courson to take a closer look. He’ll be good to go Saturday.

A couple a final thoughts…If we pressure Brantley like we are capable of doing, he won’t light up anybody. His OL has trouble keeping him upright and his center can barely get him the snap sometimes…PRESSURE is what we need to neutralize him. Same with Cammie Fig Newton…he IS the AU offense. If we can stop him or limit the damage he can do, they don’t have another player that strikes fear in anyone. Newton is easily 95% of Auburn’s offense. Cut off the head of the monster and the body just flops around a lot! If LSwho had any semblance of a passing game, they would have beaten Auburn, and that, my friends is a fact.

haters are skaters

October 24th, 2010
3:42 am

Big D, you strike me as a guy who always finds something to complain about. The georgia D did fine. They ran a lot of blitzes tonight, which is something they haven’t done all season. Just something more for the gators to have to prepare for.

The gators have a lot of problems on offense. It’s a good thing to give them even more to have to prepare for. Confuse a confused team.

Ted Striker

October 24th, 2010
6:40 am

Nice column, Bill.

Spike

October 24th, 2010
7:10 am

Good victory over a tough team. Recall last year? Houston is a beast. Our run defense looks solid as does the pass rush. Boy, that secondary looks lost and can’t tackle. Especially Vance Cuff.

Sopwith Camel

October 24th, 2010
7:15 am

We’ll take the win for sure. Just have to get a secondary before next week. And am wondering what is going on with Walsh. Is it a total of three field goals he has missed this season and now an extra point which was unheard of before now. Somebody talk to that boy!

larry

October 24th, 2010
8:11 am

A defense wins or loses as a unit. Despite some great effort from the line, our secondary is the worst in the country. With Bobo’s truly lousy offensive play calling, our defense is going get us embarassed in the coming weeks.

BoWeevil

October 24th, 2010
8:24 am

Not sure how

“OFFICIAL”

it is what with us having beat no good team

and, the loss to losing record Colorado who lost again

in your statement that we have had a midseason turn-around

unless of course, you mean not continuing to lose to lousy teams

we have a game coming up vs 8-0 Heisman Cam Newton Auburn

and that is the only test we have to see if we can beat a real team

Florida has an excellent defense, but FL Total Offense is # 89

in case you missed it Bill King, we haven’t beat anyone.

JaxDAWG

October 24th, 2010
8:32 am

I look for the gay-tors to play more trey burton this week with Rainey and Demps most likley back.especally after having a extra week to prepare.I hate the gay-tors more than anyone, but it seems they always play their best game of the season agianst us. the dawgs need to have their ears pinned back in this one .i wish we could put 50 on them, but would be very happy with a 1 pt. win.GO DAWGS!!!!

Snake Doc

October 24th, 2010
8:33 am

This is a nice win, nothing more, nothing less. UGA beat a team they should beat.

Best part of my day, the little trade school getting their arse’s handed to them. hahahahahahaha

BoWeevil

October 24th, 2010
8:38 am

13 points against Climpson Farmers

chazzo

October 24th, 2010
8:47 am

Drew Butler deserves a lot of credit for that W. He set up the fumble on the five, and the D caused the other three. Turnovers and opportunities were created. Enough with the gifts stuff… The D looks better fundamentally, makes more plays, and is more aggressive. A more aggressive D is going to give up a big play now and again. That being said, third and long is just atrocious.

UF will bring their A game Saturday. The Dawgs had better do the same.

Bulldog Joe

October 24th, 2010
8:49 am

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39 percent pass completions for Heisman Trophy Josh Nesbitt

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