October 19, 2010
This Saturday night CSS will televise the Georgia Kentucky game at 7:306:30 central. This series began in 1939Georgia Leads it 49-12-2but there have been many memorable games.
1946: It was the first of two meetings between the teams when both were ranked in the AP poll and wouldnt happen again till 2007. Kentucky was coached by a young man named Paul Bear Bryant. The Wildcats scored first, but Georgia would dominate the game with outstanding plays from three Georgia all time greats.Joe Tereshinskithe first of four Tereshinskis to wear the Red and Black, Johnny Rauch and the legendary Charlie Trippi, who score three TDs as Georgia won 28-13Bear Bryants record against the Dawgs while at Kentucky was 2-2.12-5 including his glory days at Alabama.
Facing Kentucky every year since 1956There have been thrilling victories, intriguing developments and some rare occurrences that makes this series more appealing than many fans realize.
Take 1987 for exampleOnly days after undergoing angioplasty, Georgia coach Vince Dooley and his Bulldogs hosted Kentucky in Athens on Homecoming.Dooleys stress level was raised when the Wildcats score on their first two possissions to take a 14-3 lead at the half. Bulldogs quarterback James Jackson was benched for Wayne Johnson who led a 51 yard drive for a touchdown behind the running of Rodney Hampton and Lars Tate. Georgia wins 17-14.
In 2000, Kentucky quarterbackman mountain Jared Lorenzen at 6-4 275 pounds, led the Wildcats offense to 620 total yards but lost the game to Georgia and back up quarterback Cory Philips, who threw for 400 yards and four TDs. Bulldogs win it 34=30.
In 2008, Georgia escaped the Commonwealth with a 42-38 win as the fans were treated to a thriller. Matthew Staffords touchdown pass to A.J. Green with 1:54 left put Georgia ahead. Then with Kentucky at the Bulldogs 18 yard line, Demarcus Dobbs intercepted a Randall Cobb screen pass with 46 seconds left to preserve the win.
Last year, Kentucky won in Athens for the first time since 1977. The Dogs took a 20-6 lead into the second half as Joe Cox threw for three TDs on the day and tight end Orson Charles had four catches and one TD. But it was the second half that belonged to the Wildcats, as Kentucky forced four Bulldog turnovers and exploded for four TDs.
So, even though Georgia has a commanding lead in the series, some of the most exciting game in either schools history have been the Dog and Cat fights in Lexington and Athens. And in case youre wondering about the back yard brawl feel to this seriesThis year alone, Kentucky has 21 players on its roster from the state of Georgia.
Our Talkin Football Crew warms you up for the game at 76 Central on our HD channels with a thirty minute analysis of the Dogs and Cats, then catch the CSS telecast of a game that can help determine the outcome of the SEC in 2010!