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Georgia starts strong, but Kentucky clawing back

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After losing the previous week in Jacksonville to Florida, Georgia got off on the right foot on the road this afternoon at Kentucky. Isaiah McKenzie returned the game’s opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown, and the Bulldogs have been off and running since. But Kentucky is not ready to pack it in just yet. Georgia leads Kentucky 35-24 at the half in Lexington.

Georgia jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter, with a Hutson Mason touchdown pass to Chris Conley and a Nick Chubb touchdown run for a pair of red zone scores. Georgia’s offense has had no problems with Kentucky’s defense this afternoon, already over 300 yards of offense in the first half. The Bulldogs also went four-for-four on third down conversion attempts in the first half. Chubb has already turned in over 100 rushing yards today and Conley has scored twice. Mason has three touchdowns to go with his accurate passing in the first half.

Kentucky has shown some punch though, even if the defense cannot make a stop. Stanley Williams has rushed five times for 87 yards (boosted by a 56-yard run for a touchdown. Braylon Heard has carried the football 10 times for 29 yards and the Wildcats have picked up a pair of first downs on fourth down conversion attempts. Kentucky pushed forward for a late touchdown to make things a bit more interesting heading to the second half as well.

Georgia needs to find a way to slam the door shut on Kentucky, because the Wildcats do not appear to be a team that will curl up and roll over in this one.

Kentucky’s Stanley Williams not cleared to play against No. 1 Mississippi State

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The Kentucky Wildcats will face the No. 1 Mississippi State Bulldogs this afternoon without one of their most potent offensive weapons.

Freshman running back Stanley Williams suffered a concussion last Saturday against the LSU Tigers. He didn’t return to the game nor did he practice all week.

Williams announced on twitter that he won’t be available for today’s contest:

The 5-9, 200-pound running back was third on the team with 222 rushing yards. The talented freshman averaged 7.4 yards each time he ran the ball, though.

Williams was Kentucky’s best all-around threat. The running back already had eight catches for 90 yards this season. He is also the team’s primary kick returner and averages 30 yards per return.

With Williams out of the lineup, the Wildcats have three capable running back that already split time in the backfield. Sophomore JoJo Kemp, junior Braylon Heard and freshman Mikel Horton will continue to rotate at running back against the Bulldogs’ talented defensive front.

On special teams, sophomore cornerback J.D. Harmon is Williams’ likely replacement as the team’s top kicker returner. Harmon returned two kicks this season for 53 yards.

Anytime the No. 1 team in the country comes to town, the underdog needs all the help it can get to potentially pull off an upset. Unfortunately for Kentucky, one of the Wildcats’ most explosive players isn’t available, and they’ll have to adjust.