LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Tony Dixon's 3-yard run with a minute left
lifted Kentucky to a 24-20 comeback victory over Georgia, snapping
a nine-game losing streak against the defending Southeastern
The victory, which sent members of the Homecoming crowd pouring
onto the Commonwealth Stadium field to remove a goal post, was a
much-sought, pivotal win for coach Rich Brooks. He'd fallen short
on two other opportunities earlier this year against Florida and
Kentucky (5-4, 3-3) is now one win away from bowl eligibility.
The disappointing Bulldogs (6-4, 3-4) had already been knocked out
of contention for the SEC title after winning it three of the last
Dixon saw little action until the fourth quarter, but he
dominated the Wildcats' final drive. Even on short runs, he carried
much larger defenders for additional yardage.
Georgia had a little more than a minute left to mount a
game-winning drive, but Matthew Stafford threw his third
interception, right into the hands of Kentucky cornerback Trevard
Lindley. Stafford now has 12 interceptions this year, with four
The Bulldogs took a 20-17 lead midway through the fourth quarter
on a 3-yard scamper by Danny Ware. Kentucky could have settled for
a game-tying field goal, but got the late touchdown instead.
Kentucky won for only the 11th time in 60 meetings between the
two teams since 1939. The Wildcats' 24-17 victory in 1996 in
Lexington was their last.
After Lones Seiber kicked a 48-yard field goal to put the
Wildcats ahead 3-0, Georgia took a 14-3 lead by scoring on its
longest and shortest drives of the year only minutes apart.
Stafford culminated a 92-yard drive by finding Mario Raley in
the corner of the end zone on a nine-yard slant.
Then, after a Tra Battle interception that he nearly returned
for a score, Georgia went one yard on three plays. Fullback Brannan
Southerland plunged past the goal line.
Kentucky quarterback Andre Woodson was more successful on his
next redzone chance, throwing a strike to a closely covered Keenan
Burton in the back of the end zone to make the score 14-10.
Woodson completed 23 of 32 passes and two touchdowns -- both to
Burton. Woodson now has 20 scoring passes on the year.
Interceptions were the story of the first half as each team
picked off two passes, including the final three drives of the
Stafford, forced to start inside the Georgia one because of a
well-placed Kentucky punt, threw his first pass right into the arms
of Kentucky defender Johnny Williams.
Kentucky was only inches away from a lead then, but Woodson
couldn't capitalize. He threw another interception to Tony Taylor --
the fifth of the year for Taylor, who brought it back 52 yards,
putting the Bulldogs in prime position to add points before
Stafford led Georgia to the Kentucky two, but this time it was
Roger Williams who picked him off, keeping the Bulldogs' lead at
Kentucky, faced with the opportunity to pull within one in the
third quarter, tried a fake field goal instead, but Seiber fumbled
the ball on the trick run, giving it back to the Bulldogs.
The game was stopped for several minutes in the fourth quarter
because of an injury to Raley. He had caught a pass but fumbled it
after a hit by Kentucky's Myron Pryor.