12:30 PM ET, November 6, 2004
Commonwealth Stadium, LEXINGTON, KY
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Georgia quarterback David Greene continues to win football games, and continues to avoid throwing interceptions.
Greene passed for 259 yards on Saturday and set a NCAA Division I record with his 40th win as Georgia (No. 5 ESPN/USA Today, No. 8 AP) routed Kentucky 62-17.
Georgia (8-1, 6-1 Southeastern Conference) prepped for its upcoming showdown with No. 3 Auburn by scoring on six consecutive possessions against the Wildcats (1-8, 0-6), who have lost seven straight.
Freshman tailback Thomas Brown rushed for a career-high 130 yards and had three short touchdown runs for Georgia, which won its fourth straight game since its only loss, to Tennessee. The Bulldogs finished with a season-high 589 yards of total offense.
The Bulldogs' point total was their highest since a 70-6 rout of Northeast Louisiana in 1994 and their best against a SEC opponent since beating Vanderbilt 62-35 in 1984.
"It's good to start matching up points with the yards that you gain," Georgia coach Mark Richt said.
Greene is 40-9 as a starting quarterback, breaking former Tennessee standout Peyton Manning's Div. I-A record for career wins. In four wins over Kentucky, Greene has passed for 1,163 yards and eight touchdowns, including one on Saturday.
"He's a leader," Georgia receiver Fred Gibson said of Greene. "Things don't get done unless he starts them, and he is the commander of an army. He keeps everyone calm during tight situations."
Greene said the wins record means a lot, but later said that it's a byproduct of the team's effort.
"We've just been executing good the last month and we've just got to keep it up," Greene said. "There's so much unfinished business, I never think about (breaking records)."
Greene set two other records Saturday. He completed 14 of 19 passes, including a touchdown, to run his streak of consecutive passes without an interception to 206. That broke the SEC mark of 200 set in 1997 by Stewart Patridge of Mississippi. Fresno State's Trent Dilfer holds the Div. I-A record of 271.
Greene's touchdown pass, a 1-yarder to Leonard Pope, was the 68th of his career, breaking the school record he had shared with Eric Zeier.
Gibson (129 yards) and Pope (91 yards) each caught five passes for Georgia. Sean Bailey caught touchdown passes of 35 and 2 yards from backup quarterback D.J. Shockley.
"There were a whole lot of opportunities out there today," Gibson said. "They had us in man-to-man coverage. We were in position to make plays and we made them."
|Most wins as starting QB|
Kentucky played without senior safety Mike Williams, who was suspended for the season on Friday for an undisclosed violation of team rules. That limited the options for a defense already thinned by injuries.
"We obviously couldn't run with their receivers," Kentucky coach Rich Brooks said. "They just ran by us."
After a sluggish first quarter, Georgia methodically built its lead to 34-3 early in the third quarter and weathered a brief rally by the Wildcats, who pulled within 34-17.
Greene and Brown re-entered the game at that point and led a 71-yard touchdown drive, capped by a 4-yard scoring run by Brown. He earlier scored on runs of 1 and 2 yards.
Kentucky's backup quarterback, Andre Woodson, led all three of the Wildcats' scoring drives and completed 17 of 26 passes for 206 yards. Freshman tailback Rafael Little caught six passes for 106 yards, including a 52-yard touchdown on a screen play.
Georgia's 62 points were the most by a Kentucky opponent in regulation since LSU beat the Wildcats 63-28 near the end of the 1997 season. Arkansas scored 71 against Kentucky in a seven-overtime game last season.
Kentucky hadn't lost a home game to a SEC team by such a wide margin since 1993, when the Wildcats fell 48-0 to Tennessee.
"I still can't envision how this game got away from us the way it did," Brooks said. "It cascaded down."
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||8-14||3-14|
|4th Down Conversions||2-2||1-2|
|FG||2:57||ANDY BAILEY 46 YD FG|
Drive info: 4 plays, -8 yards.
|TD||11:46||LEONARD POPE 1 YD PASS FROM DAVID GREENE (ANDY BAILEY KICK)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 87 yards.
|FG||5:32||ANDY BAILEY 23 YD FG|
Drive info: 8 plays, 57 yards.
|TD||1:21||THOMAS BROWN 1 YD RUN (ANDY BAILEY KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 43 yards.
|FG||0:00||TAYLOR BEGLEY 36 YD FG|
Drive info: 8 plays, 63 yards.
|TD||13:26||THOMAS BROWN 2 YD RUN (ANDY BAILEY KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||11:24||SEAN BAILEY 35 YD PASS FROM D.J. SHOCKLEY (ANDY BAILEY KICK)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 64 yards.
|TD||10:17||RAFAEL LITTLE 52 YD PASS FROM ANDRE' WOODSON (TAYLOR BEGLEY KICK)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 72 yards.
|TD||2:42||RONALD (ROCK) JOHNSON 4 YD RUN (TAYLOR BEGLEY KICK)|
Drive info: 11 plays, 47 yards.
|TD||13:44||THOMAS BROWN 4 YD RUN (ANDY BAILEY KICK)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 71 yards.
|TD||6:18||SEAN BAILEY 2 YD PASS FROM D.J. SHOCKLEY (ANDY BAILEY KICK)|
Drive info: 12 plays, 97 yards.
|TD||5:18||MICHAEL COOPER 8 YD RUN (ANDY BAILEY KICK)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 8 yards.
|TD||2:00||TONY MILTON 2 YD RUN (ANDY BAILEY KICK)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 2 yards.