Wildcat freshman quarterback Randall Cobb threw a game-clinching interception to DeMarcus Dobbs at the Georgia 13 with just 46 seconds left in the game. Although the interception cost the Wildcats a chance to win, Cobb was largely the only reason Kentucky was still in the game, as he finished with 105 yards passing, 82 yards rushing and three rushing touchdowns.
"I just couldn't believe I made that pass. I saw it was covered and I should have thrown it away, but I have to live with that mistake now," Cobb said.
With the UK offense starting to roll, it was the defense that, although it has at times been dominant this season, turned in a poor performance, allowing the Bulldogs to pile up 520 yards of total offense.
"We made a lot of mistakes as a unit defensively and I did personally as well. We are going to go back and look at this film tomorrow and see why we didn't win this football game. It was a collective effort on the defensive side as far as making mistakes," Kentucky defensive end Jeremy Jarmon said.
Those mistakes enabled the Bulldogs to stretch out to an early 14-0 lead, with a 29-yard touchdown pass from Stafford to Mohamed Massaquoi and a 6-yard touchdown run from Knowshon Moreno, who finished with 123 yards and three touchdowns, providing the early edge less than eight minutes into the game.
Kentucky countered with a Tony Dixon touchdown run with 1:14 left in the first quarter, and tied the game on Cobb's rushing touchdown with 7:15 left in the second quarter. Georgia answered right back with a Stafford touchdown pass to Shaun Chapas, and the Bulldogs headed into halftime with a 21-14 lead.
The third quarter saw Kentucky score on a Lones Seiber field goal and another touchdown run by Cobb, with Georgia's points coming on a 20-yard touchdown run by Moreno. Dixon and Moreno both scored rushing touchdowns to open the fourth quarter, and Cobb's third touchdown of the day put Kentucky ahead 38-35.
After a pair of Massaquoi fumbles halted Georgia drives, he hauled in a 78-yard pass from Stafford that set up the final Bulldog score.
The Kentucky running game finally got off the ground Saturday, as the Wildcats ran for a season-high five touchdowns and 226 yards, the most for Kentucky in an SEC game since 2002. The Wildcats finish the season with games against Vanderbilt at home Nov. 15 and at Tennessee Nov. 29.