LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Georgia quarterback David Greene continues
to win football games, and continues to avoid throwing
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
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
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
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."
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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
"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."