Scores

Final

Georgia 44

(4-4, 3-3 SEC)

Kentucky 31

(4-4, 1-4 SEC)

Coverage: GamePlan

7:30 PM ET, October 23, 2010

Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington, KY

1 2 3 4 T
UGA 14 14 6 1044
UK 3 7 7 1431

Top Performers

Passing: M. Hartline (UK) - 353 YDS, 4 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: W. Ealey (JVST) - 28 CAR, 157 YDS, 5 TD

Receiving: L. King (UK) - 3 REC, 88 YDS, 2 TD

Washaun Ealey's school-record 5 rushing TDs power Georgia

Associated Press

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Washaun Ealey set a school record with five rushing touchdowns as surging Georgia pounded Kentucky 44-31 on Saturday.

The Bulldogs (4-4, 3-3 SEC) forced the mistake-prone Wildcats into four turnovers -- converting them into 17 points -- to win their third straight.

Ealey finished with a season-high 157 yards on 28 carries before getting banged up late in the fourth quarter. His five rushing scores broke the school record of four, set most recently by former running back Robert Edwards in 1997. Ealey also matched Edwards' record for total touchdowns in a game set in 1995 against South Carolina.

Kentucky (4-4, 1-4) outgained Georgia 423-290 but couldn't overcome another shaky first half. Mike Hartline threw for 353 yards and four touchdowns but Kentucky's mistakes often set the Bulldogs up with a short field.

Only once did the Bulldogs start a touchdown drive on their side of midfield. They didn't have to as the Wildcats kept finding ways to self-destruct.

Three of Kentucky's four turnovers came in its own territory, and early gambles on fourth down and an onside kick didn't work.

Instead, they turned into points for the quickly improving Bulldogs, who are averaging 42.6 points during their current three-game run. Georgia plays rival Florida in Jacksonville next week.

Freshman quarterback Aaron Murray was a pedestrian 9-of-12 for 113 yards and no touchdowns for Georgia, but didn't turn it over either. It was too easy to hand the ball off to Ealey, who gashed the Wildcats with regularity.

Ealey had plenty of help. Cornerback/kick returner Brandon Boykins tied an SEC record with the fourth kickoff return for a touchdown in his career as the Bulldogs built an 18-point halftime lead and cruised.

Kentucky coach Joker Phillips joked earlier in the week he was considering giving his players orange slices as a pregame meal in hopes of convincing their bodies that it was halftime following a series of lethargic first-half performances that forced the Wildcats to play catchup.

If he did, it didn't work.

For the third straight week, the Wildcats dug themselves into a massive hole behind a series of miscues.

Hartline fumbled on the game's third play, and Ealey scored his first touchdown four plays later. The Wildcats responded with a 41-yard field goal, but Boykins needed all of 17 seconds to take the momentum back.

The junior took the ensuing kickoff at the goalline, raced straight up the field before bouncing to the outside and zipping 100 yards for a touchdown. The score was Boykins' fourth career kickoff return for a touchdown, tying an SEC record shared by former Tennessee star Willie Gault and former Arkansas star Felix Jones.

Kentucky's charity was just beginning. Hartline was stuffed on fourth down at the Kentucky 38 and the Bulldogs quickly made it 21-3 on a 2-yard plunge by Ealey. Sophomore running back Donald Russell then mishandled a pitch coming out of the end zone and the Bulldogs recovered at the Kentucky 5.

Ealey scored again three plays later, and the rout was on as the Bulldogs did what South Carolina couldn't do a week ago: put the Wildcats away.

He capped Georgia's only sustained touchdown drive of the night -- 70 yards in seven plays -- with a 1-yard dive on the opening possession of the second half to boost Georgia's lead to 35-10.

The teams traded scores from there, as Georgia took another step toward putting a nightmarish four-game losing streak earlier this season firmly in its rearview mirror.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UGA
UK
1st Downs1322
Total Yards290423
Passing113353
Rushing17770
Penalties4-283-21
3rd Down Conversions5-109-15
4th Down Conversions0-02-4
Turnovers14
Possession27:5532:05

Passing Leaders

GeorgiaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Murray9/121139.400
KentuckyC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hartline27/433538.241

Rushing Leaders

GeorgiaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ealey281575.6541
Thomas6122.007
KentuckyCARYDSAVGTDLG
Sanders16794.9021
Russell7131.904

Receiving Leaders

GeorgiaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Green68614.3034
Wooten2157.508
KentuckyRECYDSAVGTDLG
King38829.3235
Matthews48320.8139

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUGAUK
TD11:57Washaun Ealey 3 Yd Run (Blair Walsh Kick) 70
FG05:14Craig McIntosh 41 Yd 73
TD04:57Brandon Boykin 100 Yd Kickoff Return (Blair Walsh Kick) 143
SECOND QUARTERUGAUK
TD13:04Washaun Ealey 2 Yd Run (Blair Walsh Kick) 213
TD06:47Washaun Ealey 2 Yd Run (Blair Walsh Kick) 283
TD01:09La'Rod King 35 Yd Pass From Mike Hartline (Craig Mcintosh Kick) 2810
THIRD QUARTERUGAUK
TD11:05Washaun Ealey 2 Yd Run (Pat Failed) 3410
TD00:41La'Rod King 22 Yd Pass From Mike Hartline (Craig Mcintosh Kick) 3417
FOURTH QUARTERUGAUK
TD13:53Washaun Ealey 1 Yd Run (Blair Walsh Kick) 4117
TD10:52Chris Matthews 39 Yd Pass From Mike Hartline (Randall Cobb Pass To Matt Roark For Two-Point Conversion) 4125
FG02:47Blair Walsh 30 Yd 4425
TD01:23Raymond Sanders 9 Yd Pass From Mike Hartline (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 4431

Research Notes

UGA RB Washaun Ealey has scored 5 touchdowns today on runs of 1,1,2,3, and 3 yards. His 5 TD ties a UGA record for TDs scored in a game.
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