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2016 Liberty Bowl

SPECIAL THANKS BOWL HISTORY HONORS 86 | 58th AutoZone Liberty Bowl TCU GEORGIA BOWL EVENTS WELCOME GAME 9: Georgia 27, Kentucky 24 TNov. 5 | Lexington, KY he Georgia Bulldogs mounted a fourth quarter comeback to defeat the Kentucky Wildcats 27-24 on a 25-yard field goal by Rodrigo Blankenship as the time expired in front of a SEC Network televised audience and a crowd of 62,507 at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington. Georgia started the game-winning drive on its own 25-yard line with 2:27 left in the game after Kentucky hit a game-tying field goal to notch it at 24-all. Bulldog freshman quarterback Jacob Eason orchestrated the nine-play 67-yard drive by going 4-of-4 passing for 42 yards. Junior tailback Sony Michel added 22 yards on three carries. At the 9:13 mark in the fourth quarter, Georgia seized the first lead since the opening touchdown when junior tailback Sony Michel dived to the pylon for a 26-yard touchdown run to make it 22- 21. Eason found freshman tight end Isaac Nauta for the two-point conversion to make it a 24-21 advantage. The Georgia defense then halted the Wildcats’ offense at the goal line resulting in the game-tying field goal. Eason went 17-for-31 with 245 yards and one touchdown through the air. The Georgia ground attack was led by junior tailback Sony Michel with 127 yards, while junior wide receiver Javon Wims headed the receiving core with five catches for 90 yards, all career-highs. Wims also recorded a career-long reception in the second quarter as the 51-yard catch set up a field goal. The Bulldogs’ offense amassed 460 yards including 245 in the aerial attack and 215 on the ground. Freshman defensive lineman Julian Rochester and junior linebacker Reggie Carter led the defense with eight tackles apiece en route to holding the Wildcats’ offense to 308 yards. Rochester also notched his first-career sack and forced fumble. Sophomore cornerback Deandre Baker snatched his first-career interception in the third quarter. RODRIGO BLANKENSHIP CONNECTED ON A 25-YARD FIELD GOAL AS TIME EXPIRED TO WIN THE GAME FOR GEORGIA.


2016 Liberty Bowl
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