Here’s the good news: UK head coach Joker Phillips has finally seen his list of injured players stay the same. No new injuries reported so far.
Here’s the bad news: still on the injured list is Patrick Towles, who replaced injured starter Maxwell Smith. Towles is recovering from a high ankle sprain. He’s doubtful for Saturday’s game.
Here’s some worse news: UK (1-6, 0-4 in SEC) hosts 13th-ranked Georgia (5-1, 3-1 in SEC) Saturday and the Bulldogs are angry after suffering their first loss of the season October 6th against 6th-ranked South Carolina, 35-7. And, oh yeah, it’s Homecoming at Commonwealth Stadium. Kentucky has only beaten Georgia 12 times (and tied twice) in 65 meetings.
It’s difficult to find very much positivity after Kentucky’s disastrous performance against Arkansas last weekend. UK allowed Razorback quarterback Tyler Wilson to throw a career-high five touchdowns in a game that was called in the third quarter because of severe weather. The 49-7 loss not only squashed any hopes of salvaging an already rough season, but that loss may have sealed Phillips’ fate (if it hadn’t been sealed already).
UK’s young and injury-depleted defense is likely in for another long night. While South Carolina held the Bulldogs to 7 points in their last game, Georgia has scored, 45, 41, 56, 48 and 51 points in their previous outings. UGA junior quarterback Aaron Murray is fourth in passing in the SEC with 12 touchdowns and nearly 1500 yards in the air so far this season. UK is last in the league in total defense.
Saturday’s game is live on FSN South at 7pm. Former UK great Tim Couch is the color commentator for the game. Couch was on the UK team beat Georgia in 1996. His head coach at the time was Bill Curry, whose firing was announced after a 1-6 start to the season.
I throw in that confluence of coincidence free of charge.
I’ll add this bit of positive history: in 2006, Kentucky beat Georgia (in a Homecoming game at Commonwealth, no less) 24-20…which was their first win over the Bulldogs since that aforementioned 1996 game.
Since that game, Georgia has won 4 of the last 5 meetings.
Photo courtesy: UKAthletics.com