Georgia runs past Kentucky, 27-3
ATHENS, Ga. -- Greyson Lambert made a successful return as Georgia's quarterback and the Bulldogs beat Kentucky 27-3 on Saturday.
Sony Michel led Georgia's productive running game with 24 carries for 165 yards and a touchdown.
Lambert was on the field for all of Georgia's scoring drives. Brice Ramsey played behind Lambert. Running back Michel and wide receiver Terry Godwin also took snaps in wildcat formations.
Godwin recovered his own fumble and then took off on a 28-yard scoring run for Georgia's first touchdown.
Michel had a 1-yard touchdown run for Georgia (6-3, 4-3 Southeastern Conference). It was an important win for coach Mark Richt, who faced increased pressure after the Bulldogs lost three of four games.
Kentucky (4-5, 2-5 SEC) was hurt by three turnovers, including Patrick Towles' two interceptions. The Wildcats managed only 180 total yards.
Towles completed only 8 of 21 passes for 96 yards with the two interceptions. Drew Barker replaced Towles in the fourth quarter.
Georgia ran for a season-high 300 yards. Keith Marshall had 13 carries for 60 yards and a 10-yard touchdown catch. Seven Georgia players had carries.
Lambert completed 6 of 13 passes for 64 yards with one touchdown.
Richt turned back to Lambert after a failed experiment with Faton Bauta, who threw four interceptions as the starter in last week's 27-3 loss to Florida.
Lambert led the Bulldogs to a 10-0 lead before Ramsey entered the game for a possession late in the opening quarter. Ramsey ran the offense for two possessions, including one that ended with a lost fumble following a catch by Isaiah McKenzie.
Then it was back to Lambert, who led two third-quarter touchdown drives as Georgia stretched its lead to 24-3.
Ramsey completed 4 of 6 passes for 26 yards.
Kentucky's only points came on a 32-yard field goal by Austin MacGinnis late in the first half. Jojo Kemp led the Wildcats with 48 yards rushing on 12 carries.
A rainy Saturday morning and the forecast for more rain contributed to several thousand empty seats.
Leading 27-3, Georgia ran the ball on a fourth-and-15 play from the Kentucky 20 with about a minute remaining instead of attempting a field goal.