No. 6 Ge­or­gia tops No. 11 Ken­tucky to clinch SEC East

♦ Bull­dogs are SEC East Champs again

The Standard Journal - - SPORTS - By Steve Me­gargee AP Sports Writer GE­OR­GIA

LEX­ING­TON, Ky. — D’An­dre Swift ran for a ca­reer-high 156 yards and two touch­downs on 16 car­ries against Ken­tucky’s vaunted de­fense and No. 6 Ge­or­gia beat the No. 11 Wild­cats 34-17 last Satur­day to wrap up its sec­ond straight South­east­ern Con­fer­ence East­ern Di­vi­sion ti­tle.

Swift had an 83-yard break­away in the third quar­ter that gave Ge­or­gia (8-1, 6-1, No. 6 Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off) a 28-3 lead. He also had a nifty 20-yard scor­ing run in the sec­ond pe­riod when the game was close.

Eli­jah Holy­field ran for a ca­reer-high 115 yards on 18 car­ries, scor­ing on a 4-yarder in the third quar­ter.

Ge­or­gia rushed for a sea­son-high 331 yards to earn a spot in the SEC cham­pi­onship game Dec. 1 in At­lanta. Ken­tucky (7-2, 5-2, No. 9 CFP) has never reached the SEC cham­pi­onship game, which has been played ev­ery year since 1992.

Ken­tucky en­tered the week­end with the na­tion’s top scor­ing de­fense and hadn’t al­lowed any­one to ex­ceed 20 points all year, but it couldn’t slow down Ge­or­gia’s tan­dem of Swift and Holy­field.

Be­fore Satur­day’s game, the only player to rush for as many as 75 yards against Ken­tucky was Texas A&M’s Trayveon Wil­liams, who ran for 138 yards in a

20-14 over­time vic­tory over the Wild­cats. Swift and Holy­field were both over the 100-yard mark by the end of the third quar­ter.

Ken­tucky dom­i­nated time of pos­ses­sion through the first 1 1/2 quar­ters, but still trailed 7-3. That’s when Swift started to give the Bull­dogs some breath­ing room.

With Ge­or­gia fac­ing sec­ond-and-17, Swift made a move around a de­fender at the line of scrim­mage, made an­other move be­tween two Wild­cats about five yards down­field and shed a tackle in­side the 5 to com­plete a re­mark­able 20-yard touch­down run.

Swift’s touch­down gave Ge­or­gia a 14-3 late in the sec­ond quar­ter. Ge­or­gia fum­bled away a scor­ing op­por­tu­nity late in the first half but got the ball to open the sec­ond half and ex­tended the lead to 21-3 on Holy­field’s touch­down.

On Ge­or­gia’s next se­ries, Smith raced through a big hole on the left side of the line and didn’t ap­pear to get touched on his 87-yard sprint to the end zone. Be­fore that play, Ken­tucky hadn’t al­lowed a run from scrim­mage longer than 34 yards all sea­son.

/ AP-Bryan Wool­ston

Ge­or­gia run­ning back D’An­dre Swift runs with the ball dur­ing Satur­day’s game against Ken­tucky in Lex­ing­ton, Ky.

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