Interceptions elusive for UGA, Kentucky

Interceptions have been few and far between for Georgia’s defense this season, but not as few as Kentucky.

The Bulldogs are tied for 115th nationally with four, but the Wildcats are 123rd and last among FBS teams with just a single pick.

Georgia coach Mark Richt said part of the problem for the Georgia defense is the Bulldogs playing so much man-to-man coverage.

‚ÄúYou get less picks, really, in man coverage than you do zone, I think,‚Äù Richt said. ‚ÄúWhen you‚Äôre playing man, a lot of times your back is to the quarterback, you‚Äôre tracking the guy you‚Äôre covering. … It‚Äôs tougher to get picks. You get more balls broken up.‚Äù

The other part of it, he said, is Georgia needs to get more pressure on the quarterback to force bad decisions.

Adding to the woes for Kentucky is that its lone interception comes from linebacker Josh Forrest, not a member of the secondary.

“We’ve got to get our hands on some balls,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said. “I think a lot goes into that: pressure up front, blitzes getting there, trying to get bad passes. I think leads help. It’s no mystery we’re struggling to score points, so it’s just like last week (in a 22-6 loss to Vanderbilt) the difference in the game was the turnovers. They were very smart with the ball and didn’t turn it over and don’t put themselves in that situation. I think most opponents know when we’re struggling to get the ball in the end zone that it would be very careless to throw the ball up and put it in bad situations.”