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Magill: UGA holds big lead in series

Kentucky whipped Georgia 34-27 in Athens last year, staging a big rally in the second half.

The Bulldogs led 20-6 at the half, and still were ahead, 27-20, at the end of the third quarter.

Georgia won 42-38 in Lexington in 2008. Freshman A.J. Green scored on an 11-yard pass from junior Matthew Stafford, and sophomore fullback Shaun Chapas also scored on another 11-yard pass from Stafford.

Freshman Blair Walsh was 6-for-6 on extra points.

In Sanford Stadium last year, Walsh kicked two field goals (21 and 45 yards) and was 3 of 3 on extra points.

Freshman Rantavious Wooten scored twice on tosses of 21 and 43 yards from senior Joe Cox. Orson Charles scored on a 21-yard pass from Cox.

The Wildcats will be favored to win tonight on the strength of their upset of No. 19 South Carolina this past week.

The Kentucky series did not start until 1939 and the first game was played in Louisville, Ky., with the Wildcats winning 12-6. Georgia, however, is well ahead in the series 49-12-2.

Incidentally, Paul “Bear” Bryant was early in his great coaching career at Kentucky in 1946 and I well remember the “Bear” bringing that team to Athens.

Both teams were undefeated. Kentucky took an early 7-0 lead, but Georgia rallied for a 28-13 victory and went on to an unbeaten season and claimed the national championship.

The Georgia stars from that season were defensive end Joe Tereshinski (father of Joe Tereshinski Jr., star center at Georgia in 1974-76) and grandfather of quarterback Joe Tereshinski III).

Georgia had a couple of solid backs, too: tailback Charley Trippi and quarterback Johnny Rauch, both All-Americans.

Bryant went on to blank Georgia two of the next three years and won the SEC title in 1950. He then moved to Texas A&M and Alabama, where he won six national titles.

Kentucky won the SEC crown in 1976 with a 5-1 record.

• Dan Magill  is a contributing columnist for the Athens Banner-Herald.  E-mail:
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