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Georgia Football: Mark Richt pleased to get away with SEC road win

Unimpressive it was at times, Georgia still managed a road SEC win Saturday, and head coach Mark Richt was happy for it.

Andy Lyons

Yes, it was the Georgia Bulldogs traveling to the Kentucky Wildcats, a team that entered play Saturday with one win and a plethora of injuries to boot.

Yet the Bulldogs had to fight for a 29-24 win in Lexington, Ky.

Georgia head coach Mark Richt didn't see Kentucky in the way of a slighter opponent, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

"It's great to be able to go on the road in the SEC and get the win. I think Kentucky did a fantastic job tonight. My hat's off to coach (Joker) Phillips and his team."

The Wildcats struck first in the game—scoring their first first-quarter touchdown since Nov. 27, 2010 -- and led as late as 17-16 well into the third quarter.

But Georgia, behind the strength of quarterback Aaron Murray's arm that threw for 427 yards, was able to get over the hump and finally put Kentucky away. A fourth-quarter touchdown gave Georgia its biggest lead at 29-17. Kentucky scored a touchdown with about four minutes left, but a failed onside-kick attempt allowed Georgia to run out the clock.

Wide receiver Tavarres King, who had nine receptions for 188 yards and two touchdowns, shared Richt's sentiment. Again according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

"It was big. It was huge. Any time you go on the road in the SEC, you know it's going to be tough no matter who you're playing. So it's huge. It's a big win for us."

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.