Kentucky's offense hits a new low point in 27-3 loss to Georgia for 4th straight defeat

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ATHENS, Georgia — Kentucky's losing streak reached four games with a new offensive low point.

Coach Mark Stoops said the Wildcats need to follow the Georgia's lead and "circle the wagons."

Patrick Towles threw two interceptions as Kentucky was held to season-low totals for points and total yards in a 27-3 loss to Georgia on Saturday.

The Wildcats (4-5, 2-5 Southeastern Conference) were held to 180 total yards while committing three turnovers, including a fumble on a punt return. Kentucky was stopped on a fourth-and-2 play near midfield early in the third quarter, setting up a Georgia touchdown drive.

"That was a pretty good beating by Georgia, a very good football team that had their backs against the wall and responded way better than we did," said Kentucky coach Mark Stoops. "... It was very difficult for us to move the ball."

Towles completed only 8 of 21 passes for 96 yards with the two interceptions. Drew Barker replaced Towles in the fourth quarter.

"I thought I made good decisions today, I just didn't throw the football that well," Towles said.

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.

"We have three games left, so we just have to keep our heads up so we don't have the same results as last year," Kemp said.

Kentucky lost its last six games in 2014 to finish 5-7.

Kentucky leading rusher Stanley "Boom" Williams missed the game with an elbow injury.

Georgia (6-3, 4-3) recovered after losing three of four, including an ugly 27-3 loss to Florida last week that turned up the heat on coach Mark Richt.

"I know the character of that team," Stoops said of Georgia. "Coach Richt has been around forever. That's a prideful football team. You all just gave them a chance to circle the wagons. You know what they're all about, you knew that they were going to play good. We have to do the same thing."

Sony Michel led Georgia's productive running game with 24 carries for 165 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown run.

Richt turned back to Lambert after a failed experiment with Faton Bauta, who threw four interceptions in his first start against Florida.

Lambert was on the field for all of Georgia's scoring drives. The Virginia transfer said he has been benched "many times" before.

"Going through what I went through at Virginia kind of prepared me," he said.

Lambert completed 6 of 13 passes for 64 yards with one touchdown.

Brice Ramsey played behind Lambert.

Terry Godwin, a freshman, recovered his own fumble and then took off on a 28-yard scoring run for Georgia's first touchdown.

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.

The Bulldogs shuffled their starting offensive line. Right guard Dyson Sims made his first start, Isaiah Wynn moved from left guard to left tackle, switching spots with Kolton Houston. Sims replaced Greg Pyke, who played a backup role.

Lambert guided 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 modest 10-3 halftime lead.

Ramsey completed 4 of 6 passes for 26 yards.

A rainy Saturday morning and the forecast for more rain contributed to several thousand empty seats.

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