Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Bilo's Quick Gator Bowl Recap

Georgia Tech 33, Kentucky 18

Georgia Tech started the game off with an early defensive score, and then jumped out to a 20-3 lead at the half to hold off Kentucky in Jacksonville. Tech finished the season by winning 6 of 7 and 4 straight, while Kentucky fell short of their first 8 win season since 2007.
Dedrick Mills had a huge performance, his best by far this season, by rushing for 169 yards on 31 carries for Georgia Tech.
This was the Yellow Jackets' 19th bowl appearance over the last 20 seasons, and move them to 12-7-1 all-time against Kentucky, including 5 of their last 6 against the Wildcats. Georgia Tech is now 4-4 all-time in the Gator Bowl. Kentucky is now 0-1 in the bowl.
Kentucky scored 15 of their 18 points all in the 4th quarter in the loss, Stephen Johnson passed for 175 yards, and rushed for 49 more for the Cats.
Harrison Butker was 4/4 on FG attempts for the Yellow Jackets.
Georgia Tech is now 25-19 all-time in bowls, while Kentucky fell to 8-8. This was Kentucky's first bowl since 2010.
Tech rushed for 266 yards, Kentucky ran for 149 on 36 carries.
10 different UK receivers caught passes, while just 3 receivers caught passes for Georgia Tech.
Ryan Rowdell averaged just 25.3 yards per punt for Georgia Tech, but Grant McKinniss averaged just 25.5. This was one of the worst combined punting efforts in bowl history.
Kentucky did not return a single kick in the loss.

2017 Openers: Georgia Tech vs. Tennessee (9/4); Kentucky at Southern Mississippi (9/2)

Editors Note: The Gator Bowl is now called the Taxslayer Bowl, but being that Taxslayer (whomever they might be), does not pay any of my bills, I will still refer to it as the Gator Bowl. 

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