Sunday, October 22, 2000

Georgia 34, Kentucky 30

Highlands grad throws for 528 yards

Enquirer news services

        LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen set a school record for passing yards. But Georgia's Cory Phillips got the victory.

        Phillips, who entered Saturday's game against Kentucky with two career completions, threw for 400 yards and four touchdowns as No.12 Georgia rallied to beat the Wildcats 34-30.

        As well as Phillips played, he was overshadowed by Lorenzen.

        The 6-foot-5, 285-pound redshirt freshman from Highlands High School, who sprained the thumb on his throwing hand Thursday and was questionable for Saturday's game, completed 39 of 58 passes for a school-record 528 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for a 10-yard score.

        Lorenzen, who also broke Tim Couch's single-game school record for to tal yards in a game, threw touchdown passes of 86 and 75 yards and had an 89-yard completion that set up the Wildcats' first score.

        “Maybe we should sprain his thumb every Thursday,” Kentucky coach Hal Mumme said. “I thought it was a courageous effort on his part.”

        Lorenzen became the SEC's all-time leading freshman passer with 2,710 yards through eight games, and his 528 passing yards were the second-highest single-game total in conference history.

        “I always knew that Tim (Couch) never threw for over 500 yards, but I didn't know I was even close until the end of the game when our stat guy told me,” Lorenzen said.

        “It's neat that now I kind of have something up on Tim.”

        Lorenzen connected with 11 different receivers.

        Phillips, subbing for the injured Quincy Carter, completed 20 of 38 passes and tossed touchdown passes of 85, 40, 27 and 15 yards in his first-ever start. The Bulldogs (6-1, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) stayed on pace with Florida and South Carolina at the top of the SEC's Eastern Division.

        Phillips' four touchdown passes tied Georgia's single- game record, held by Mike Bobo, Johnny Rauch and Eric Zeier.

        His 85-yard touchdown pass to Damien Gary was the longest at Georgia since 1989.

        “We wanted Cory to play not to lose the game, and he won it,” said Terrence Edwards, who finished with five catches for 61 yards and a 27-yard touchdown reception

        “They committed a lot of people (to stopping the run),” Georgia coach Jim Donnan said. “We just made up our mind at halftime to throw it until they stopped, and they didn't.”

        Said Phillips: “We had to take what they were giving us.”

        The Bulldogs overcame a 13-0 second-quarter deficit in a game that saw the teams combine for 1,058 yards of offense.

        Kentucky (2-6, 0-5) gained a season-high 620 yards against Georgia's defense, which entered ranked eighth in the nation giving up 268 a game.

        “This is disappointing,” Kentucky linebacker Marlon McCree said. “All I asked was that we go out and give our best effort, and we did that. We didn't win, but we played hard.”

        The Wildcats lost their fifth straight game and saw their hopes for a third consecutive bowl trip officially end. During UK's losing streak, opponents have thrown for 1,353 yards and 12 touchdowns.

        Coming in, Kentucky had not scored in six straight quarters. But it let the Bulldogs know early that they would be in for a fight.

        Following a Georgia punt downed at Kentucky's 1, Lorenzen hit tight end Derek Smith — another Highlands grad — across the middle for an 89-yard gain to the Bulldogs' 10.

        Lorenzen took the ball in on a quarterback draw on the next play to put the Wildcats up 7-0.

        Kentucky got 22-yard field goals from Seth Hanson on each of its next two possessions to take a 13-0 lead with 9:44 to play in the half.

        Georgia ....... 0 10 17 7—34 Kentucky ....... 10 3 7 10—30 First Quarter

        UK—Lorenzen 10 run (Hanson kick), 11:47.

        UK—FG Hanson 22, 1:54.

        Second Quarter

        UK—FG Hanson 22, 9:44.

        UG—FG Bennett 32, 5:19.

        UG—Gary 15 pass from Phillips (Bennett kick), 1:42.

        Third Quarter

        UK—Simms 86 pass from Lorenzen (Hanson kick), 14:31.

        UG—Brown 40 pass from Phillips (Bennett kick), 13:38.

        UG—FG Bennett 33, 7:33.

        UG—Gary 85 pass from Phillips (Bennett kick), :23.

        Fourth Quarter

        UK—McCord 75 pass from Lorenzen (Hanson kick), 14:41.

        UG—Edwards 27 pass from Phillips (Bennett kick), 12:45.

        UK—FG Hanson 37, 8:43.



        RUSHING—Georgia, Sanks 11-19, Millican 6-18, Edwards 3-11, Thornton 1-0, Brown 2-0, Phillips 1-0; Kentucky, Scott 17-56, Simms 2-24, Homer 2-14, McCord 1-1, Lorenzen 4-(minus-3).

        PASSING—Georgia, Phillips 20-38-1-400; Kentucky, Lorenzen 39-58-2-528.

        RECEIVING—Georgia, Edwards 5-61, McMichael 4-84, Gary 2-100, Robinson 2-34, Mitchell 2-32, Johnson 2-27, Brown 1-40, Rader 1-25, Millican 1-(minus-3); Kentucky, McCord 7-126, Homer 6-62, Smith 5-108, Allen 4-60, Abney 4-31, Blizzard 3-11, Scott 3-8, Simms 2-89, Harp 2-14, Brown 2-10, Kelly 1-9.

        • UK single-game passing:

        528 — Jared Lorenzen, vs. Georgia, 2000.

        499 — Tim Couch, vs. Arkansas, 1998.

        498 — Tim Couch, vs. Louisville, 1998.

        492 — Tim Couch, vs. Vanderbilt, 1998.

        • SEC single-game passing:

        544 — Eric Zeier, Georgia, 1993.

        528 — Jared Lorenzen, Kentucky, 2000.

       • SEC single-game total yards gained:

        540 - Archie Manning, Ole Miss, 1969.

        527 — Eric Zeier, Georgia, 1993.

        525 — Jared Lorenzen, Kentucky, 2000.

        521 — Whit Taylor, Vanderbilt, 1981.

        512 — Steve Taneyhill, South Carolina, 1995.

        508 — Peyton Manning, Tennessee, 1997.

        498 — Tim Couch, Kentucky, 1998.


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