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Georgia routs Kentucky 59-17

Updated: Sunday, November 24 2013, 11:54 AM EST
ATHENS, GA. (AP) -- This was supposed to be the night Aaron Murray was celebrated for the toughness that helped him shine as one of the most prolific quarterbacks in SEC history.

Instead, Murray had to be carried off the field with a knee injury that coach Mark Richt said sapped much of the joy out of Georgia's lopsided win over Kentucky.

Murray threw four first-half touchdown passes before hurting his left knee, leaving backup Hutson Mason to play the second half in Georgia's 59-17 rout of Kentucky on Saturday night.

Propped up by trainers, Murray couldn't put weight on his left leg as he was taken to the locker room late in the first half of his final home game. It was a sobering sight for Richt after Murray made his 52nd consecutive start.

"It's just sickening," Richt said. "I really had a hard time enjoying the rest of the game. ... It's kind of a crummy feeling when you think of what Aaron is going through right now."

Todd Gurley ran for 77 yards and had five catches for 90 yards, including touchdown receptions for 16 and 24 yards, for Georgia (7-4, 5-3 Southeastern Conference).

Murray, who has the most yards passing and TD passes in SEC history, began limping in the second quarter following a 28-yard run.

Already favoring the left knee, Murray left the game after he was hit by defensive end Za'Darius Smith following a pass that was intercepted by Khalid Henderson with 2:17 remaining in the half.

"You could tell in his demeanor, in his body language, that he was hurt," Mason said.

Georgia fans applauded as Murray exited the field for the last time.

"It's sad to see him come off the field like that, to have to be carried off, because he's a warrior," said Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo.

Murray was taken to an Athens hospital to have a MRI on the knee.

Richt said he didn't expect Murray would return for Georgia's final regular-season game at Georgia Tech next week.

"I would think it would be tough for Aaron to play (next) week," Richt said. "I don't know about a bowl yet. We'll see."

Kentucky (2-8, 0-7) lost its 15th straight SEC game. The Wildcats must beat Tennessee next week to avoid their second straight 0-8 finish in the conference.

"It was a tough night all the way around," said Kentucky coach Mark Stoops. "We were not good enough in any area, starting with myself and the assistant coaches. It was not acceptable, and we didn't have a good enough effort or good enough preparation."

Stoops suspended defensive back Cody Quinn, defensive end Jason Hatcher and wide receiver Demarco Robinson for undisclosed violations of team rules on Thursday.

On a night he and other Georgia seniors were honored in a pregame ceremony, Murray completed 18 of 23 passes for 183 yards with four touchdowns, including two to tight end Arthur Lynch, and one interception.

Mason threw the 24-yard touchdown pass to Gurley with only 12 seconds remaining in the half. Mason, a junior who could replace Murray as Georgia's starter in 2014, completed 13 of 19 passes for 189 yards and had a 1-yard touchdown run.

Murray also holds SEC records for career completions and total offense. He added another milestone as he easily gained the 108 yards passing he needed to become the first SEC quarterback to pass for 3,000 yards in four seasons. Hawaii's Timmy Chang (2000, 2002-04) and Boise State's Kellen Moore (2008-11) are the only other quarterbacks to pass for 3,000 yards in four seasons.

Kentucky starting quarterback Jalen Whitlow left the game in the first quarter after aggravating a left shoulder injury and did not return after attempting only one pass.

Maxwell Smith replaced Whitlow and completed 10 of 16 passes for 149 yards with one touchdown.

Georgia, coming off a last-minute 43-38 loss at Auburn in which Murray led a comeback from a 37-17 fourth-quarter deficit, showed early it had shifted its focus to Kentucky. Gurley's 44-yard gain on a screen pass from Murray was the big gain in a quick three-play touchdown drive on the Bulldogs' first possession.

Murray threw touchdown passes to Rhett McGowan, Gurley and Lynch for a 21-0 lead in the first quarter. Kentucky finally answered with Dyshawn Mobley's 69-yard touchdown run late in the opening quarter, but the Wildcats' only other first-half points came on Joe Mansour's 24-yard field goal in the second quarter.

Smith threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Javess Blue with 3:54 remaining in the game.

Despite the long run by Mobley, Kentucky netted only 62 yards rushing. Jojo Kemp had eight carries for five yards — all in the first half before he twisted his ankle.

"Everything is fine," Kemp said. "I've been having ankle problems since high school, so it was just a little scary. I'm good."

The Bulldogs had 602 total yards and scored their most points in a SEC game since a 62-17 win over Kentucky in 2004. Mason, J.J. Green and Brendan Douglas ran for third-quarter touchdowns.

Kentucky lost three of its six fumbles. Georgia safety Josh Harvey-Clemons recovered two fumbles. Defensive end Garrison Smith forced two fumbles.
McGowan had seven catches for 90 yards.Georgia routs Kentucky 59-17


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