ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia defensive tackle Jeff Owens will have knee surgery and miss the rest of the season, making the senior the second starting lineman lost by the top-ranked Bulldogs in the past month.
Owens tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in Saturday's 45-21 win against Georgia Southern. Coach Mark Richt said Sunday that Owens will have season-ending surgery.
Georgia lost starting left tackle Trinton Sturdivant from its offensive line during preseason practice.
"At this rate we won't last very long," Richt said. "We can't afford much more there. I think we've got pretty good depth still at both spots if you're thinking about trying to finish out the season, but much more trouble there and we might really get thin."
Georgia senior Corvey Irvin will join junior Geno Atkins as the starting defensive tackles Saturday against Central Michigan.
Irvin had a sack and shared the team lead with six tackles, including two for losses, against Georgia Southern. Atkins had four stops.
"Corvey actually played an outstanding ballgame," Richt said. "He played the most snaps of the interior linemen and had the most production. Geno didn't play as many snaps but was probably as productive per play."
KENTUCKY 27, LOUISVILLE 2
At Louisville, Ky., Kentucky's Ashton Cobb returned a Louisville fumble 28 yards for a touchdown and Myron Pryor returned another fumble 72 yards for a score in the Governor's Cup.
Tony Dixon added a 7-yard touchdown run for the Wildcats, who have won two in a row against their archrivals for the first time in a decade.