4th quarter surge not enough, Kentucky ends season with loss to Georgia Tech in TaxSlayer Bowl 33-18

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JACKSONVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) -- Dedrick Mills carried the ball 31 times, rushed for 169 yards and one touchdown, helping Georgia Tech beat Kentucky, 33-18, in the TaxSlayer Bowl Saturday afternoon.

The Football Cats end their season 7-6.

Kentucky scored just three points in the first three quarters until Stephen Johnson connected with Dorian Baker for a 20-yard touchdown early in the 4th quarter.

Then, Johnson scrambled for another touchdown, a 21 yard score that ended with the Cats converting the 2-point conversion and making the score 26-18 -- a one posession game.

But the ensuing onside kick was not converted, Tech hit on a big play down field and Mills rushed in for a touchdown with 2:18 left to play, putting it out of reach for the Cats.

The Yellow Jackets finish the year 9-4.

Stephen Johnson was 19 of 34 passing for 175 yards.

This was the first time Kentucky played Georgia Tech in 55 years.

UK opens next season at Southern Mississippi on September 2.

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