Score – Tennessee: 34 Georgia: 10
Well that’s embarrassing. The Dawgs were out of this game before they knew what hit them. Tennessee shot out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter behind two touchdowns from Raijon Neal and then took a 21-point lead early in the second quarter.
Unfortunately, Georgia clearly didn’t come ready to play in Knoxville.
Aaron Murray got UGA on the board just before halftime with a seven-yard touchdown pass to Michael Bennett, but the Dawgs trailed 21-7 at the break. It looked like Georgia might be able to create some momentum coming out of halftime, but the Vols would have none of it. Tennessee responded with an impressive drive to open the third quarter that ended in a seven-yard touchdown run by Marlin Lane.
Trailing 28-7, Georgia abandoned the running game and Tennessee’s pass rush began to affect Aaron Murray. He was sacked three times and also lost a fumble.
It was the same old story for the Georgia defense. They couldn’t get off the field on third down and Justin Worley was able to pick apart the young secondary, throwing for nearly 300 yards and three touchdowns.
6 receptions, 103 yards, 2 TDs
Tennessee had a very balanced offensive attack against Georgia, but Alton Howard was one of the biggest standouts for the Vols. His 39-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter gave Tennessee a 21-point lead and served notice that they were ready for a big upset on Rocky Top.
9 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks
It was in a losing effort, but Jordan Jenkins showed why he’s viewed as the next Jarvis Jones for the Bulldogs. He was a nightmare coming off the edge against Tennessee’s offensive line and constantly forced Justin Worley out of the pocket. Unfortunately for Jenkins, his secondary couldn’t keep Worley’s receivers from getting open.
Georgia no longer controls its own destiny in the SEC East. With Tennessee now owning a 2-0 conference record, the Dawgs sit in a tie for second place in the division. This loss also likely removed the team from having any chance to reach the BCS title game. UGA must focus on getting things back on track and can’t afford to lose any more games this season and hope for some help to get back to Atlanta.