KNOXVILLE, Tenn., — The Tennessee offense to find much consistency for the fifth time in as many games when the Vols lost 41-0 to Georgia Saturday.
The shutout snapped a streak lasting 23 years and 298 games in which the Vols scored a point.
Coach Butch Jones said after the loss in his press conference the offensive struggles came from multiple areas.
“We never established any rhythm,” Jones said. “We didn’t establish any tempo. I don’t think we had any explosive plays. We have to up the tempo, we need explosive plays and we need consistency when we run the football.
“It was as bad of an offensive performance I’ve ever been a part of and it’s inexcusable.”
Running back John Kelly ran for 44 yards on 16 carries with almost no space at all in the running game.
Quarterback Quinten Dormady completed 5 passes for 64 yards. A 44-yard catch and run by John Kelly did account for most of Dormady’s yards. Kelly fumbled the ball at the end of the play, too.
Dormady threw two interceptions to compound the problem. The Vols also lost a fumble from a bad snap by center Jashon Robertson.
“You’re not going to win very many football games when you’re turning the ball over four times,” Jones said. “Situational football, we did not excel in. We turned the ball over.”
The turnovers were brought up by the players when they spoke with the media after the game, too.
“Just a lot of missed opportunities, and that’s what it really comes down to,” Dormady said.
Offensive tackle Brett Kendrick added how difficult losing the turnover battle can make it difficult to win games.
“Any time you turn the ball over four times, it’s tough to win,” Kendrick said. “We give a lot of credit to their defense, but also that’s us beating us.”
The Vols head into the bye week with plenty to work on. Tennessee must find a way to jump-start the offense if the season will turn around.
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