Tennessee never had a chance Saturday at home against No. 7 Georgia. The Bulldogs held the Vols to 125 yards in a 41-0 blowout win in a battle of SEC East teams. Tennessee managed 7 first downs, was just 1 for 12 on third downs and gained 62 yards on the ground on 29 attempts.
It’s over. The Bulldogs leave Neyland Stadium with a 41-0 win that left Vols’ fans booing and not happy. At all.
• Georgia running back Brian Herrien scores on a 1-yard touchdown run to stretch the Bulldog lead to 38-0 with 12 minutes left in the game.
Third Quarter, Georgia 31, Tennessee 0
• Jarrett Guarantano enters the game at quarterback for the first time.
• Georgia running back Sony Michel with a 21-yard touchdown run to give the Bulldogs a 31-0 lead with 1:04 left in the quarter.
• Wide receiver Marquez Callaway was shaken up after an incomplete pass down the right sideline with 5:04 left.
• Quintent Dormady with a 44-yard pass to John Kelly who fumbled the ball at the end of the reception. Georiga takes over on the 33-yard line.
Second Quarter, Georgia 24, Tennessee 0
• Fromm scores on a 4-yard option-read run to give the Bulldogs a 24-0 lead with 4:14 left until half.
• Dormady with his second interception of the game. Georgia takes over on the Tennessee 26-yard line.
• Fromm scores on a 9-yard quarterback scramble. The drive went 87 yards in 11 plays. Georgia leads 17-0 with 7:13 left in the quarter.
• A bad snap from center Jashon Robertson leads to a fumble recovery by Georgia on the 29-yard line.
• Fromm’s pass intercepted by Justin Martin at the Tennessee 27-yard line.
First Quarter, Georgia 10, Tennessee 0
• The Vols will take over with its best field position of the game on the Tennessee 47-yard line with 2:02 left in the quarter.
• Georgia wide receiver Javon Wims catches a 12-yard touchdown pass from Jake Fromm. Bulldogs led 10-0 with 6:10 left in the quarter.
• Georgia kicker Rodrigo Blankenship makes a 38-yard field goal to give the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead with 13:37 left in the quarter.
• Quinten Dormady’s first pass of the game was intercepted by Tyrique McGhee on the 25-yard line.
Tennessee-Georgia game time, information
- Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
- Date: Saturday, Sept. 30
- Location: Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, Tenn.
- TV: CBS
- Line: Georgia by 8
Tennessee coach Butch Jones said first downs would be “critical” in Saturday’s game against Georgia.
“Everything is about first down efficiency,” said Jones, who has led the Vols to come-from-behind wins over the Bulldogs the past two seasons. “When you talk about first down efficiency, 4 yards, whether it’s a pass or a run play, is an efficient play.
“For us, we have to be about 65 percent on first down efficiency, and if you look at offenses on scoring drives, most of the first downs incur on first and second down, not on third downs,” he said. “When you go back and look at the video from last week we had way too many second-and-12 and second-and-15 situations, and against a team like this we have to be ahead of the sticks.”
The Vols (3-1) play host to the No. 7-ranked Bulldogs (4-0) at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday at Neyland Stadium.
Georgia has yet to give up a play longer than 40 yards, Jones pointed out.
Jones indicated he expects Tennessee senior center Jashon Robertson, junior defensive tackle Shy Tuttle and senior tight end Ethan Wolf to return from injuries and play in the game.
Senior kicker returner Evan Berry, senior tight end Jakob Johnson and redshirt freshman Latrell Williams will not play.
• The Bulldogs have scored at least 31 points in every game this season except for their Week 2, 20-19 win against Notre Dame. Opponents have scored just 46 points against UGA this season, which is ranked No. 8 in the country (11.5 points per game).
• Georgia is 16th in the country in total defense, allowing 269.5 yard per game.
• After scoring 42 points in both of its first two games of the season (wins vs. Georgia Tech and Indiana State), the Tennessee offense has struggled. The Vols scored 20 in the loss to Florida and just 17 last week in a four-point win against UMass.
• The Vols rank 69th nationally, scoring 30.3 points per game. The Bulldogs are just ahead of them — 63rd with 31.0 points.
• Tennessee tailback John Kelly joins Penn State Heisman Trophy candidate Saquon Barkley as the only two backs to average more than 100 yards and 40 yards receiving in each game.
• The Vols are 13-3 in home games since the start of the 2015 season and 21-9 at Neyland Stadium under Jones, their fifth-year coach.
• Tennessee leads the all-time series with Georgia 23-21-2.
• The Vols are missing seven players who were projected starters entering the 2017 season to injury: MLB Darrin Kirkland Jr., SLB Austin Smith, WLB Cortez McDowell, SS Todd Kelly Jr., OT Chance Hall, WR Jauan Jennings, KR Evan Berry.
• Tennessee’s offensive line has allowed only 2 sacks this season, tied for the sixth fewest in the nation.
• Tennessee junior QB Quinten Dormady is expected to make his fifth career start against Georgia, with redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano at the ready should Dormady struggle or Jones look for a changeup.
• Georgia is looking for its 800th win all time in Saturday’s game at Neyland Stadium. The Bulldogs rank 11th all time in wins while Tennessee is No. 9 with 832 victories.
• The five most recent meetings between the Vols and the Bulldogs have been decided by a touchdown or less.
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