KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee quarterback Quinten Dormady didn’t attempt to complicate the Vols’ offensive struggles Saturday afternoon.
“A lot of missed opportunities, that’s really what it comes down to,” Dormady said following a 41-0 loss to No. 7-ranked Georgia. “You don’t want to lose like that. It’s just a tough loss, for sure.”
It was a historically “tough” loss, to be sure, as it marked the first time since 1994 that the Vols have been shutout — a string of 289 games that previously ranked as the fourth-longest active of its kind in the nation.
It was also Tennessee’s worst shutout loss since dropping a 44-0 game to Georgia in Athens in 1982, an the Vols’ worst home shoutout loss since a 45-0 defeat at the hands of Vanderbilt in 1905.
Dormady was lifted with just over a minute left in the third quarter with the Bulldogs holding a 31-0 lead. He finished 5-of-16 passing for 64 yards with two interceptions. Dormady was sacked once.
Dormady failed to find his rhythm from the first play which was intercepted at the Tennessee 27-yard line.
“I guess, just errant throws, that’s the only thing I can say,” Dormady said. “I don’t know why, other than that, really. It comes down to execution, and we’re not executing right now.”
Dormady said he tried to stay patient with the offense once the Vols fell behind by multiple scores.
“It’s something you have to focus on, one play at a time, we talked about that as an offense,” Dormady said. “Not getting ahead of yourself. It’s definitely hard, but we have to take it one play at a time and do your job and not try to do too much.”
Dormady, who has started all five games in his first season as the Vols’ starter, is completing 55.5-percent of his passes on the season for 925 yards with 6 touchdowns, 6 interceptions and two fumbles lost.
Jarrett Guarantano, a dual-threat redshirt freshman quarterback from New Jersey, was 6-of-7 passing against Georgia but didn’t complete a pass longer than 9 yards and failed to lead a scoring drive.
Guarantano is 12-of-24 passing for 54 yards with 1 touchdown in his limited action this season.
Tennessee had 142 total yards on 52 plays. The Vols rushed for 62 yards on 29 carries and passed for 80 yards on 23 pass attempts.
The Vols’ deepest penetration was the Georgia 29-yard line with 14:51 left in the second quarter, but that threat ended when senior center Jashon Robertson snapped the ball off his bottom and Dormady failed to recover the fumble.
It was one of three Tennessee trips into the Bulldogs’ territory in the first half, but the Vols punted from the Georgia 47 and Georgia 45 in the first quarter.
Tennessee’s only trip into Bulldogs’ territory in the second half came when tailback John Kelly fumbled at the end of a 44-yard reception at the Georgia 33-yard line.
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