STREAK OVER: Vols fall to Dawgs in turnover-laden battle in Athens
By: John Dunn
The All Vol Call in Show
The (14) Tennessee Volunteers traveled to Athens on Saturday to take on the (3) Georgia Bulldogs between the hedges. The two teams are no stranger to competition with the all-time series being separated by only one game, 24-23-2, with Georgia holding the advantage.
Tennessee wasted no time in capitalizing on the Bulldogs' mistakes. An errant snap by Georgia saw the ball roll into the end zone, and was recovered by Tennessee's Kivon Bennett for the first touchdown of the game, giving the Vols a 7-0 advantage.
Georgia answered with a Zamir White touchdown from one yard out, tying the game at 7-7 after a successful PAT. Bulldog quarterback Stetson Bennett gave Georgia their first lead of the game on an eight yard rushing touchdown. After another successful PAT, the Bulldogs led 14-7.
Tennessee knotted the game at 14-14 with a 36-yard passing touchdown from Jarrett Guarantano to Josh Palmer. Georgia regained the lead on a 46-yard field goal from Podlesny, 17-14. However, when the Vols regained possession, Guarantano again found Palmer for a touchdown, this time from 26-yards out. After Cimaglia booted through another PAT, the Vols maintained a 21-17 lead.
Tennessee's defense slowed Georgia's offense down just enough to force them into a fourth-and-inches at the goal line with just one-second remaining in the first half. The Vols' defense held the Bulldogs out of the end zone, allowing them to take a 21-17 lead into the locker room at the half.
Tennessee squandered their second half opening drive with their first turnover of the season on a fumble by Guarantano. Although the Vols were unable to capitalize on their opening second half offensive possession, the defense held Georgia to only a field goal, bringing the score to 21-20, a small moral victory for Tennessee.
However, another turnover, an interception by Guarantano, allowed Georgia to regain the lead on another Podlesny field goal, 23-21. After regaining possession, Tennessee continued to shoot themselves in the foot with penalties. Forced into a 3rd-and-12, Tennessee failed to convert, and punted the ball back to the Bulldogs trailing 2-points, 23-21.
After halting the Tennessee offense again, the Bulldogs capitalized. A 21-yard pass from Bennett to K. Jackson gave Georgia a 30-21 lead after a successful PAT. The Vols' ensuing drive stalled out, allowing Georgia to further extend their lead to 37-21 with 10:31 remaining in the game on a 1-yard play action pass to J. Carter.
Georgia added a defense touchdown to further extend their lead to 44-21. As they continued to chew clock and draw the game to zeroes, the Bulldogs coughed the ball up deep in their own territory, holding a 23-point lead with 3:03 remaining in the game.
Neither team added anything in the final moments, allowing Georgia to secure a 23-point victory.