College Football

Georgia Stays Unblemished At Tennessee

Tennessee Vols Football Jumps On #1 Georgia Bulldogs Early, But Lose 41-17. (UT Athletics)

Number 1 Georgia stays unblemished at Tennessee. Recapping the game. Despite the score, both teams fought hard. Georgia won the battle 41-17. Georgia moves up to 10-0 on the season, 9-0 in the SEC East. Tennessee falls to 5-4 in the SEC East, and 5-5 overall.

Game Summary

Despite illness, injuries, along with a slow start, Georgia battled their way to victory. Georgia won the toss, but chose to recieve the second half.

Tennessee recieved the ball first. In the first 10 plays, they moved down field 77 yards to go up 7-0. Hendon Hooker threw a nine yard pass to Velus Jones Jr for the TD. Chase McGrath made the extra point with 11:43 remaining in quarter one.

Next up, it was Georgia’s possession. They went 78 yards in six plays, topped off by a James Cook 39-yard touchdown. Following the touchdown, Jack Podlesny made the extra point to tie the game at 7-0 with 9:11 to go in quarter one.

Both teams went back and forth on punts for the next few possesions. With 1:39 remaining in first quarter, McGrath made a 24-yard field goal to push their score up to 10-7. The Tennessee defense took a stand against the Georgia offense, forcing a 40-yard field goal by Podlensy with 9:42 left in the first half. Podlensy made the field goal and tied the game at 10.

Georgia struggled in the first quarter, but got stronger as the game progessed. With 8:56 before halftime, Georgia defense intercepted Hendon Hookers pass. It took Georgia five plays to score. Stetson Bennett ran nine yards for the touchdown. Podlensy’s extra point helped put the Bulldogs on top 17-10, with 7:24 left in the first half.

With 37 seconds left in the first half, Stetson Bennett threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to James Cook. After Podlensy’s extra point, Georgia entered the locker room at the half leading 24-10.

Coming out of the second half, Georgia got the ball. Tennessee’s defense stood tall and held them to a field goal. Georgia scored a total of 41 points, holding Tennessee to only 17 points.

Some Stats

Tennessee wide reciever Cedric Tillman caught 10 passes for 200 yards, which included a touchdown catch. Quarterback Hendon Hooker went 24 for 37, with 244 total yards. He threw one intercepton. Jeremy Banks had 15 tackles. Alontae Taylor had 10 tackles. Joe Milton III entered the game in the fourth quarter. He had 6 completions on 10 attempts, along with one touchdown.

Quarterback Stetson Bennett collected 213 yards. 17 carries, 29 attempts, and 1 TD. James Cook scored three touchdowns compiling 147 total yards. Adonai Mitchell caught five passes for 65 yards. Channing Tindell had 3 sacks. Georgia allowed 55 total rushing yards. Derion Kendrick got one interception.

Impressive stats by both Georgia and Tennessee.

What Is Next For Georgia and Tennessee

Up next for Georgia is getting everyone healthy. Defensive linemen dealing with illness, and injuries. Nolan Smith who is the leading edge rusher is questionable looking ahead. They have two regular season games remaining against Charleston Southern and Georgia Tech. After that will be the SEC Title game.

What is next for Tennessee? They host the South Alabama Jaguars. The next game they win, they will earn a bowl bid.

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