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Vols fall to #1 Georgia 41-17

Bulldogs have now won 5 straight over their SEC East rivals
Published: Nov. 13, 2021 at 3:04 PM EST
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -It’s an electric atmosphere in and around Neyland Stadium as Tennessee and Georgia fans gather to watch the Vols take on the top ranked and undefeated Bulldogs. It’s Homecoming on the Hill as these two teams renew a series that’s been played every year since the league split into two divisions back in 1992.

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This kind of game brings out all the stars and among those on hand on this cool and crisp November afternoon are VFL legends Peyton Manning and Candace Parker.

1ST QUARTER

Georgia won the toss and deferred to the 2nd half. Hendon Hooker and UT offense will get the ball first.

Well that was efficient! Tennessee takes the opening kickoff and with a nice mixture of run and pass moves right down the field on the number one scoring defense in the country. The Vols were also aided by a pass interference call in the end zone ona pass from Hendon Hooker to Javonta Peyton, who had gotten behind the defense. Hooker then hits Velus Jones from 9 yards out for the TD. Extra point is good as Tennessee takes a 7-0 lead over the top ranked Dawgs with 11:43 to go in the 1st quarter.

Well that was fast! Georgia answers UT’s drive. UGA converts on a 3rd and 7 at their 44. That sets up a 39 yard TD run by James Cook and we’re all tied up at seven with not quite 6 minutes gone in the first quarter.

Vols start their 2nd possession at their own 25. Vols go three and out after Hendon Hooker is stopped on 3rd and 1 at the 34 yard line. That forces a Paxton Brooks punt and Georgia takes over at their own 29 yard line. On the first play a big play for the Tennessee defense as Stetson Bennett is sacked for an 8 yard loss. On second down, the Vols get a tackle for a loss. UGA comes up short on 3rd and 22 forcing thir first punt of the game.

On their third possession the Vols start to move again picking up a first down on some hard running by Jabari Small. Then it’s Hooker to Ramel Keyton on a pretty slant for a pick up of 15 yards. Then Hooker took off after being pressured picking up good yardage setting up a 2nd and one at the UGA 47. A short pass to Cedric Tillman and a holding penalty would set up a 2nd and 17 at the UGA 48. Hooker would hit Keyton on 2nd down and on 3rd and 12 hit Tillman for a big gainer down to the Georgia 14 yard line for a 29 yard gain.

The Vols would be faced with a 4th and 3 at the Georgia 7 and settle for a 24 yard Chase McGrath FG after Hooker’s third down pass sails high out of the end zone. Tennessee takes a 10-7 lead with 1:38 remaining in the 1st quarter.

Vols force a Goegia three and out and second Bulldog punt with :07 remaining in the 1st quarter.

Tennessee takes over at it’s own 25 yard line after the punt. A shot pass to Velus Jones leavs UT witha 2nd and 8 as the first quarter comes to an end.

2ND QUARTER

Vols start the quarter with a fumble setting up a 3rd and 19 at the 16 yard line. Jaylen Wright picks up two yards and Vols are forced to punt. Paxton Brooks booms it and UGA calls for a fair catch at it’s own 34 yard line.

Dawgs would move the ball into Tennessee territory and face a third down and 8 at the Vols 38. Quarterback Stetson Bennett is forced to scramle. He picks up six yards setting up a 4th and 2 and a 40 yard FG which is true by Jack Podlesny. We’re tied again at 10 with 9:42 remaining in the first half.

Vols start at their own 25. Hooker runs for five yards and on 3rd and 5 Hendon hits Princeton Fant for a first down. Howver, on the next play, Hooker misfires and the pass is intercepted by Derion Kendrick at the UT 47. Dawgs take over at the Vols 40 yard line. Georgia converts on 3rd and 8 at the UT 39. Bennett is given time to throw and he connects with his tight end over the middle.

Then after a nice gain by running back james Cook, Georgia finds itself with a 1st and goal at the Tennessee 9 yard line. Bennett goes back to pass, he’s pressured and someohow gets away from the rush and finds his way to the checkerboards. PAT is good as Georgia takes its first lead of the game at 17-10 with 7:24 to go in the first half.

A quick three and out for the Vols. Hooker with an errant pass on 3rd and 4 at the UT 31. Vols forced to punt. A penalty for illegal formation give Georgia the ball back at their own 33 yard line.

Tennessee defense comes up big forcing a three and out and getting off the field on third down. Bennett’s pass on 3rd and 4 at the 39 sails high forcing a UGA punt.

Vols . pick up a first down after Jabari Small follows some nice blocking. Hooker and Keyton cannot connect on a deep pass and after a short Hooker run, the Vols are face with a 3rd and 8 at their own 41 yard line.

Tough situation for Tennessee. Georgia picks up a score before the half and gets a poissbile 2-for-1 receiving the 2nd half kcikoff. Stetson Benntt find James Cook on a mismatch. Cook beats LB Solon Paige and makes an easy TD catch on a 23 yard pass from Bennett. Dawgs take a 2 touchdown lead into the break.

3RD QUARTER

A holding penalty sets UGA up with a 1st and 20 at their 20 yard line. a shot pass followed by a short run would set up a 3rd and 10 at the 30. Bennett goes back to pass, but great coverage allows Byron Young to get in for sack forcing a 4th and 20. UGA would punt, a monster kick of 62 yards to the 18, Velus Jones returns and fumbles, but its recovered by the Vols who start at their 41 yard line.

Tennessee faced with a 3rd and 8 at 43. Hooker connects on a pass to Cedric Tillman for the first down. Faced with a 3rd and 7 at the 38, Hooker throws deep to Tillman. It’s incomplete, but pass interference is called as well as illegal subsitution, which was declined. The 15 yard penalty gives UT new life at the UGA 23. That’s where the drive stalls. Tennessee decides to go for it on 4th and 4 at the UGA 17. Hooker rolls to his left, but can’t find anyone open and throws it away. Georgia takes over on downs.

Vols can’t catch a break! On third and 10 from the UT 40, Stetson Bennett is called for intentional grounding while Byron Young is called for a horse collar tackle. Offsetting penalties give UGA new life and the Dawgs capitalize with a first down pass to the UT 26 yard line. Tennessee holds on 3rd and 4 at the UT 9 after Bennett’s pass sails high in the end zone. Podslesny kicks a short FG and the Dawgs extend their lead to 17 points at 27-10 with 4:41 remaining in the 3rd.

James Cook would score a third touchdown on the night after scooting around the right side and into the end zone giving the Bulldogs a 34-10 lead.

In a clean up role, Joe Milton would come in and lead the Vols to their final score of the night, a 12 yard TD pass to Cedric Tillman, who finished with 200 yards receiving on the night.

Small consolation, but the Vols score more points than any team has this season against that vaunted Georgia defense in a 41-17 loss to the Dawgs. Tennessee falls to 5-5 overall and 3-4 in SEC play. The Vols head out of conference next week to host SOuth Alabama at 7:30 on ESPNU.

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