The No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs came away with a 44-21 win over No. 14 Tennessee Volunteers. The final score shows a comfortable victory but the story of the game painted a very different outcome.
The Volunteers held a 21-17 lead at halftime and the Bulldogs led only 23-21 heading into the final minutes of the third quarter.
But Tennessee never scored in the second half, thanks to a suffocating performance by Georgia defense. The group had five sacks in the second half to go along with two fumble recoveries and an interception of Tennessee quarterback Jarrett Guarantano.
In the second half, members of the Georgia defense actually outscored Tennessee. Monty Rice had a scoop and score touchdown, while Jalen Carter caught a touchdown pass on the offensive side of the ball.
It was another strong effort by perhaps the nation’s top defensive unit in the country. And a number of people on social media were speaking about the performance.
Georgia DE Jalen Carter (305 lbs) caught a TD pass in Saturday’s win vs. Tennessee.
Carter appears to be the 1st 300-pounder to score a touchdown for Georgia since Jon Stinchcomb did so on a 1-yd rush at Auburn on Nov. 16, 2002.
— Jason Starrett (@starrettjason) October 11, 2020
Tennessee’s offense finished the game with 27 carries for a whopping -1 yards. My goodness. https://t.co/KnHuiR2L8g
— Georgia Sports Now (@GASportsNow) October 10, 2020
Georgia’s defense held Tennessee to 36 total yards of offense in the second half as the Dawgs went on to outscore the Vols 27-0.
The Vols had 27 carries for -1 rushing yard in the game. This defense is scary good. pic.twitter.com/Va9qAO7uNm
— Kevin Keneely (@KevinKeneely1) October 10, 2020
— GEORGIA HEROES (@GeorgiaHeroes) October 10, 2020
This is just Georgia’s DNA.
Close to the vest on offense, suffocating defense and they hope to break your will late in the game with their constant wave after wave of highly ranked recruits.
Last man standing football and they are pretty damn good at it. pic.twitter.com/8nsWVS8GuW
— Peter Burns (@PeterBurnsESPN) October 10, 2020
I don’t guess you saw Georgia’s defense today huh? https://t.co/Yy9UOLsZjF
— David Pollack (@davidpollack47) October 11, 2020
Gene you look phenomenal! Nice to see you rooting on the Dawgs! https://t.co/CxB1MxPjP0
— David Pollack (@davidpollack47) October 10, 2020
“What stands out is the camaraderie they have about them and they take pride in being good,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said. “They don’t have a bunch of primadonas. They’re a lot of guys contributing. The atmosphere that’s created on defense, we’re not letting much go. We’re not going to let them in and they hold everyone accountable.”
Offensively, it was another nervy game at times. The Bulldogs could not have gotten off to a worse start, as an errant Trey Hill snap led to a Tennessee touchdown on Georgia’s second play of the game.
The Bulldogs also were stuffed on two fourth and short situations that drew a number of questions from Smart based on his decision making.
“I want you to know that analytics would have absolutely, absolutely slaughtered me for kicking a field with a chance to get seven over three,” Smart said after the game. “Now they may not agree with me on the fourth and one on the other part of the field. I know my dad would be mad at me, punt the ball and play defense, but got suckered into that one.”
As for the rest of the offense, the big story once again was Stetson Bennett IV. It wasn’t a perfect day from the junior quarterback, but he was once again strong overall. He threw for 238 yards and two touchdowns, while also not turning the ball over. He also rushed for 22 yards and a touchdown as well.
Given his backstory and how Bennett got to the point, it’s clear he’s an easy player to root for this weekend.
This would’ve been a sack a year ago…. pic.twitter.com/sax2Dji9sX
— AXactly (@DawgAXactly) October 10, 2020
— UGA Supporters (@Support_UGA) October 10, 2020
— Kelly Sr (@ChopnWoodUGA) October 11, 2020
No. 3 Georgia blows out No. 14 Tennessee and moves to 3-0
Stetson Bennett so far this season: 680+ pass yards, 7 TDs, 0 INT
— Bleacher Report CFB (@BR_CFB) October 10, 2020
The Stetson Bennett-Kearis Jackson connection has really bolstered #Georgia's offense the past few weeks. Big play right there.
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) October 10, 2020
Kearis Jackson picked a good time for his first touchdown. pic.twitter.com/yE6zCa4hAk
— SEConCBS (@SEConCBS) October 10, 2020
Georgia fans and media types weren’t the only ones talking after the win, as a number of Georgia players and recruits shared their thoughts on the win.
Of particular note was some of the recruiting chatter following the win, as the Bulldogs and Volunteers are battling for a number of top prospects, including 5-star offensive lineman Amarius Mims, who is set to announce his commitment this coming Wednesday.
@amarius_mims I know you seen them Dawgs today!!🔴⚫️
— Lovasea Carroll (@LovaseaC) October 10, 2020
I finally got me a lick shordy 🙂
— Mekhail Sherman🌹 (@JuicedUpK9) October 10, 2020
Coach Dan Lanning I love the defense them DAWGS playing 🤣
— Jamon (@1Jamondj) October 10, 2020
— TID𝟿3🤠 (@TINGDAWK90) October 10, 2020
— Georgia Football (@GeorgiaFootball) October 10, 2020
Keep him in the game!!!!!!
— Chris Milton (@fatherofballers) October 10, 2020
Did you stop believing?
— Jamaree Salyer ♠️ (@jamareesalyer69) October 11, 2020
After the win, attention quickly turned to Georgia’s next opponent, as the Bulldogs visit No. 2 Alabama. This will be the first time the two sides meet in the regular season since Smart has taken over the program.
Alabama had its own struggles on Saturday, as it pulled out a 63-45 win over the visiting Ole Miss Rebels. With how the strengths, and weaknesses, of these two teams matchup, next Saturday should be the biggest game of the college football season to date.
That’s the worst Alabama defensive performance of the Saban era. But it’s one of the best offensive performances, if not the best. No idea what to expect in Georgia game next week.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) October 11, 2020
#2 Alabama and #3 Georgia are the last two unbeaten teams in the SEC and play next week.
— CFB Country (@tCFBCountry) October 10, 2020
Alabama DB Jordan Battle was ejected during the Ole Miss game and will miss the first half next week against Georgia
— UGA Supporters (@Support_UGA) October 11, 2020
So, Georgia-Alabama next week?
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) October 11, 2020
Georgia and Alabama will be one hell of a game 😳👀👊🏾
— Jerome from B'ham (@JeromeFromBham) October 11, 2020
NEXT WEEK GAME OF THE CENTURY!!
3-0 GEORGIA at 3-0 Alabama
The only two Undefeated Teams in the SEC !!
Defense vs Offense!! Let’s get it !!
— Caleb Figgures (@CalebFiggures) October 11, 2020
The Bulldogs and Crimson Tide play at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. Safe to say a lot of eyes will be on that game given the history and pedigree of the two programs.
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