KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Georgia overcame a slow start to remain unbeaten Saturday night at Tennessee, recording a 43-14 victory.
The Vols gave Georgia more of a battle than many expected through the first 28 minutes of play.
Tennessee was as much as a 25-point underdog to the Bulldogs, but it didn’t look like it for much of the first half at Neyland Stadium.
Georgia’s offense was able to rally from a 14-10 deficit in the second quarter, scoring 13 points in the final 2 minutes before half to take a 26-14 lead into intermission.
There were plenty of ups and downs once again, with breakdowns on offense and defense for Coach Kirby Smart’s team.
Brian Herrien had a career-long 40-yard run in the second quarter en route to 88 yards on 11 carries. Herrien’s hard-charging continued into the fourth quarter with his 1-yard TD plunge.
Kicker Rodrigo Blankenship was 3-for-3 on field goals, with makes of 50, 34 and 27.
D’Andre Swift had 72 rushing (17 carries) and another 72 receiving (4 catches) Swift took over on the Bulldogs’ final TD drive of the first half, breaking a 23-yard run to spark the drive and then catching passes of 15 yards and 4 yards the next two plays to get the ball to the UT 28.
Linebacker Azeez Ojulari recorded three tackles and two sacks against the Vols.
Jake Fromm completed his first seven passes before a dropped pass snapped his streak. Fromm finished 24-of-29 for 288 yards with 2 TDs.
Redshirt freshman Zamir White had a good night with seven carries for 57 yards.
Linebacker Tae Crowder recorded a 60-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, sealing the win for the Bulldogs.
Cornerback Eric Stokes delivered a shot on Vols QB Brian Maurer, forcing a fumble that Crowder recovered and returned for a TD.
Offensive line: Jake Fromm wasn’t sacked, but the run game was inconsistent, and the Bulldogs were stopped on a fourth-and-1.
Lawrence Cager caught a 3-yard TD pass, but he also had a pass interference call that wiped out his 25-yard TD catch. Cager finished with 5 catches for 58 yards.
Richard LeCounte bit on a Marquez Callaway double move early in the first quarter, resulting in Callaway getting behind him on a 73-yard TD pass in the first quarter. LeCounte bounced back to record a third-quarter interception.
Fourth-down play call: Georgia was facing a fourth-and-1 at the UT 39 with 1:27 left in the third quarter, but the Bulldogs went to a shot gun formation and D’Andre Swift was stopped.
Jake Camarda had an 18-yard punt from the Tennessee 42 to the 24.
David Marshall had a roughing the passer penalty that gave the Vols a first-and-goal at the 8, leading to a Tennessee touchdown.