KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Georgia scored the final 33 points to overcome a slow start and beat Tennessee 43-14 on Saturday night.
A crowd of 92,709 at Neyland Stadium, approximately 30,000 of the wearing the Bulldogs’ red, were on hand for what started out as a contested game.
Jake Fromm was sensational, 24-of-29 passing for 288 yards and two touchdowns, both coming in the final 2 minute of the first half as Georgia surged ahead, 26-14 at intermission.
Running backs D’Andre Swift and Brian Herrien each scored touchdowns, and Georgia capped off the night with Tae Crowder’s 60-yard fumble return for a touchdown.
Georgia held Tennessee to 130 total yards in the second half.
Here’s how the game broke down:
Georgia 43, Tennessee 14 (4:39): Tae Crowder 60-yard fumble return (Rodrigo Blankenship kick). Drive: (Defensive score) Key play: Crowder fumble return for score.
Georgia 36, Tennessee 14 (8:02): Brian Herrian 1-yard run (Rodrigo Blankenship kick). Drive: 10 plays, 65 yards, 6:04. Key play: Demetris Robertson 33-yard catch from Jake Fromm.
Georgia 29, Tennessee 14 (7:03): Rodrigo Blankenship 27-yard field goal. Drive: 7 plays, 44 yards, 3:34. Key play: Matt Landers 11-yard catch from Jake Fromm.
Jake Fromm 16-of-20 passing, 195 yards, 2 TDs
D’Andre Swift 13 carries, 67 yards, TD; 4 catches, 72 yards
Brian Maurer 10-of-21 passing, 205 yards, TD
Ty Chandler 5 carries, 33 yards
Jauan Jennings 5 catches, 81 yards TD
Georgia 26, Tennessee 14 (:09): George Pickens 7-yard catch from Jake Fromm (2-point play fails, Fromm incomplete). Drive: 5 plays, 70 yards, 50 seconds. Key play: D’Andre Swift 23-yard run to open drive.
Georgia 20, Tennessee 14 (1:59): Lawrence Cager 3-yard catch from Jake Fromm (Rodrigo Blankenship kick), Drive 6 plays, 60 yards, 2:03. Key play: Tyler Simmons 17 yards on reverse to UT 12-yard line.
Tennessee 14, Georgia 13 (11:31): Rodrigo Blankenship 34-yard field goal Drive: 8 plays, 58 yards, 3:26. Key play: Brian Herrien 41-yard run to UT 22-yard line.
Tennessee 14, Georgia 10 (14;57): Jauan Jennings 12-yard pass from Brian Maurer (Brent Cimaglia kick). Drive: 10 plays, 75 yards, 2:37. Key play: David Marshall roughing the passer set up Vols with first-and-goal at 8 instead of third-and-10 at 16.
— Defensive tackle Julian Rochester sees first action of season
Georgia 10, Tennessee 7 (2:34): Rodrigo Blankenship 50-yard field goal. Drive: 7 plays, 43 yards, 3:51. Key play: D’Andre Swift 44-yard catch from Jake Fromm.
Tennessee 7, Georgia 7 (6:25): Marquez Callaway 73-yard TD catch from Brian Maurer (Brent Cimaglia kick). Drive: 2 plays, 75, 0:42.
Georgia 7, Tennessee 0 (7:11): D’Andre Swift 1-yard run (Rodrigo Blankenship kick); Drive: 12 plays, 84 yards, 6:51. Key play: Demetris Robertson 28-yard catch and run to the Tennessee 40.
14:32 – Jordan Davis injured and on field, left ankle/knee, helped off the field
The game is starting on ESPN2
TBA – Tennessee wins toss, elects to receive
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