RECAP: Georgia 41, Tennessee 17, Bulldogs dominate on Rocky Top

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Georgia running back James Cook (4) during the Bulldogs' game with Tennessee in Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn., on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021. (Photo by Tony Walsh)
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KNOXVILLE, Tn. – Georgia (10-0, 8-0 SEC) finished its first undefeated SEC season since 1982 with its 41-17 win over Tennessee (5-5, 3-4 SEC).

The Volunteers started fast offensively, scoring 10 points on their first three drives before the No. 1-ranked Bulldogs brought the explosive offense to a halt, not allowing it to score again until late in the fourth quarter.

The vaunted Georgia defense limited the highly touted Tennessee attack to 55 yards rushing on 36 attempts. Tennessee’s quarterbacks were sacked six times, three of them by Channing Tindall.

Georgia was led offensively by running back James Cook, who finished with 104 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns on 10 attempts. The senior from Miami also added 43 yards receiving and a score on 3 receptions, as well.

Stetson Bennett was strong enough through the air and on the ground for Georgia, finishing 17-of-29 passing for 213 yards and a score. Bennett also contributed 40 yards rushing and a touchdown on 8 attempts.

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The Bulldogs will play host to Charleston Southern next weekend at Sanford Stadium.

Tennessee Final
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Tennessee Final
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Georgia 41, Tennessee 17, 3:38: Cedric Tillman 12-yard pass from Joe Milton III (Chase McGrath kick). Drive: 9 plays, 75 yards, 3:25.

Georgia 41, Tennessee 10, 7:03: Kenny McIntosh 5-yard run (Jack Podlesny kick). Drive: 6 plays, 73 yards, 3:43.

Update: Georgia outside linebacker Nolan Smith leaves game with apparent left arm injury, escorted to locker room.

Georgia 34, Tennessee 10, 13:14: James Cook 5-yard run (Jack Podlesny kick). Drive: 7 plays, 60 yards, 2:51.


Update: Georgia defensive lineman Jalen Carter ruled out for rest of game (stomach flu).

Georgia 27, Tennessee 10, 4:41: Jack Podlesny 26-yard field goal. Drive: 13 plays, 74 yards, 5:07.


Georgia leads Tennessee 24-10 at halftime
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-- Total attendance: 100,072

Georgia 24, Tennessee 10, 0:37: James Cook 23-yard pass from Stetson Bennett (Podlesny kick); Drive: 11 plays, 90 yards, 3:05.

Georgia 17, Tennessee 10, 7:24: Stetson Bennett 9-yard run (Podlesny kick); Drive: 5 plays, 40 yards, 1:32.

- Derion Kendrick interception at UT 47, returned 7 yards.

Georgia 10, Tennessee 10, 9:42: Jack Podlesny 40-yard field goal; Drive: 9 plays, 44 yards, 3:46.

Tennessee leads Georgia 10-7 after first quarter
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Tennessee 10, Georgia 7, 1:38: Chase McGrath 24-yard field. Drive: 13 plays, 76, 3:48.

Tennessee 7, Georgia 7, 9:11: James Cook 39-yard run (Jack Podlesny kick). Drive: 6 plays, 78 yards, 2:28.

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