Tennessee gets big one over Georgia
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- The Tennessee Volunteers upset the No. 11 Georgia Buldogs 35-14 Saturday night and put themselves right back in the SEC East mix.
With Kentucky's loss Thursday night to South Carolina everyone in the SEC East now has atleast one loss.
Tennessee dominated in all aspects of the game as it outgained Georgia 411-243.
After looking sub par on defense in its first four games the Volunteer defense came out and showed early on that it was going to make a statement. The Bulldogs didn't reach Tennessee territory until its opening second half drive as they quickly fell into a 28-0 hole.
"Things clicked on all cylinders," Tennessee defensive coordinator John Chavis said.
The Volunteers had given up an average of 180 yards on the ground this season, but held Georgia to 69 yards on 25 attempts.
"Everybody has been riding (the defense) all year," running back Arian Foster said. "I know how it is when the media is on you, but hey showed up today."
Foster played a key role for The Volunteer offense as he finished with three touchdowns and 98 yards on 17 carries. However, it wasn't just the Vols rushing attack that provided a spark.
The Volunteers offense had not had a big play in the passing game all season long, but used a bit of trickery on the first play of the second quarter to blow opent the game. Wide receiver Lucas Taylor got the ball of a reverse and threw a 56 yard touchdown pass to running back LaMarcus Taylor to put the Vols up 14.
Tennesee's victory snaps Georgia's three game winning streak in Knoxville. This is the first time Georgia coach Mark Richt has lost on Rocky Top.
Player of the Game: Tennessee running back Arian Foster scored three times for the Volunteers and seemed to provide the Vols with a big run whenever they needed one.
Play of the Game: The Volunteers opened up the second quarter with a bit of trickery. Wide receiver Lucas Taylor got the ball on a reverse and found a wide open LaMarcus Coker for a 56 yard touchdown that put the Vols up 14-0.
Next up for Georgia: The Bulldogs will travel to Nashville to face the Vanderbilt Commodores, a team that upset Georgia last season.
Next up for Tennessee: The Volunteers will travel to Starkville, Miss. to square off with (4-2) Mississippi State.