The Bulldogs shutout the Vols for the first time since 1981, and it was the first time since 1923 that the Bulldogs did it in Knoxville.
"They just outplayed us today", said Vols quarterback Quinten Dormady, who was 5 for 16 for a season-low 64 yards (44 came on one play to running back John Kelly) with two - and almost - interceptions. "But that's the mindset we come in with though". "We just know we've got to do it as a team".
After two near misses, Tennessee got the interception it had been eyeing when Justin Martin collected a pass from Fromm on the Georgia 27. Four plays later, Rodrigo Blankenship kicked a 38-yard field goal to give UGA a 3-0 lead.
Saturday marked the first time Tennessee has been shut out at home by Georgia since 1923, and-to use Jones's reference point from earlier in the week-the game was indisputably the Vols' worst home performance of the past 20 years. For LSU to throw that kind of buyout fee at Orgeron is just bad leadership from above. "You can say all you want about their game against Alabama, but I know they have a good coaching staff and a good team - case in point, last year". In neither case was a Vol close enough to interfere with the receiver, which given the alternative (i.e., losing) would have been the smart play. During his tenure in Knoxville, the Volunteers have never been able to push past the middle of the pack in the SEC, and they have looked frustratingly inept against lesser opponents like UMass (which they scratched out a 17-13 win against last week) and Appalachian State (which pushed Tennessee to overtime in Week 1 of the 2016 season). His ball security and presence within the pocket has been the least of the Vol coach's concerns, until the in-game snaps happen. I don't think we had any explosive plays.
Fighting to keep its Big 12 and national championship hopes alive, No. 15 Oklahoma State rolled up 32 first downs and 602 yards of total offense but still hung on to outlast Texas Tech, 41-34 in Lubbock. He's completing exactly half of his passes, and a lot of them have been shorter passes that he's completed. And the defense kept the Vols' offense off the field.
Fromm, Georgia's true-freshman quarterback, had touchdown runs of nine and four yards.
"That's something we will not tolerate", Jones said. "It's a huge momentum swing". "We will not go backward with that". Later that night, LSU dropped a home game against Troy in non-conference play. Georgia comes in looking like the clear-cut favorite in the SEC East after dismantling Mississippi State 31-3 as freshman quarterback Jake Fromm passed for 201 yards and two touchdowns.
The last time the Vols played the Dawgs it ended with a nail-biter. The native of Frisco, Texas returned the interception to Tennessee's 26-yard line. Backup quarterback Jarrett Guarantano completed six of his seven pass attempts for 16 yards.
Georgia's J.R. Reed beat Tennessee's Josh Palmer for a 50-50 ball and got the interception and the play led to Fromm's 4-yard TD run and the Bulldogs went to the locker room with a 24-0 halftime lead.
For example, linebacker Colton Jumper led the Vols with 2 ½ sacks last week and has a team-high 3 ½ sacks this year. He started managing the offense a little better and later had a brilliant check at the line of scrimmage on a D'Andre Swift third down run.
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