Momentum Overturned

KNOXVILLE – After a 66-yard touchdown reception by Tennessee tailback Marlin Lane was wiped off the board, Georgia fans are probably thankful for second opinions in college football.

Facing a 13-6 deficit early in the third quarter, Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray hit Lane with a completion on third down. Lane was initially short of the first down marker, but appeared to spin out of the tackle by Georgia linebacker Mike Gilliard. He raced the rest of the way for an apparent touchdown.

While the Tennessee faithful were celebrating the game-tying score, replays showed Lane's knee was down and an official review overturned the call.

"I was confident only because the coaches upstairs (in the booth)," Georgia coach Mark Richt said. "They felt like 100 percent he was down."

The reversal brought to an end to Tennessee's momentum. Instead of tying the game, the Volunteers were forced to punt.

They didn't score again until late in the fourth quarter, losing 20-12.

"It would have been a big momentum boost had it turned out for us," Tennessee coach Derek Dooley said.

The Bulldogs finished the game batting 50 percent on official reviews in the game.

On Tennessee's first drive of the game, Georgia freshman linebacker Amarlo Herrera stripped Volunteers receiver Raijon Neal and looked to have recovered the football. The call on the field was that Neal was down. Official review confirmed the original judgment.

Mitchell hits it big

Georgia freshman receiver Malcolm caught only three passes against Tennessee.

But he cashed in on the trio of down-the-field opportunities, totaling 126 yards (over 42 yards per reception).

"I was told by the coaches to run as fast as I could and get open," Mitchell said.

The nature of Mitchell's enigmatic performance increased after he left the game with a hamstring injury in the third quarter.

"I "just tweaked it a little bit," Mitchell said. "I left as a precaution. I'll be OK."

The effort marked the first time Mitchell reached 100 yards in a game in his career. He now leads the team with 25 catches, 318 yards and three touchdowns on the season.

Walsh straightens out FGs

Through six misses this season, senior kicker Blair Walsh's resolve never wavered.

After facing questions about his accuracy earlier this week, Walsh responded against Tennessee with a 2 of 2 effort on field goal attempts, with a long of 35 yards.

"I'm glad I made the kicks," Walsh said. "But I never in a bad place mentally. I still had confidence."

Watching tape of his missed kicks in the previous two games – three against Ole Miss and one versus Mississippi State – spurred adjustments to his form, Walsh said.

"I looked back at my film and there was a couple of steps that I had to correct in my overall approach to the ball," he said earlier in the week. "I think I corrected it this week finally, and hopefully it will show the results."

With his two kicks, Walsh now has 63 career field goals, which is the most of any active kicker in the SEC. He ranks eighth overall in league history and is 63-for-82 in his career.

Smith flips sides

Cornerback Branden Smith finally got his chance on offense. After spending time on defense and special team this season, the junior rushed twice for 18 yards and caught a pass for a short gain.

The junior was mentioned in fall camp as a defensive player that would help out on offense.

But he shares jersey No. 1 with freshman running back Isaiah Crowell jersey, which limits Smith's opportunities to be on the field on offense.

Smith has 23 rushes for 273 yards and two touchdowns in his career.

Shakeup on the offensive line

Redshirt sophomore Chris Burnette returned to the starting lineup after missing two games with a knee injury.

Burnette started the game at right guard with redshirt sophomore Dallas Lee getting the nod at left guard.

"It felt great to be back," Burnette said. "To be honest, it was painful. It was good because we needed this win."

Sophomore Kenarious Gates, who started a week ago, also saw action in the game at guard.

This and that

Redshirt sophomore Chase Vasser started in place of suspended linebacker Cornelius Washington. … Junior nose tackle John Jenkins started his first career game against the Volunteers. He's the 14th Georgia player to make a debut start this year. … The official attendance for the game was 102,455, the most for a game in Neyland Stadium this season.

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