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KNOXVILLE - News and notes from Georgia's 38-31 loss to Tennessee.

*Career Workload for Michel: Sophomore TB Sony Michel carried the load for the Bulldog rushing attack following sophomore Nick Chubb’s injury on the first play from scrimmage. Michel finished with a career-high 22 carries and 145 yards plus three catches for 26 yards. It was his second career 100+ yard rushing effort. He had 155 yards versus Troy in 2014.

*Chubb Injured On 1st Play: Sophomore TB Nick Chubb went down with a left knee injury on the first play from scrimmage after a two-yard gain and did not return. He had a streak of 13 straight games with at least 100 yards, which was a school record he shared with the legendary Herschel Walker. Chubb came in ranked third nationally with 745 yards on 91 carries for an 8.2 average and seven rushing TDs.

*Another Defensive TD: Junior SLB Leonard Floyd’s 96-yard fumble return for a touchdown was the longest by a Bulldog since last season when Damian Swann had a 99-yard fumble return against Ga. Tech. Today marked the 52nd non-offensive touchdown in the Mark Richt era including the 26th defensive TD. Georgia’s last defensive TD against Tennessee came in 2003, a 92-yard fumble return by Sean Jones in a 41-14 win. Georgia’s defense now has two touchdowns this year while special teams has two following a punt return by Reggie Davis for a score against UT in the 2nd quarter. Before today, the others came in a road win over Vanderbilt.

*Another Special Teams TD: Georgia’s Reggie Davis made it 24-3 late in the 2nd quarter following a 70-yard punt return for a touchdown, the first of his career and second by a Bulldog this year (Isaiah McKenzie had a 77-yarder at Vanderbilt). The 31-14 win over the Commodores marked the last time Georgia had both a defensive and special teams TD in the same game until doing it again today. 

*Points Off Turnovers:  Georgia has scored seven points off a couple of UT turnovers. Senior MLB Jake Ganus notched his 2nd interception of the season at the UT 46 off a Quincy Mauger deflection. Georgia went three-and-out and punted. Georgia scored a touchdown off a forced fumble by Devin Bellamy and picked up by Leonard Floyd who returned it 96 yards for a touchdown. It marked Georgia’s second defensive TD of the year (Dominick Sanders 88-yard INT versus Vanderbilt). UT turned a Bulldog fumble on a kickoff (Sony Michel) in to seven points, needing only 25 yards, that trimmed Georgia’s lead to 24-17. For the year, the Bulldogs are +1 in turnover margin for the year. Georgia has scored 31 points off nine turnovers while opponents have scored 14 points off eight Bulldog miscues. 

*Lambert-to-Mitchell Connect: Georgia grabbed a 14-3 lead on a five-play, 75-yard touchdown drive in 1:46 to answer a UT field goal. The drive was capped by a 28-yard TD pass from junior Greyson Lambert to senior Malcolm Mitchell. It was Mitchell’s fourth TD catch of the year and 15th for his career. On the first play of the 4th quarter, Lambert connected with Reggie Davis for a 48-yard TD play to tie the game at 31. Lambert finished 15-for-32 for 279 yards and two TDs. Mitchell finished with five catches for 85 yards and one TD.

*Morgan Adds To Point Total: Senior PK Marshall Morgan went 1-for-2 on field goals, hitting a 37-yarder for a 17-3 edge and missed a 41-yarder. Also, he added four PATs for a total of seven points. He ranks third in school history for most points in a career now with 362. He is 52-for-68 in career field goals and that ranks sixth in school history in those categories.

*For Starters:  True freshman DT Trenton Thompson and junior WLB Tim Kimbrough made their second career starts after making their first last week. Freshman DB Rico McGraw returned to action in a starting role after missing the past three games with a knee injury. McGraw started the season opening win over ULM and had five tackles in the first two games. 

*Helmet Sticker:  For the second game in a row, the Bulldogs are wearing a “33” decal on their helmets in honor of Southern University’s Devon Gales, who sustained a spinal cord injury during his team’s game against the Bulldogs in Athens on Sept. 26.

*Today’s Captains: Sophomore Nick Chubb (TB), senior Sterling Bailey (DT), senior Jordan Jenkins (OLB) and senior Jake Ganus (ILB) served as the Bulldog captains.

*Series History/Up Next: With today’s 38-31 win by the Vols, UT takes a 22-21-2 series lead and snaps Georgia’s five-game winning streak in the series. Georgia (4-2, 2-2 SEC) plays host to Missouri in a Homecoming matchup next Saturday at 7:30 p.m. (SEC Network).

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