Georgia/Tennessee Notebook

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Vicky Fulmer, wife of Tennessee coach Phil Fulmer, did her best Brenda Warner impersonation before Saturday evening's game. Warner, wife of St. Louis Rams quarterback Kurt Warner, has made headlines more than once by lashing out in public at people she felt were being unfair to her husband.

On Saturday, Vicky Fulmer confronted Knoxville News-Sentinel columnist Gary Lundy in front of dozens of other media members in the Volunteer press box. Fulmer never raised her voice but the confrontation was witnessed by dozens of media members and some UT staffers. Lundy wrote a column this week that was critical of Volunteer quarterback Casey Clausen for claiming he never made last year's "one arm" comment that got so much attention this week.

Clausen didn't play in last year's 18-13 Georgia win because of a shoulder injury. After the game, he said, "I could've played on one arm and we probably could have definitely beaten Georgia." He added the margin of victory would have been "a couple touchdowns." However, on Wednesday, he claimed he never made those two remarks.

"That's dishonest. That's spineless," Lundy wrote in Friday's edition.

Clausen's comments were caught on tape by Knoxville News-Sentinel writer Mike Strange, Lundy wrote. He went on to say several other things about Clausen, referring to "a cowardly side."

Vicky Fulmer was obviously unhappy, telling Lundy she was "horrified" and "embarrassed" and telling Lundy he owed the Volunteers an apology.

NEW RECORD HOLDER: Damien Gary returned a 49-yard Dustin Colquitt punt 16 yards midway through the second quarter to become Georgia's new all-time leader in punt return yardage with 1,088 yards. Gary had two punt returns for 18 yards in the first half.

FIRST-TIME STARTERS: As expected, 318-pound sophomore Gerald Anderson got his first start of his career Saturday in place of senior Ken Veal, who missed the first two games of the season with an ankle injury. Veal is healthy enough to start, defensive line coach Rodney Garner said this week, but Anderson earned the spot on merit.

Anderson caused a fumble by tailback Cedric Houston in the first quarter. Kedric Golston recovered it at the Volunteer 24-yard line. The Bulldogs turned that into three points on a 32-yard field goal by Billy Bennett.

Running back Tyson Browning also got his first start, opening the game at tailback. He didn't start as quickly as he would have liked, though, carrying the ball on the game's first three plays for a total of minus-3 yards. Browning finished the first half with 9 rushing yards and 37 receiving yards.

TIME OF POSSESSION: Georgia rushed the ball 18 times and threw it 19 times in the first half. The Bulldogs gained just 40 yards on the ground but managed to control the clock, keeping the ball for 18:21 of the first half. Time of possession is normally not one of Georgia's strong suits. The Bulldogs kept the ball less than 27 minutes in entire games against South Carolina and LSU.

BURNING OLD FRIENDS: Michael Johnson's second quarter touchdown reception came against Volunteer cornerback Jason Allen. Allen, who took over a starting spot this week, was heavily recruited by the Bulldogs. Johnson has made a habit of haunting former Georgia recruits. His dramatic touchdown catch against Auburn last year was over Horace Willis, a former Bulldog signee.

Johnson's touchdown was his first since the catch against Auburn and just the third of his career.

PENALTIES: Georgia looked determined to become the most-penalized team in the SEC in the first half. The Bulldogs entered the game 11th in the league in penalties with 49 for 393 yards. They added seven for 69 yards in the first 30 minutes Saturday.

STICKING WITH STRATEGY: Tennessee coach Phil Fulmer said this week that he might change his longtime tradition of deferring when his team wins the opening coin toss, however, he stuck with it Saturday.

Fulmer considered changing up because the Volunteers had given up 378 total yards in their last two first quarters. Georgia finished the first quarter with 107 yards and three points to Tennessee's 31 yards and zero points.

GOOD START: Georgia had given up 100 or more yards receiving to just one player, Middle Tennessee State's Kerry Wright (103) this season coming into the game. Tennessee's Mark Jones had 117 in the first half, including a 90-yard touchdown pass.

CAPTAINS: Fullback Jeremy Thomas, defensive end David Pollack, cornerback Decory Bryant and safety Thomas Davis were the captains for the game.

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