|GEORGIA 26, TENNESSEE 24|
| Tennessee threw to Kelley Washington only once, instead setting a physical
pace early by pointing tailback Travis Stephens at the heart of the Georgia
defense. The Vols' offensive front established a strong advantage. Georgia's
Musa Smith was stopped on a fourth-and-1 run at the Vols' 7-yard line late in
Key stat: Stephens had nine carries for 71 yards, averaging 7.9 yards per carry in the quarter.
Tennessee 7, Georgia 0
Tennessee touchdown: Kelley Washington 7 pass from Casey Clausen (Alex Walls kick), 10:33. Drive: 8 plays, 60 yards, 3:18 drive. Key play: On second and 2
from the Georgia 42, Travis Stephens broken through the line for a 23-yard run, as safety Terreal Bierria missed a tackle near the line. Stephens tripped at the 19 or would have scored.
Tennessee 7, Georgia 3
Georgia field goal: Billy Bennett 29 kick, 7:52. Drive: 9 plays, 45 yards, 2:31 drive. Key play: On first and 10 from the Tennessee 32, David Greene passed to LaBrone Mitchell for a gain of 14 yards.
Tennessee 14, Georgia 3
Tennessee touchdown: Leonard Scott 17 pass from Clausen (Walls kick), 4:58.
Drive: 1 play, 17 yards. Key play: Tennessee took over at the Georgia 17 after Rashad Baker intercepted a Greene pass and returned the ball 42 yards.
| Georgia regained it momentum with a long punt return by Damien Gary and
briefly took the lead on a seven-play touchdown drive capped by a scoring pass to freshman Fred Gibson. Tennessee had a chance to break the 17-17 tie
with 20 seconds left, but Walls missed a 34-yard field-goal attempt. Though
held to three points in the quarter, Tennessee continued to move the ball,
especially with big third-down passes to Kelley Washington.
Key stat: Gibson's touchdown catch was his first career reception.
Tennessee 14, Georgia 10
Georgia touchdown: Damien Gary 72 punt return (Bennett kick), 13:12. Key play: Gary found a lane through the middle of the Tennessee coverage, which had heavily covered both edges. Gary drew a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for flipping as he crossed the goal line. Bennett was good on the 35-yard extra point.
Georgia 17, Tennessee 14
Georgia touchdown: Fred Gibson 15 catch from Greene (Bennett kick), 9:18.
Drive: 7 plays, 56 yards, 2:04. Key play: On first and 10 from the 25, Randy McMichael made an outstanding diving catch between two Tennessee defenders
for a gain of 18 to the 7.
Georgia 17, Tennessee 17
Tennessee field goal: Walls 25 kick, 6:41. Drive: 6 plays, 72 yards, 2:37.
Key play: Stephens' 64-yard run to the Georgia 16 set up the field goal and pushed him over 100 yards for the day.
| Georgia's defense continued to gain momentum and Jonathan Kilgo consistently
outperformed Tennessee punter Dustin Colquitt, but Georgia's offense could
not take advantage of the advantage in field position in the scoreless quarter.
Key stat: Georgia started drives at the Tennessee 39, the Georgia 39, the Tennessee 42 and the Georgia 40 and came away with no points.
| Until the final 45 seconds, the teams had combined for only one field goal
in the second half. Then came the unexpected final trade of big plays, with
the Vols taking a lead with a 62-yard scoring pass to Stephens. Georgia's
improbable answer was to cover 59 yards in 39 seconds, including the game-winning touchdown pass to fullback Verron Haynes with only :05 on the
Key stat: Randy McMichael caught three passes for 58 yards in the final quarter, including back-to-back catches for 26 and 14 yards in the decisive final drive.
Georgia 20, Tennessee 17
Georgia field goal: Bennett 31 kick, 5:44. Drive: 7 plays, 75 yards, 2:50.
Key play: The drive opened with a 55-yard pass to Gibson moving the Bulldogs to the Tennessee 33.
Tennessee 24, Georgia 20
Tennessee touchdown: Stephens 62 pass from Clausen (Walls kick), :44. Drive: 4 plays, 78 yards, :37. Key play: On second and 10 from the Tennessee 38,
Clausen dropped back and dumped a short pass to Stephens, who was perfectly positioned behind an orange wall of Tennessee blockers in front of the Vols'
sideline. Stephens ran untouched until he finally was reached near the goal line by Bierria, who could not stop the back from scoring.
Georgia 26, Tennessee 24
Georgia touchdown: Verron Haynes 6 pass from Greene (run failed), :05.
Drive: 5 plays, 59 yards, :39. Key play: With 10 seconds left, Georgia called a timeout to set up the game-winning play — called P-44 Haynes. On the play,
Haynes pretended to be a blocker on a linebacker before breaking free unattended in the back of the end zone, where he was wide open for the game-winning catch.
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