Dawgs get no pressure on Ainge

KNOXVILLE, TN – Tennessee senior quarterback Erik Ainge, his uniform spotless as he trotted off the field Saturday evening, insisted it wasn't really easy.

"We worked really hard to get done what we got done," Ainge said after he led a 35-14 victory over No. 12 Georgia in Neyland Stadium. "The offensive line and the backs did a great job blocking, and that's what made it so easy."

Georgia definitely helped though, and it started on the defensive line. Ainge wasn't sacked once, and the Volunteers gained 190 yards rushing, 58 more than their season average.

"We said from the beginning (the defense) is a young group, we don't know how they are going to react," defensive coordinator Willie Martinez said. "We have to get better because there are an awful lot of good offensive football teams down the road."

Saturday was the fourth time in Martinez's 32-game tenure that the Bulldogs have given up more than 30 points. Georgia gave up more than 30 just once in Brian VanGorder's 52 games.

The potential to get blown out "is always there when you are inexperienced," Martinez said. "You don't know how guys are going to react."

Tennessee running back Arian Foster became the first player to rush for three touchdowns against the Bulldogs since he did it last year.

After beating Georgia with the tried-and-true running game, the Volunteers beat them with sleight of hand as well. They scored their second touchdown when Ainge handed the ball to wide receiver Lucas Taylor on an end around, and Taylor pulled up and flung the ball to running back LaMarcus Coker for a 56-yard touchdown.

Georgia's weakside linebacker blew the coverage on the play, and Coker was 20 yards from the nearest Bulldog when he caught the ball and strolled 30 yards into the end zone for the longest scoring play against the Bulldogs since a Darren McFadden run in 2005.

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