When Vance went down with an injured right knee, sophomore Clint Boling moved from right guard to fill it at left tackle. The Georgia running game followed, with Knowshon Moreno picking up 101 yards – much of which came around the left end.
"It wasn't too much of an adjustment," Boling said of his move. "I've played tackle on the right side, but I've got to learn how to play left and right because when something like that happens, you've got to be prepared to play both sides."
"You have to keep finishing the game, and we had a lot of the game left to play," Boling said. "We had to keep fighting, but we still had Vince in our thoughts and prayers."
Vance's injury is the second season-ending knee injury to a Georgia left tackle this season. Trinton Sturdivant tore several ligaments in fall camp.
"I don't know what we're going to do if we get any more injuries," Boling said, "but we're just not catching a break with anybody."
Richt said he expects the lineup that finished the game to be the one that starts next week's contest against Vanderbilt. Tanner Strickland is Georgia's only lineman on the bench with game experience, albeit limited. Richt also said Glenn could move out to tackle if offensive line coach Stacy Searels decided Boling is better used at guard.
GAMBLE IS A SAFE BET:
Making his first career start at middle linebacker, Darryl Gamble finished second on the team with five tackles and played a big part in holding Tennessee to just 1 yard rushing. Gamble was filling in for injured All-SEC linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, who Richt said should return next week.
"To play Mike linebacker against a team that runs the ball the way Tennessee does, Darryl had to have played a great game," Richt said. "Darryl's really matured a lot. … He's gaining knowledge and confidence, and I'm pretty sure Dannell will be back, so that just makes us stronger."
GET READY TO RUN:
All week, Georgia worked on cutting the number of penalties it had been flagged for, but the results Saturday were not exactly what the Bulldogs had hoped for.
Georgia has averaged more than 10 flags per game, and Richt promised punishment if the numbers didn't improve. Against Tennessee on Saturday, the Bulldogs had 11.
"There was a couple times we helped them a long, a couple drives where penalties helped them," Richt said. "The boys are going to get worn out on Monday, and maybe we'll slow it down sooner or later."
Several of the penalties came after Richt chose to accept delay-of-game flags to help run down the clock, but the numbers were still too high considering the work the Bulldogs had put in during the past two weeks.
"It wasn't a lack of concentration, it was just busted plays," linebacker Rennie Curran said of the penalties. "I'm sure we'll definitely pay for it. But I felt like we came out and were focused, and I think overall had a definite improvement."