Sure, the Gators scored 32 more
points and earned a total of 480 yards, but a big chunk of those points and
yards came after
More important, the offensive line
continued to struggle, running back Kestahn Moore fumbled twice, the option only
showed flashes of becoming a legitimate threat and quarterback Chris Leak,
already trying to play through a bruised right shoulder injured in the
The defense gave up a 76-yard TD run to Jerious Norwood but still recorded six sacks, three turnovers and two safeties and knocked starting quarterback Omarr Conner out of the game in the second quarter. Meanwhile, the kicking game downed four punts inside the 15-yard line, recovered a fumbled punt return to set up a score and blocked a punt for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
"Defense is going to carry all championship teams, and I think that's what we are," linebacker Brandon Siler said. "We'll carry it as long as we can. We'll carry it as long as we need to."
While they're at it, they can take turns carrying Leak's arm around campus this week. Leak threw an interception on the Gators' first possession and didn't find his passing rhythm until the second half. He also left the game at one point with his arm dangling off his shoulder and admitted it was still "sore" after the game.
"I didn't want this out, but Chris didn't practice this week. All he did was hand off," Meyer said. ""He's a very courageous guy, a tough guy. He missed some throws. Hopefully we'll get him right this week. For the circumstances, he played very good."
That makes it even more important
for the Gators to improve in other areas.
"I think this was a game that really put people out there to show that these guys can play a quality opponent and win a game and do it on the road," Georgia quarterback D.J. Shockley said. "A lot of people doubted our team even through these first four games but I think this game will do a lot of justice for us."
Shockley presented some proof of his, overcoming an interception and a fumble by completing 16 of 27 passes for 207 yards and running for 51 yards in his first major victory as a starter.
"He's never really been in this
type of game before where he was the starter and where he really had to fight
the adverse conditions,"
The Bulldogs (5-0) must still face
"This is the first test -- this
Georgia Bulldog team ain't going nowhere, baby," junior defensive tackle Ray Gant said. "We're in charge of our own destiny. We run our own destiny now.
There's nobody else. We're going to be the death of us if anything. Right now,
we're on a collision course with
In the meantime, think about this: the Bulldogs are undefeated after five games for only the third time in 23 years. The last two times they pulled that off they won the SEC title, in 1982 and 2002.
The defense gave
"Lack of execution was the biggest thing," Clausen said. "Their defense was good, but we stopped ourselves a lot. We shot ourselves in the foot."
Even the special teams failed. Punter Britton Colquitt obviously didn't learn anything from the LSU game because he continued to punt to Georgia's Thomas Flowers, who made him pay with a 54-yard punt return for a touchdown and a 20-7 lead with 8:50 left in the game.
As if that wasn't enough,
cornerback Jason Allen's season may be shot for the next few weeks. After
"We don't know how severe it is,
but I've been told that it doesn't look good,"
Add it all up and a team that once
talked about playing for the national championship suddenly looks like a long
shot to win the SEC East after losses to
"As it seems right now, yeah, we're out of the championship picture," said linebacker Kevin Simon.
So where do the Vols go from here?
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"If I could sprinkle some magic dust on it, I'd sprinkle it," Fulmer said.
"I wish I had some magic dust to sprinkle on it," offensive coordinator Randy Sanders said.
"We'll keep working and try to fix it," Riggs said. "We're going to see exactly how mentally tough we are. We're not going to split this team up. We win as a team and lose as a team."
It's hard to believe but you won't see Arkansas-Auburn on television this Saturday - anywhere.
Broyles said he won't allow it
because the game at Reynolds Razorback Stadium in
Broyles didn't bite. In fact, he
hasn't approved a pay-per-view game since 1995, when the No. 18 Razorbacks lost
to No. 10 Tennessee 49-31 at
This week's open date comes at a
good time for an offense trying to play through injuries to
Of course, the schedule hasn't
helped. In four conference games over the past five weeks against
"Now we'll just have to put the first half of the season behind us," Croom said. "We'll work hard and focus on coming back in the second half of the season and play a lot better."
The schedule becomes more friendly
in the second half, with winnable games against