RECAP: Neither offense could do much until Tennessee tailback Cedric Houston fumbled and Georgia's Kedric Golston recovered at the UT 24-yard line. A holding penalty stopped the drive but Billy Bennett nailed a 32-yard field goal for a 3-0 Georgia lead. Tennessee appeared to score on its ensuing possession but a 59-yard TD pass from Casey Clausen to C.J. Fayton was nullified by a holding call. Georgia overcame a second-and-21 late in the quarter and was driving as the period came to an end.
KEY PLAY: The holding call on Vol offensive tackle Sean Young cost Tennessee a 7-3 lead and a ton of momentum. Tennessee wound up punting to Georgia, which launched a 12-play, 74-yard drive that carried two plays into the second quarter and produced a touchdown.
KEY PLAYER: David Greene. Georgia's cool quarterback picked Tennessee's secondary apart, completing nine of 12 passes for 89 yards in the opening quarter.
KEY STAT: Georgia outgained Tennessee 107 yards to 31 and nearly doubled Tennessee on time of possession ... 9:35 to 5:25.
RECAP: Greene hit Michael Johnson with a six-yard touchdown pass on the second play of the quarter, capping the 12-play, 74-yard drive and padding Georgia's lead to 10-0. Tennessee closed to 10-7 two plays later, as Mark Jones literally took the ball away from Georgia defensive back Decory Bryant and sped the last 50 yards to complete a 90-yard touchdown play. Bennett hit a 44-yard field goal with 3:27 left in the half to widen the gap to 13-7. Tennessee then drove to a first-and-goal at the Georgia 3-yard line with around 25 seconds left to intermission. Cedric Houston gained two yards but Casey Clausen was stopped cold on a second-down sneak, and Tennessee to burn its final timeout. Clausen fumbled on the ensuing play, and Georgia's Sean Jones scooped up the ball at the 8-yard line and returned it 92 yards for a touchdown that turned the momentum, drained Tennessee's players, quieted UT's crowd and -- oh, yeah -- padded the lead to 20-7. The Vols never recovered from that 14-point swing.
KEY PLAY: Clausen's fumble was caused by an inadvertent bump from fullback Troy Fleming, who was supposed to pass by Clausen's right shoulder as the lead blocker on the play. Instead, the two collided, and Clausen lost control of the ball.
KEY PLAYER: Green. Even sharper than he was in the first quarter, Georgia's superb quarterback completed 7 of 7 second-quarter passes for 62 yards and a touchdown.
KEY STAT: Tennessee dominated the quarter statistically, piling up a 142-84 advantage in total yards, but was outscored 17-7 because of the costly turnover on the half's final play.
RECAP: Georgia scored on its first possession of the quarter, Michael Cooper sweeping right end for the score from six yards out as the lead swelled to 27-7. The Dawgs went up 34-7 just 93 seconds later. Tyson Browning scored from eight yards out to cap a five-yard drive after Odell Thurman intercepted a Clausen pass and returned it 26 yards. After a sack, Clausen threw another interception -- this one on a tipped ball that was reeled in by defensive end Robert Geathers at the Vol 22-yard line. Kregg Lumpkin scored on the very next play -- giving Georgia three touchdowns in a span of 2:35 and a commanding 41-7 lead.
KEY PLAY: Clausen was intercepted on back-to-back passes -- each resulting in a Georgia touchdown as the lead swelled from 27-7 to 41-7.
KEY PLAYER: David Pollack. Georgia's standout defensive end seemed to make every tackle. His biggest play, though, was a hit on Clausen that caused an errant throw that Thurman returned to set up Georgia's fourth TD. He also had a seven-yard sack on the last play of the quarter.
KEY STAT: With Tennessee devastated by the last play of the first half, Georgia outgained the deflated Vols 163 yards to 14 in the quarter and outscored the Big Orange 21-0, putting the game on ice.
RECAP: With the game in hand, Georgia switched to backup QB D.J. Schockley and a run-oriented offense that mercifully ate up some clock and hastened the game's ending. C.J. Leak, Tennessee's backup QB, saw his first action of the season and hit freshman Bret Smith with a 15-yard touchdown pass with just 46 seconds left, closing the final margin to 41-14.
KEY PLAY: It wasn't really a key play in terms of impact, but Leak made a perfect throw to Smith on Tennessee's last-minute touchdown.
KEY PLAYER: Not applicable. The game was over before the fourth period started.
KEY STAT: Georgia won the turnover battle 4-1, won the time of possession 36:19 to 23:41 and converted 7 of 17 third-down tries to UT's 1 of 11.