Bennett, No. 1, Georgia still perfect, after beating Tennessee 41-17
Knoxville, Tenn. Stetson Bennett ran for a touchdown and throw again as top-ranked Georgia remained perfect, wrapping up its Southeast Conference schedule by directing Tennessee 41-17 Saturday.
The Bulldogs (10-0, 8-0, No. 1 CFP) finished a perfect run through the SEC for the first time since the league split into divisions in 1992 and went into an eight-game schedule.
“They had a tough game in our league and they played well,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said.
The last time Georgia were unbeaten in a league game was in 1982 with a 6-0 score, which is also the last time the Bulldogs started 10-0.
“I mean 39, I mean she’s special…” Bennett said.
In fact, the Bulldogs slipped by their biggest margin of the season after Tennessee scored a touchdown in their opening drive. Georgia was also down 10-7 at the end of the first quarter, new territory for the Bulldogs, who only trailed by a field goal for Auburn and Missouri.
Georgia responded with 27 consecutive points, including 17 in the dominant second quarter. Darion Kendrick objected A pass by Hendon Hooker, and Channing Tindall strip Hooker off the ball—Tindall had three of Georgia’s six sacks.
“We didn’t come here to take shots,” Smart said. “We came here to throw them.”
About Bennett Objection to a 9 yards TD range Halfway through the second, capped 90 yards drive 23 yard TD pass to James Cook Right before the end of the first half. Cook also ran 10 times and achieved a career high with 104 yards and Two more TDs.
Tennessee (5-5, 3-4) had five-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning, former All-Star player, Todd Helton, and WNBA champion Candice Parker on hand with a crowd of 100,074 for a winning team in Kentucky, the first An appearance in the top 20 road teams since 2006.
The Vols’ biggest win in this game came with 3:38 left before plenty of empty seats. Joe Milton hit Cedric Tillman in a 12-yard TD, giving Tennessee the most points he’s scored against Georgia in a game of the season.
Tennessee State came in second in the Bowl Subdivision division with 1.59 points per minute. Georgia and the lowest scoring defense, which allowed 6.6 points per game, simply stifled the Vols. The Bulldogs held Tennessee to 9 yards total in the second quarter.
Tennessee coach of the year Josh Heubel said, “You have to do some plays to give yourself a chance to play it through to the end. The red zone wasn’t good enough. Losing the turnover (the fight) 2-0 hurt.”
Georgia: The Bulldogs may not have transformed into the dominant defensive performance they are known for this season. But they have proven that they can beat many sick players. Smart said they pulled defensive lineman Galen Carter, who had received intravenous fluids, in the first half because the fever was over 100.
Tennessee: Hooker experienced his worst game of the season after notching his best game in last week’s win over Kentucky with two turnovers, including his interception for only the third time in the season. The volunteers had chances to stay in this game. But they settled on a field goal after hitting Georgia 7, and flipped it twice in Georgia Territory, once at Bulldogs 17 and Hawker’s stutter came third and sixth at Georgia 7. Next drive.
“We were a little further away. I threw a couple sailing at him,” Heupel said of Hooker.
The repercussions of the opinion poll
Georgia certainly didn’t hurt herself. Beating an SEC competitor should be impressive enough to get all the first place votes back.
Georgia hosts Charleston Southern as SEC Bulldogs roster closes. Georgia then finished the regular season against Georgia Tech.
Tennessee hosts South Alabama on the Vols’ first night since losing to the Ole Miss.
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