Ten­nesee stuns Ge­or­gia on Hail Mary

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - The As­so­ci­ated Press

Jauan Jen­nings hauled in a 43-yard Hail Mary from Joshua Dobbs on the fi­nal play, giv­ing No. 11 Ten­nessee a stun­ning 34-31 vic­tory over No. 25 Ge­or­gia af­ter the Bull­dogs ap­peared to win it on a long TD pass of their own with 10 sec­onds re­main­ing Satur­day.

The Vols (5-0, 2-0 South­east­ern Con­fer­ence) ral­lied from a dou­ble-digit deficit for the fourth time in five games, but this was their most im­prob­a­ble come­back yet. The SEC East ri­vals packed a whole game’s worth of ac­tion into the clos­ing min­utes as Ten­nessee went ahead for the first time all af­ter­noon by re­cov­er­ing a fum­ble by Ge­or­gia (3-2, 1-2) in the end zone with 2:56 to go.

Then, af­ter the Bull­dogs threw an in­ter­cep­tion but got the ball back one more time, Ja­cob Ea­son tossed a 47-yard touch­down pass to fel­low fresh­man Ri­ley Ri­d­ley. With the San­ford Sta­dium crowd in a frenzy, Ten­nessee took the kick­off into po­si­tion to take one shot at the end zone.

Dobbs hurled a tow­er­ing pass that the 6-foot-3 Jen­nings didn’t re­ally have that much trou­ble bring­ing down. He leaped above the scrum to make the catch, and then landed on his back for the score that sent the Ten­nessee bench charg­ing on the field to cel­e­brate. touch­down passes to Calvin Ri­d­ley and Ron­nie Har­ri­son scored on a 55yard fum­ble re­turn for No. 1 Alabama.

The Crim­son Tide (5-0, 2-0 South­east­ern Con­fer­ence) over­came a week full of po­ten­tial dis­trac­tions and a slow start to run away from the Wild­cats (2-3, 1-2).

The Hurt and Ri­d­ley Show took over the sec­ond half, hook­ing up on scor­ing passes of 10 and 19 yards and plenty in be­tween. Hurts passed for 262 yards, in­clud­ing 173 in the third quar­ter.

Ri­d­ley gained 174 yards on 11 catches. Fresh­man tail­back Joshua Ja­cobs rushed for 100 yards and a touch­down in his first start with Ken­tucky na­tive Damien Har­ris play­ing a lim­ited role af­ter sprain­ing his right an­kle last week against Kent State.

The per­for­mance came two days af­ter star line­backer Tim Wil­liams’ ar­rest on a mis­de­meanor charge of car­ry­ing a pis­tol with­out a per­mit. Backup quar­ter­back Blake Bar­nett left the team and with­drew from school this week, too.


Ten­nessee head coach Butch Jones hugs quar­ter­back Joshua Dobbs af­ter de­feat­ing Ge­or­gia on Satur­day.

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