UGA rolls to 41-0 shutout of Ten­nessee

The Standard Journal - - SPORTS - By Steve Me­gargee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — There would be no fran­tic fin­ishes or dra­matic come­backs in the lat­est edi­tion of the Ge­or­giaTen­nessee ri­valry.

The sev­enth- ranked Bull­dogs made sure of it.

Jake Fromm threw a touch­down pass and ran for two more scores Satur­day as No. 7 Ge­or­gia rolled to a 41-0 blowout of Ten­nessee. The Vol­un­teers were shut out for the first time since 1994 and suf­fered their most one- sided home loss since 1905.

Nick Chubb added 109 yards rush­ing to help Ge­or­gia race to its first 5-0 start since 2012, the last year the Bull­dogs reached the South­east­ern Con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship game. Ge­or­gia earned its 800th win in pro­gram his­tory.

“Keep chop­ping wood and let’s get some more,” Ge­or­gia coach Kirby Smart said.

Be­fore Satur­day, none of the last six games in this se­ries had been de­cided by more than eight points, in­clud­ing Ten­nessee’s 34-31 vic­tory last sea­son on a Hail Mary as time ex­pired.

Each of the last three years, the win­ning team had erased a dou­ble-digit deficit.

But Ge­or­gia took the sus­pense out of this one early. Ge­or­gia grabbed a 24-0 half­time lead and never al­lowed Ten­nessee to rally.

“You can’t let your foot off their throat,” Ge­or­gia out­side line­backer Lorenzo Carter said.

Ten­nessee ( 3- 2, 0- 2) hadn’t been shut out since a 31-0 loss to Flori da i n 1994. Ge­or­gia forced four turnovers, al­lowed just 142 to­tal yards and limited SEC rush­ing leader John Kelly to 44 yards on 16 car­ries.

This marked Ten­nessee’s most lop­sided home de­feat since a 45-0 loss to Van­der­bilt in 1905. Ten­nessee also lost 68-0 at home to Se­wa­nee in 1918, but the school sus­pended var­sity foot­ball that sea­son due to World War I and only had an un­of­fi­cial team made up of Army re­cruits and stu­dents.

“It was as bad of an of­fen­sive per­for­mance as I’ve ever been a part of,” Ten­nessee coach Butch Jones said. “It’s in­ex­cus­able.”

The Bull­dogs got more good news in the fourth quar­ter when quar­ter­back Jacob Ea­son made his f i rst ap­pear­ance since sprain­ing his left knee in the sea­son opener.

Fromm was 7 of 15 for 84 yards with an in­ter­cep­tion and a 12- yard touch­down pass to Javon Wims. He also rushed for 20 yards, in­clud­ing sec­ond-quar­ter touch­down runs from 9 and 4 yards out, be­fore giv­ing way to Ea­son with the game well in hand. The game’s first play from scrim­mage set the tone for the rest of the day. Ge­or­gia’s Tyrique McGhee picked off Quin­ten Dor­mady’s pass at Ten­nessee’s 27-yard line to set up Ro­drigo Blanken­ship’s 38yard field goal.

That started a tough af­ter­noon for Dor­mady, who was 5 of 16 for 64 yards with two in­ter­cep­tions be­fore Jar­rett Guar­an­tano re­placed him late in the third quar­ter.

Ten­nessee’s best scori ng chance van­ished when a shot­gun snap from cen­ter Jashon Robert­son ap­peared to hit his rear end and came in low to Dor­mady, who couldn’t han­dle it. Carter re­cov­ered the sec­ond-quar­ter fum­ble at Ge­or­gia’s 29.

Even Ten­nessee’s big­gest gain of the af­ter­noon re­sulted in a turnover, as Aaron Davis forced a fum­ble by Kelly that J.R. Reed re­cov­ered at the end of a 44-yard com­ple­tion.

It was such a bad day for Ten­nessee that punter Trevor Daniel, one of the Vols’ most ef­fec­tive play­ers this sea­son, had a rare mis­step. Daniel’s low punt early in the fourth quar­ter went off the face of Ge­or­gia’s D’An­dre Walker to set up the Bull­dogs’ fi­nal touch­down. Ten­nessee’s Dar­rell Tay­lor was pe­nal­ized for un­sports­man­like con­duct and ejected from the game on Ge­or­gia’s fi­nal touch­down drive.

“Ev­ery­one should hurt,” Jones said. “If it doesn’t hurt, then that shows you’re not heav­ily in­vested. If you’re in­vested, you hurt. This one st­ings. It’s go­ing to take a while. Like I told them, if you don’t feel like coming to prac­tice, you bet­ter re­mem­ber how you feel right now. And if that’s not mo­ti­va­tion, I don’t know what is.”

The take­away

Ge­or­gia: Now that Ea­son has re­turned to ac­tion, Ge­or­gia must de­cide how to use its quar­ter­backs the rest of the way. Fromm has played well enough that Smart could have quite a dilemma on his hands once Ea­son’s back at full strength.

Joy Kim­brough / The Daily Times via AP

Ge­or­gia wide re­ceiver Javon Wims catches a touch­down pass dur­ing the first half of Satur­day’s game against the Vol­un­teers in Knoxville, Tenn.

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