KNOXVILLE, TN– No. 18 Tennessee was coming off a bad loss against Missouri last week, and wanted to get the bad taste in their mouth at home against No. 1 Georgia.

Jaylen Wright gashed the Georgia defense for a 75-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage. This has been a common theme for Georgia. They have given up an opening drive touchdown in the past five games.

However, time and time again Georgia responds to taking the first punch. They outscored the Vols 38-3 since that opening touchdown and earned a huge victory on the road to close out regular season SEC play.

 

OFFENSE

 

Carson Beck had the offense dialed in from the beginning despite the hostile environment and the injuries that they suffered. By halftime, Beck was 17-of-20 with 210 yards and two touchdowns.

Ladd McConkey (ankle) and Rara Thomas (foot) went out early with injuries, so Dillon Bell and Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint stepped up in their place. Bell put on a great performance after not getting a single touch last week against Ole Miss. Bell finished with 90 receiving yards on five catches including a receiving touchdown. His highlight play came in  the second quarter when he took a pitch out of the backfield, but he stepped back to throw an 18-yard pass to Rosemy-Jacksaint, who was wide open in the end zone.

Rosemy-Jacksaint finished with seven receptions, 92 yards, and two touchdowns. Bowers also had seven receptions along with 60 yards and a touchdown.

There were a couple of injuries on the offensive side of the ball that the coaching staff will need to monitor. Tate Ratledge banged knees with someone on a running play and did not return to the game. Coach Smart said that Ratledge felt like he could go back in, but the coaching staff kept him off the field. 

When Ratledge exited, Dylan Fairchild moved to right guard, and Jared Wilson was inserted at left guard. Amarius Mims and Xavier Truss rotated at right tackle with the first team offense throughout the night. 

According to Kirby Smart, McConkey and Thomas suffered their injuries before the game. They both tried to give a go and played in the first quarter, but they both stayed on the sidelines for the rest of the game.

This offense has shown that they can stay in a rhythm no matter the environment or who has injured. Year in and year out, Georgia establishes depth behind their prominent starters and they’re doing it again this season.

 

DEFENSE

Georgia has been exceptional against the run under Kirby Smart. That’s why it was very uncharacteristic for Jaylen Wright to go untouched to the end zone on the very first play from scrimmage.

The Vols came in as the second-best team in the SEC in terms of rushing with their talented trio of running backs (Wright, Jabari Small, Dylan Sampson). Since the 75-yard run by Wright, the Vols were held to just 42 yards on 20 attempts (excluding Milton’s negative 13 yards rushing).

 

Tykee Smith making plays all over the field. C.J. Allen stepped up once again with the absence of Jamon Dumas-Johnson. The Dawgs didn’t generate a lot of pressure on Milton, but they still held him to a 57% completion rate. Defenders were able to get their hands on the ball at the line of scrimmage and they tallied 5 pass breakups on the back end.

Kamari Lassiter continues to shine as one of the best players on this team. He had a huge pass breakup on a

deep ball in the first half. It seemed that they refrained from taking deep shots after that play.

Georgia (11-0) will take on Georgia Tech (5-5)  at 7:30pm next Saturday in Atlanta. The followingweek they will play in Atlanta again against No. 8 Alabama (10-1) for the SEC Championship

 

 

Offensive Player of the Game: WR Dillon Bell- 5 receptions, 90 yards, TD, 18-yard passing TD

Defensive Player of the Game: S Tykee Smith- 10 tackles (8 solo), QB hurry