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GEORGIA 17, Tennessee 7

PREGAME

  • Georgia entered the game as an underdog—the sixth time the Bulldogs have not been favorite at home against Tennessee in the teams’ last 17 meetings in Athens. In the previous five games the Vols were favored in Sanford Stadium, they won them all over the Dogs.
  • Also entering this game, Georgia was only 1-9 as an underdog at home in the last quarter-century (beginning in 1992) with its lone victory as a “dog” coming against Texas Tech 20 years ago.

OFFENSE

  • Although Nick Chubb was injured, carrying just once for three yards, his two backups—Sony Michel and Brian Herrien—have combined to rush for 135 yards on 19 carries in the first half.
  • Georgia entered the game having scored just 13 points off of nine turnovers gained on the season. In the first half, the Bulldogs scored 10 points off of two Tennessee turnovers.
  • Jacob Eason’s rushing touchdown, whereupon he recovered a teammate’s fumble in the end zone for a score, marked the first time in 16 games (vs. Vanderbilt, 2015) a Georgia quarterback rushed for a touchdown.

DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS

  • Late in the half, Lorenzo Carter registered a sack—only Georgia’s fifth sack in the first five games of the season. The Bulldogs’ record-low for sacks in a year resulted in 2000, when they totaled only 16 sacks in 11 regular-season games.
  • Entering the game, Georgia had allowed an average of 17 points per contest in the first halves of games this season.
  • After the Bulldogs made just three of eight field goals on the season entering this game, Rodrigo Blankenship made Georgia’s lone field-goal try in the first half. It was Blankenship’s first made field goal of his collegiate career.
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