KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Georgia has fallen behind for the second consecutive game and has maintained its recent dominance over rivals in the division.
Jake Fromm threw two touchdown passes, Georgia’s defense dominated the second half and the Bulldogs, No. 3, recovered from a slow start to beat Tennessee 43-14 on Saturday night.
Georgia (5-0, 2-0 Southeast Conference) has won 15 consecutive games with opponents in the SEC’s Eastern Division since falling 24-10 to Florida on October 29, 2016.
Georgia lost most of the second quarter before scoring two touchdowns in the final two minutes of the first half to take the lead. That happened two weeks after the Bulldogs recovered from a 10-7 split at half-time to beat Notre Dame 23-17.
“When we see adversity, we want to run directly to adversity,” said Fromm. “That’s what we’re doing now, we’re assimilating it, we’re going out, we’re going to change something in the game and do it for ourselves.”
Fromm was 24 of 29 for a total of 288 yards and made two touchdown passes in the final two minutes of the first half to turn a 14-13 deficit into a 26-14 lead at halftime. Georgia ended up scoring the last 33 points of the match.
Georgia took the lead with a good 20-14 lead in Fromm’s 3-yard pass to Lawrence Cager, with 1:59 left in the middle. After Brent Cimaglia of Tennessee missed a 47-yard left-lane left-footer effort with 59 seconds to go, Georgia drove and scored on Fromm’s 7-yard pass to George Pickens with nine seconds remaining. make.
“We pushed them a bit in the first half,” said Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt, “(and) they did what good teams do.”
Rodrigo Blankenship of Georgia has scored goals of 50, 34 and 27 yards to improve 11 of 11 goals this season. Brian Herrien and D’Andre Swift had 160 yards and a 1-yard touchdown when Georgia beat Tennessee 238-70.
“We have an excellent physical football team,” said Georgia coach Kirby Smart. “We must continue to improve and eliminate some mistakes.”
Tennessee (1-4, 0-2) have lost their last six meetings with Football Bowl teams and have had the slowest start since 1988 when they lost their first six games. The only Tennessee victory this season was a 45-0 explosion of the subdivision program of the Chattanooga Soccer Championship.
But the volunteers made this interesting for a moment.
Tennessee’s first quarterback, Brian Maurer, made his first start in the race and caused an offense that had stumbled and failed during the first month of the season. Pruitt did not say if Maurer would start again next week or if the Flights could return to Jarrett Guarantano, who started the first four games.
“I will have to watch a movie,” Pruitt said. “I do not know, I think Brian competed very well, I thought Jarrett did a good job when he was there, it was good for both of us.”
Maurer electrified the crowd in the second Tennessee series by presenting an action pass for an open Callaway Marquez, who captured the Georgia 30 and ran to the final zone for a 73-yard touchdown. Maurer’s 12-yard touchdown pass to Jauan Jennings in the first game of the second quarter gave Tennessee a 14-10 lead.
Jennings had seven catches for 114 yards and Callaway caught three passes for 105 yards. Maurer was 14 of 28 for 259 yards with an interception for both touchdowns.
Maurer became less efficient as the night progressed. In the final game of the night, Eric Stokes kicked him and hit the ball, allowing Tae Crowder to score the final touchdown on a lost 60-yard return with a time of 4:38 to play.
Georgia: The Bulldogs made some unusual mistakes in the beginning, but ended up using Tennessee by controlling possession for more than 36 minutes. It is useful to have a quarter of the caliber of Fromm, who has not launched interception throughout the season. Georgia has not yet allowed a touchdown race during the season.
Tennessee: The change of quarter gave Tennessee a boost to start the match and allowed the Flights to beat Georgia for the first 25 minutes or so. But the offensive was much reduced in the second half and the defense could not put pressure on Fromm.
IMPLICATIONS OF THE INVESTIGATION
Georgia probably played well in the second half to stay in 3rd place.
At the end of the second quarter, Maurer had 10 points out of 17 for 205 yards with two touchdowns. It was 4 of 11 for 54 yards with an interception and a ball released the rest of the way.
SEE YOU NEXT TIME
Georgia hosts South Carolina on Saturday.
Tennessee receives the state of Mississippi on Saturday.