Dawgs hold off Vols

Rob Saye

In one of the wildest games in Georgia history, the Bulldogs won in a shootout 51-44 against Tennessee.

It looked like the game was over in the second quarter as the Bulldogs jumped to an early 27-10 lead. But thanks to two costly fumbles by the Bulldogs late in the second quarter, the Vols took a 30-27 lead.

That would be the only time the Vols would lead as Marshall Morgan kicked a 50-yard field goal to tie the game at 30 going into halftime.

The Bulldogs would take back the lead early in the third quarter when Aaron Murray threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Michael Bennett. Murray would find Bennett again for a 32-yard score five minutes later to increase the lead to 13.

Tennessee would answer on the ensuing drive as Cordarrelle Patterson ran for a 47-yard score. The Bulldogs quickly answered that score when Marshall ran for a 72-yard score.

The Vols would make things interesting early in the fourth quarter when Rajion Neal scored on a 9-yard run to cut the Bulldogs lead to seven.

But that would be as close as the Vols would come. On the next Tennessee possession after the defense force a Georgia punt, Bray was intercepted by Sanders Commings. When the Vols once again took the field on offense, Bray would be sacked by Jordan Jenkins and would fumble the ball with John Jenkins recovering the fumble.

The Vols had one more shot as they had the ball with 15 seconds to go with the ball at their own 35, but Commings would pick off another Bray pass to end the game.

The Bulldogs defense did give up 478 yards of offense but forced four turnovers, including three in the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs’ offense tallied 560 yards including 282 yards on the ground.

Todd Gurley finished with 130 yards on 24 carries and three touchdowns. He scored his first TD in the first quarter to give the Bulldogs the 7-0 lead.

Marshall led all rushers with 167 yards on 10 carries and two touchdowns. He would score his first TD on a 75-yard run a minute after Gurley’s first touchdown to take a 14-7 lead.

Murray finished his night going 19-of-25 for 278 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. His pick came in the first quarter when Byron Moore caught the ball on a tipped play and returned it for a 35-yard score to tie the game at seven.

Gurley would score his two other touchdowns late in the first quarter and early in the second quarter to give the Bulldogs the 27-10 lead. He leads the SEC in rushing with 536 yards and nine touchdowns.

This game also marked the return for Alec Ogletree and Bacarri Rambo, who were each suspended the first four games of the year. Both players looked like they wanted to play earlier as both were the top two tacklers on the team. Ogletree led all defenders with 14 tackles and three pass breakups while Rambo added nine.

The Bulldogs improved to 5-0 while the Vols dropped to 3-2. Georgia will look to go 6-0 with a huge game against South Carolina next Saturday.

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