Time for Tennessee after huge win

Rob Saye

The Georgia Bulldogs (3-1, 2-0) have moved up to No. 6 in the rankings in both the AP and the USA Today polls after their thrilling 44-41 victory over the LSU Tigers last Saturday at Sanford Stadium.

For the second consecutive week, the Bulldogs will play on national television via CBS. This Saturday they travel to Knoxville to take on the Tennessee Volunteers (3-2, 0-1) at Neyland Stadium. Tennessee leads the head- to-head series 21-19-2, but Georgia has won four of the last five games—including a 51-44 shootout last season in Athens. The Vols, who will be sporting new uniforms for Saturday’s showdown, are under the command of first- year head coach Butch Jones.

Some may think the Bulldogs haven’t got- ten over their emotional win over the Tigers and could be susceptible to letdown against the Volunteers. Head coach Mark Richt put that notion to rest in a press conference on Tuesday.

“You don’t ever want to let down, but we’re playing Tennessee so I don’t foresee a letdown,” said Richt. “If we were playing somebody else, you might start talking that way, but not when you play Tennessee.”


Senior quarterback Aaron Murray is 99 yards away from breaking David Greene’s career SEC passing record, which stands at 11,528. Murray expressed what it would mean to him to accomplish the feat.

“It’s definitely an honor,” Murray assured. “It’s crazy to think about. I’ve never been a guy who’s worried about stats; it’s all about winning, winning, winning. But it’s definitely an honor to be alongside some of those guys like Greene and (Danny) Wuerffel—guys who did some unbelievable things while they were at their colleges.”


Sophomore tailback Todd Gurley suffered an ankle sprain against LSU and has been listed as day-to-day. It is unknown at this point whether Gurley will play against Tennessee on Saturday.

After registering only five sacks in the first three games, Georgia’s defensive line shook off the cobwebs and recorded four against LSU—including a first-down sack by freshman Leonard Floyd that appeared to rattle Tigers’ quarterback Zach Mettenberger on their final drive of the game.

On the opposite side of the ball, the Georgia offensive line rose to the occasion, limiting the LSU pass rush to zero sacks. This was the second consecutive game that the big hogs up front kept their field general clean for the most part.


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