The Tennessee Volunteers’ comeback ended before it could ever truly begin with their three fourth-quarter turnovers allowing the Georgia Bulldogs to hang on for a 51-44 win.
The Bulldogs jumped out to a quick 27-10 lead in the early second with freshman running backs Todd Gurleyand Keith Marshall finding the end zone a total of five times as a pair. But a miss on the point after from Georgia kicker Marshall Morgan would act as an omen for the sloppy play to come.
Following a 1-yard touchdown from the Vols’ do-it-all linebacker A.J. Johnson out of the wildcat, Tennessee QB Tyler Bray would get his first touchdowns of the game after the Bulldogs set him up in the red zone twice with two costly fumbles.
A 50-yard Marshall field goal to close out the half along with two Aaron Murray-to-Michael Bennett touchdown connections gave the Bulldogs a 13-point cushion in the middle of the third.
But Tennessee had no aspirations of going down that easily with WR Cordarrelle Patterson finding pay dirt on a 46-yard reverse. Georgia answered back with Keith Marshall busting off his second 70-plus-yard touchdown run of the day as he sprinted 72 yards through a gaping hole.
Tennessee had their chances in the fourth after RB Rajion Neal cut the lead the deficit to 7 with a 9-yard rushing touchdown. Ultimately, though, they’d come up short with the three aforementioned turnovers (two interceptions and a fumble) putting a damper on their final three drives.
The University of Georgia honored it’s Olympic Athletes during stops in the game but it also honored an Gold Medal organization. Remember the One.org was given the UGA – TEAM UGA award for it’s unselfish giving attitude. The organization is an online resource for all of the “ones” in our lives. The website gives anyone the ability to share their story by creating a journey page that can be private, public or semi-private.
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