Instant Analysis: UGA become Vols’ latest comeback victim


ATHENS — Well, maybe it’s Tennessee’s year after all.

In a game for the ages, the Vols’ topped the Bulldogs’ last-second touchdown bomb with one of their own. Josh Dobbs’ Hail Mary 43-yard pass with no time remaining on the clock was caught by wide receiver Jauan Jennings for a game-winning touchdown in a 34-31 thriller. The 6-foot-3 Jennings out-jumped Georgia’ 6-foot safety Dominique Sanders and 6-6 outside linebacker for the football. The Bulldogs had seven defenders in the end zone.

The play trumped the heroics of Georgia freshman Jacob Eason just six seconds earlier. Eason hit Riley Ridley with a 47-yard touchdown pass with 10 seconds remaining to bring the Georgia Bulldogs back from the brink of what had looked like certain defeat.

Eason’s bomb atoned for a fumble less than three minutes earlier that came when he was sacked by Tennessee’s Derek Barnett. The ball was recovered by Corey Vereen for a touchdown for the Vols’ first lead of the game to that point.

With the victory, the Vols improve to 5-0 and 2-0 in the SEC. At 3-2 overall and 1-2 in league play, Georgia needs Tennessee to lose three times now to contend for the East.

Tennessee had not beaten Georgia in Sanford Stadium in 10 years. After losing five in a row the Vols has now won the last two games in the series.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • Star of game: You have to go with Tennessee quarterback Josh Dobbs. The senior from Alpharetta finished with 230 yards on 16-of-26 passing and three touchdowns. Dobbs also accounted for five touchdowns in last year’s win over Georgia in Knoxville.
  • Turning point: Georgia led 17-0 with exactly two minutes remaining in the first half when Tennessee took over at the 36 after a 34-yard kickoff return. A 31-yard pass to Josh Smith quickly got the Vols into Georgia territory. Eventually, Dobbs would score on a four-yard run on a scramble play that had to be review to see whether he was out of bounds before crossing the plane. The TD call stood up, and that gave the Vols a score 12 seconds before halftime knowing they’d receive the second-half kickoff.
  • Questions answered: Once again, Eason showed a penchant for making big plays for the Bulldogs. Had the Vols not pulled off the Hail Mary play at the end, he would have logged his second last-minute, game-winning TD of the young season. Eason was 17-of-28 for 211 yards and two touchdowns in the game. He was sacked three times and threw on interception.
  • Questions looming: What will Nick Chubb’s availability be going forward. The Bulldogs’ star tailback was questionable for this game with an ankle injury suffered against Ole Miss. He warmed up Saturday and went into the game for one play on Georgia’s second offensive possession. He had a three-yard carry at left tackle and did not retwen
  • What it means: The loss will make it very, very difficult for the Bulldogs to contend for the Eastern Division champions. Now Georgia (3-2, 1-2 SEC) will need Tennessee to lose three times to overtake them in the division.


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