Tennessee is changing quarterbacks, having freshman Brian Maurer make his first career start Saturday against No. 3 Georgia. Georgia moved back in front with two touchdowns in the final 1:59 of the half.
A couple quick screens and wide open holes in the running game got the Bulldogs down to the Tennessee 1-yard line. UGA went on top 7-0 with 7:07 remaining in the first quarter on a one-yard plunge by D'Andre Swift and a PAT by Rodrigo Blankenship. UGA pushed its lead to 29-14 with 7:03 remaining in the third frame, as Blankenship booted a 27-yard field goal through the uprights.
Jennings had seven catches for 114 yards, and Callaway caught three passes for 105 yards. Cimaglia's subsequent PAT gave the Vols the lead at 14-10. Jake Fromm lead the Dawgs to sixteen straight points to close out the first half. Blankenship's PAT gave Georgia a 20-14 lead.
Georgia trailed for most of the second quarter before scoring two touchdowns in the final two minutes of the first half to take command. Tennessee also was idle last week following a 34-3 loss to Florida in its conference opener, and head coach Jeremy Pruitt told reporters Monday he does not plan to name a starting quarterback for Saturday.
However, on the following drive Georgia was stuffed at the line on third down, and then again on fourth, giving Maurer the ball back. Maurer threw for 66 of the 75 yards during the 10-play drive.After a 40-yard run by Brian Herrien, UGA had it first and 10 from the UT 22 on the very next possession.
Maurer strung a drive together late, but was hit in the backfield and fumbled, resulting in a 60-yard scoop and score by Tae Crowder that put Georgia up 43-14. While the Bulldogs have established themselves as the team to beat in the SEC East, the Volunteers are trying to find their way after losing to the likes of Georgia State and BYU in the season's opening month. Blankenship added the extra point after the first TD, and the Vols stymied the Bulldogs' two-point conversion following the second strike, leaving the score 26-14 at the intermission.
The Tennessee offense looked completely revitalized in the first half against Georgia, and Maurer deserves a lot of the credit.
On the ground, the Vols managed just 70 yards and the Bulldogs still haven't surrendered a rushing touchdown this year.
"It was his first career start". "I don't know. I think Brian competed really hard".
"When we see adversity, we want to run straight at adversity", Fromm said. I thought Jarrett did a good job when he was in there.
Teams can not win games consistently.