Georgia vs. TENNESSEE SCORE, TAKEAWAYS: The no. 3 Dog’s Dominating Tournament Wins No. 1 stifled block offense

On a rainy day at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia, No. 3 Georgia dominated No. 1 Tennessee, making it even more depressing for the Volunteers’ national championship aspirations. The Bulldogs moved into sole possession of first place in the SEC East standings after a 27-13 upset of the rival Vols that continued Georgia’s poor run as the defending champions and knocked Tennessee off its unbeaten streak.

Tennessee entered the game with the top scoring offense in the nation, but Georgia’s dominant defense — led by star defensive lineman Jalen Carter — held the blocks without a touchdown through three quarters. Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker, a Heisman Trophy candidate, enters the game without a single passing game of 20 or more yards, despite being a staple of this high-tempo offense.

Georgia QB Stetson Bennett IV scrambled for a 13-yard touchdown on the Dogs’ second drive, making it a 7-3 ball game early in the contest. The defense pinned Tennessee deep, and Paxton Brooks was forced to punt from the shadow of his own goal post. That set up Georgia’s offense in great field position, and Bennett promptly threw a 37-yard touchdown to Ladd McConkey to make it a 14-3 game. Bennett followed that up with a 5-yard strike to Marcus Rosemi-Jacquessaint in the second quarter to make it 21-3. Back then, it was smooth sailing for the defending champion.

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