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Tennessee Vs. Georgia: Bulldogs hold off Vols 51-44

Georgia hangs on for a 51-44 win over Tennessee to move to 5-0 on the season

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Georgia leading 51-37 heading to the fourth

The Georgia Bulldogs bounced back nicely from a sloppy second quarter, putting up three touchdowns out of the half to lead the Tennessee Volunteers 51-37 heading into the fourth.

Tennessee wasn't able to carry their momentum from the second quarter over to their opening possession with their run game getting swallowed up to lead to a quick punt. Georgia QB Aaron Murray would then get his chemistry going with his tight ends, completing a 38-yard pass to Arthur Lynch before hooking up with Michael Bennett for an 8-yard score.

The Volunteers' next drive ended with Georgia safety Marc Deas blocking a punt to give the Bulldogs the ball at Tennessee's 46. Following a few runs from RB Todd Gurley, Murray hooked up with Bennett for another touchdown, this time from 32 yards out. Yet again. though, the extra point would be unsuccessful with the Volunteers getting through for a block.

Now down 13 points, Tennessee WR Cordarrelle Patterson would put the Volunteers on the board for the first time in the second half on a 46-yard touchdown off a reverse. Not to be outdone, RB Keith Marshall answered with his second 70-plus-yard touchdown run of the day, bursting through a gaping hole to find pay dirt on a 72-yard dash. Murray would then nail the reliable Marlon Brown to convert on the two-point try.

Tennessee QB Tyler Bray had a nice 62-yard connection with TE Mychal Rivera late in the quarter but kicker Derrick Brodus would miss the 28-yard field goal with a few seconds remaining.

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Georgia tied at 30 after sloppy second quarter

Following an explosive first quarter, the Georgia Bulldogs beat themselves with sloppy play, allowing the Tennessee Volunteers to tie up the game at 30 through one half of play.

This score is surprising considering freshman running backs Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall have combined for 183 rushing yards and four touchdowns while QB Aaron Murray only has three incompletions on 15 attempts.

All three of the Bulldogs' first-quarter scores would come from their freshman running backs with Gurley getting scores from 2 yards and 1 yard out and Marshall busting off a 75-yard TD scamper down the sideline. In between all that fun, Aaron Murray tossed Byron Moore a pick-six but, other than that, the first 15 minutes was all about the Bulldogs.

And that domination would carry over early in the second, with Tennessee QB Tyler Bray serving up an interception to CB Damian Swann on a tipped ball to open up the quarter. Following a modest 5-yard rush, Gurley would then bust off 51-yard touchdown sprint with Tennessee defenders fruitlessly swiping at a red blur. But a miss on the point after from kicker Marshall Morgan would act as a sign of the bad luck coming Georgia's way.

After trading punts, the Volunteers proceeded to go on their first touchdown drive of the game as they went all in with their passing attack. The 50-yard drive would end with do-it-all linebacker A.J. Johnson scoring from 2 yards away out of the wildcat.

And the Bulldogs would feel Johnson's impact again just two plays later when he recovered a fumble on Georgia's 8-yard line off a sack from LB Herman Lathers. With the ideal starting field position, Bray delivered his first touchdown pass of the day to senior WR Zach Rogers from 4 yards out. But just like Morgan, Volunteers kicker Derrick Brodus was unable to convert the extra point.

Still, the fumble party continued on Georgia's next drive when Marshall coughed up the ball for the second consecutive possession. And once again, Bray took full advantage, finding RB Rajion Neal for a 10-yard score to give the Volunteers their first lead of the game.

Instead of waving the white flag though, Murray orchestrated a 43-yard drive with only 42 seconds left to play with three quick completions. Morgan then redeemed himself for the missed extra point by stroking a 50-yard field goal to even up the game at 30 with the teams heading into their locker rooms.

The Volunteers will be getting the ball back to begin the second half.

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Freshman RBs pace Georgia to 21-10 lead

With freshman running backs Todd Gurley (33 yards, 2 TDs) and Keith Marshall (90 yards, 1 TD) leading the charge, the Georgia Bulldogs have jumped out to a 21-10 lead over the Tennessee Volunteers with one quarter in the books.

Georgia began the game with a prolific drive, moving 84 yards in 13 plays to set up a two-yard rushing touchdown from Gurley.

The Bulldogs would carry that momentum to defense, forcing a three-and-out on Tennesee's first possession. But instead of jumping out to an even larger lead, QB Aaron Murray thew a pick-six to S Byron Moore, putting the Volunteers right back in the game.

That tie would be short lived though with Marshall busting off a 75-yard rushing score on the Bulldogs' first play from scrimmage. Tennessee responded by putting together their best drive of the game with QB Tyler Bray getting 40 yards through the air, allowing kicker Derrick Brodus to sneak in a 34-yard field goal.

On Georgia's following drive, Murray would match Bray's solid play, finding TE Jay Rome for a 21-yard completion before hooking up with WR Tavarres King on 31-yard strike. King's next catch appeared to be a touchdown after he dragged the defender into the end zone but the referees would overturn the call and place the ball on the one. Gurley then pounded it in with ease for his second touchdown of the day to put Georgia up 21-7.

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Rambo, Ogletree set to return for Georgia

Georgia's defense could get boost from returning starters Bacarri Rambo and Alec Ogletree

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Will Friend wants improvement from line

Georgia offensive line coach Will Friend talks about his unit.

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Abry Jones Likely To Play Against Tennessee

Georgia defensive lineman Abry Jones is likely to play against the Tennessee Volunteers this weekend.

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Aaron Murray's preparation pays off for Georgia

Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray has been called a nerd, but his bookish preparations are clearly paying dividends.

Not only is his team undefeated and ranked fourth in the country, but Murray is on track to become Georgia's all-time touchdowns leader. He is just four touchdowns shy of David Greene's record of 72.

For Chip Towers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Murray's devotion to studying has been just as important as his myriad physical talents.

Coach Mark Richt agrees, adding,

"Aaron just prepares really like no one we've had. ... And we've had guys that work hard. All of our guys work hard at preparing, but Murray just takes it to another level in how he prepares for the game."

So far this season, Murray has already passed for 1,092 yards and 10 touchdowns, with just two interceptions. The Georgia offense leads the SEC in points per game (47.5) and total yards per game (530).

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Abry Jones will likely play on Saturday for UGA

The Georgia Bulldogs have seen their share of defenders on the sidelines this year due to injuries and suspensions, but Abry Jones will not be added to that list on Saturday. The defensive end, who is nursing an ankle injury, will be good to go on Saturday against Tennessee, according to the Athens Banner-Herald.

Jones didn't practice Tuesday, but Mark Richt is not concerned.

"He’ll be fine," Grantham said. "He knows the gameplan of what we’re going to do. I think it was more important for him to get rest and get some treatment and be fresh."

Jones, a senior from Warner Robbins, Ga., has 13 tackles in four games this season. For his career, he has appeared in 43 games and has recorded five sacks.

He will needed on Sunday against the Volunteers. Tennessee has the ninth best attack in the FBS this season, averaging 341.3 passing yards per game.

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Mark Richt reminds Georgia of 2004 loss to Vols

Georgia Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt is preparing his team to face the Tennessee Volunteers by making sure their egos don't get in the way of their preparation. Richt made sure to remind the team that Georgia had been in this situation before, reports the Macon Telegraph.

In 2004, Georgia was 5-0, ranked No. 3, and favored to beat the Volunteers. Tennessee upset the Bulldogs at home, winning 19-14. Richt, quoted in the Telegraph:

"I just told them that this situation just reminded me of that season," Richt said. "We played a game like we played against Vanderbilt when we played LSU (the week before) in '04. It was one of those what you would call complete game, or people would try to say that. Evertything just seemed to work that day. Everything went well that day. And then the very next week we were favored to beat Tennessee, Tennessee came in with their freshman quarterback and beat us. So I just wanted them to understand that it could happen and we better get our minds right."

Since that loss, the Bulldogs have gone 4-3 against the Vols. Georgia is currently 4-0 and ranked No. 5. If Richt wants to see 5-0 and keep climbing the rankings, he knows he needs to keep his team humble and focused.

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Malcolm Mitchell to spend time on offense

Malcolm Mitchell will begin splitting his time for the Georgia Bulldogs between the offense and the defense, the Macon Telegraph reports. Originally a wide receiver, the sophomore spent the first four games of the season as a cornerback.

With safety Bacarri Rambo returning from suspension, the defense is no longer quite so thin in the secondary, and so Mitchell can transition back to offense. For his part, Mitchell doesn't seem bothered by being asked to play one position or another, simply stating that he'd like to help out any way he could. Quoted in the Telegraph:

"I knew from the beginning what it was gonna be. Of course I came over to help while they were gone. At that point it was just whatever needed to be done. To me it doesn't really bother me which way I go. I just want to have fun and win."

Georgia faces the Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday.

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Tennessee Vs. Georgia: Bulldogs Not Overlooking Vols

Georgia is favored to beat the Tennessee Volunteers by double digits this weekend, but Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt is aware that the Vols are plenty capable of pulling off an upset. In discussing the matchup on Sunday, Richt was complimentary of Tennessee's passing game:

"[Tennessee is] throwing and catching it extremely well, and their run game is starting to come around, too. ... They want balance in their attack, but it's hard to have balance when you've got the kind of receivers they've got."

Related: Monday Dawg Bites: September 24, 2012

Tennessee entered the week ranked eighth nationally in pass offense and 24th in passing efficiency. With talented receiving options in Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson, quarterback Tyler Bray has been putting up big numbers.

For more on the Bulldogs be sure to check out Dawg Sports. Tennessee Vols news and info can be found over at Rocky Top Talk, and all your college football coverage is available at SB Nation's college football page and Team Speed Kills.

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