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Tennessee ss. Georgia: Special teams still causing concern

The Georgia Bulldogs managed to hold off the Tennessee Volunteers Saturday, but the special teams unit almost gave the game away.

Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

The Georgia Bulldogs special teams unit at times seemed like it was searching for ways to give away the game against Tennessee Saturday. Georgia was supposed to beat the Volunteers by much more than the one-touchdown, 51-44 victory it came away with.

But some miscues in the first half by the special teams allowed Tennessee to have hope it otherwise would not have. There was Malcolm Mitchell making the wrong decision in the second quarter by not fielding a punt, and the ball subsequently rolled all the way to the one-yard line.

Since the Vols were set up with nice field position off the UGA punt, it took them just four plays to cut into the lead, 27-17. Todd Gurley had a play that proved to be costly as well. Eventually, Tennessee took a brief lead over the Bulldogs.

Georgia head coach Mark Richt called it a comedy of errors.

It got so bad that Richt even replaced Mitchell with former walk-on Rhett McGowan and giving up on the idea of a return even happening.The Dawgs just need good decisions.

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