QUARTERLY REPORT
Erik Ainge

Posted Oct 9, 2004


Here's a quarter-by-quarter recap of Tennessee's 19-14 upset of No. 3 Georgia Saturday in Athens:

1st

RECAP: Erik Ainge guided the Vols 80 yards in 10 plays on their first possession for a 7-0 lead. Ainge hit Derrick Tinsley with a 39-yard pass on third-and-11 at the Vol 19 to sustain the drive and later found fullback Cory Anderson for 10 to the Georgia 23. On third-and-eight, he hit Bret Smith with a 22-yard touchdown pass.

Following a three-and-out by Georgia, Tennessee was at it again. Runs of 10 and 9 yards by Gerald Riggs, plus a 13-yard pass to C.J. Fayton moved Tennessee in position for James Wilhoit to kick a 34-yard field goal for a 10-0 lead with 2:22 left in the quarter.

Another three-and-out by Georgia ended the quarter.

KEY PLAY: Ainge's throw to Tinsley rocked the Bulldog defense back on its heels, quieted the crowd and spurred Tennessee's opening drive.

KEY PLAYER: Ainge. He completed 4 of 4 for 74 yards on Tennessee's TD drive and finished the period 6 of 8 for 93 yards.

KEY STAT: Georgia ran just six plays all quarter, gaining a measley seven yards.

2nd

RECAP: Replacing starting QB David Greene, D.J. Schockley finally got Georgia on track. He guided a seven-play, 63-yard touchdown drive by completing three of three passes, including a 25-yard TD strike to Fred Gibson. After Justin Harrell stripped Danny Ware of the ball at Georgia's 40-yard line, Tennessee moved to the 22. The drive stalled, however, and James Wilhoit missed a 40-yard field goal attempt. Tennessee got another possession moments later, and cashed in. Ainge hit Tony Brown for seven yards as the Vols moved from Georgia's 49-yard line to the 34. Wilhoit then atoned for his earlier miss by nailing a 51-yard field goal for a 13-7 Vol lead.

KEY PLAY: Harrell's strip of Ware. Even though the Vols didn't convert the turnover into points, that play shifted the momentum back to Tennessee.

KEY PLAYER: Shockley. He guided just one drive but it produced a touchdown. Inexplicably, he was back on the bench on Georgia's next possession.

KEY STAT: UT kept the ball nearly twice as long as Georgia, 19 minutes and 35 seconds to 10 minutes and 25 seconds.

3rd

RECAP: Georgia marched to Tennessee's 30-yard line on the first possession of the second half but came away empty when Greene was flagged for intentional grounding on third-and-11, bumping the Dawgs out of field-goal range.

Gerald Riggs fumbled the ball back to Georgia on UT's first play, giving the Dawgs possession at the UT 13-yard line. Tennessee's defense stopped Georgia cold, however, and Andy Bailey missed a 29-yard field goal.

Tennessee drove from its 20 to the Georgia 32-yard line -- the big play being a 23-yard pass from Ainge to Tony Brown -- but Wilhoit came up short on a 49-yard field goal attempt, leaving the score 13-7.

Georgia faked a punt on fourth-and-two at its 40-yard line but Vol linebacker Jon Poe stopped the play for no gain, and Tennessee took over on downs. Riggs had gains of 9 and 13 yards, moving Tennessee to UGA's five-yard line as the period ended.

KEY PLAY: Mark Richt's fake punt. It gave Tennessee great field position and a burst of momentum. It also rekindled memories of UT coach Bill Battle's ill-fated fake punt in a Vol-Dawg game three decades earlier.

KEY PLAYER: Poe. His big play on the fake punt would prove to be the biggest play of the game, giving Tennessee a possession that the Vols turned into an insurance TD.

KEY STAT: Georgia twice marched inside Tennessee's 30-yard line in the quarter but came away empty, thanks to the intentional-grounding penalty and the missed 29-yard field goal.

4th

RECAP: Ainge hit Chris Hannon with a four-yard touchdown pass on the second play of the period, boosting Tennessee's lead to 19-7. A two-point conversion pass failed.

After a three-and-out by Georgia, Tennessee was on the march again. Ainge hit Jayson Swain for 21 yards to the Georgia 37-yard line but Wilhoit eventually missed a 51-yard field goal try.

Georgia stormed back at this point. Greene hit Reggie Brown for 21 yards on a third-and-10, then found him for 16 yards on a third-and-15 at the Vol 24-yard line. A 10-yard toss to Brown carried the ball to Tennessee's 1-yard line, and Danny Ware scored from there on fourth-and-goal, narrowing the gap to 19-14 with 4:22 remaining.

Gerald Riggs picked up nine yards on the first play of Tennessee's ensuing possession but two more line smashes gained nothing, forcing the Vols to punt the ball away.

Starting at its 13-yard line, Georgia moved methodically down the field, Greene hitting several passes in the 8- to 12-yard range. A 22-yard strike to Fred Gibson moved the ball to Tennessee's 18-yard line with 1 second left. Greene's desperation fell incomplete in the end zone on the game's final play, sealing Tennessee's first win in the series since 1999.

KEY PLAY: The Ainge-to-Hannon TD pass. That made it a two-possession game.

KEY PLAYER: Justin Harrell. The Vol defensive tackle recorded a key sack and three pass deflections in the final quarter, helping Tennessee hold on for dear life.

KEY STAT: Ainge, making his first road start as a college QB, coolly completed 12 of 21 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns.


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