Quarterly Report


Posted Oct 8, 2005


What follows is a quarter-by-quarter breakdown of Georgia's 27-14 defeat of Tennessee Saturday night at Neyland Stadium.

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UT 0 Quarter 1 15:00 0 UGA
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Tennessee opened its first possession with a 33-yard pass from Rick Clausen to Bret Smith, then stalled. The Vols opened their second possession with a 25-yard pass from Clausen to Chris Hannon, then stalled.

Georgia went 83 yards in 14 plays on its third possession to go up 7-0. D.J. Shockley completed three clutch third-down passes to sustain the drive, and fullback Brannan Southerland scored from the 1-yard line with just 17 seconds left in the period.

KEY PLAY

TIE: On third and eight at the Georgia 30-yard line, Shockley hit Southerland for 10 yards. On third and 10 at the UGA 49, he hit Martrez Milner for 20. On third and five at the Vol 26, he hit Mohamed Massaquoi for 15.

KEY PLAYER

Shockley. On Georgia's TD drive he hit four of six pass attempts for 46 yards. He also ran for 17 yards, single-handedly accounting for 63 of the drive's 83 yards.

KEY STAT

Georgia was 3 for 5 on third-down conversions. UT was 0 for 2.



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UT 0 Quarter 1 00:00 7 UGA
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The defenses dominated Period 2 until Tennessee mounted its lone sustained drive of the first half. A 23-yard pass from Clausen to Bret Smith helped the Vols reach UGA's 15-yard line. Smith broke free in the middle of the end zone but Clausen's high throw skipped off the receiver's fingertips, costing UT the tying touchdown. On the very next play DeMario Minter intercepted Clausen in the left corner of the end zone, snuffing the threat.

Georgia recovered a Clausen fumble (TV replays suggested UT recovered) at the Vol 25-yard line. The Dawgs wound up getting an 18-yard Brandon Couto field goal on the final play of the half to go up 10-0.

KEY PLAY

Clausen's throw to Smith. It was a tad high but appeared catchable. Regardless, a connection there would've tied the game at 7-all and might have provided a huge emotional lift for UT. Instead, Minter's interception provided one for the Bulldogs one play later.

KEY PLAYER

Leonard Pope, Georgia's 6-7, 250-pound tight end, caught three passes for 43 yards in the quarter.

KEY STAT

Tennessee started its four second-quarter possessions at its 6-yard line, its 2, its 26 and its 8.



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UT 0 Quarter 2 00:00 10 UGA
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Pope continued to find creases in UT's secondary, making a 27-yard catch that moved the ball to Tennessee's 13-yard line. The Vol defense stiffened at this point, and the Dawgs settled for a 25-yard field goal and a 13-0 lead.

Tennessee advanced to Georgia's 30-yard line but Rob Smith was called for a chop block on third-and-one. After a 15-yard penalty, Clausen hit Robert Meachem at the UGA 15-yard line but Meachem dropped the pass and Tennessee punted.

Two plays later, Jonathan Wade stepped in front of Massaquoi on an out route, intercepted Shockley's belated pass and returned it 34 yards to the Bulldog 1-yard line. Clausen sneaked over for the TD, closing the gap to 13-7 with 57 seconds left in the quarter.

KEY PLAY

Meachem's drop. If he catches that ball at the UGA 15-yard line, UT should at least get three points out of that drive.

KEY PLAYER

Hefney. His interception return broke Georgia's momentum and got Tennessee back in the game.

KEY STAT

Georgia's only turnover of the first three quarters was a doozy. It basically gave Tennessee a gift touchdown.



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UT 7 Quarter 3 00:00 13 UGA
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Thomas Flowers fielded a Vol punt, hit an opening and went 54 yards for a touchdown that widened the gap to 20-7 and basically killed Tennessee's comeback hopes.

Georgia shredded a weary Vol defense with run after run on its final drive of the game. Thomas Brown capped the march with an 18-yard touchdown run that boosted the score to 27-7 with just 1:44 remaining.

With Georgia playing prevent defense, Tennessee nickeled and dimed its way downfield. Clausen hit Meachem with a 24-yard touchdown pass on the game's final play, moving the score to a deceptive 27-14.

KEY PLAY

Flowers' punt return touchdown. That play stuck the knife in Tennessee's heart and twisted it.

KEY PLAYER

Flowers. Simply put, his return sealed the deal.

KEY STAT

Tennessee rushed 26 times for a mere 48 yards, less than 2.0 yards per carry. The Vols were penalized 12 times for 78 yards and lost three turnovers. That's a recipe for disaster.



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UT 14 Quarter 4 00:00 27 UGA
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More in-depth info...

Game #: 1110
Site: Knoxville
Date: Oct. 8
Conference: SECE
Coach Match-up:
For the Vols - Fulmer and for the Bulldogs - Richt



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