Quarterly Report


Posted Oct 8, 2006


What follows is an in-depth look at Tennessee's shocking 51-33 defeat of No. 10 Georgia Saturday evening in Athens. Each quarter is broken down into a recap, a key play, a key player and a key statistic.

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UT 0 Quarter 1 15:00 0 UGA
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The homestanding Bulldogs drove from UT's 45-yard line to the 5, going up 3-0 on a 22-yard Andy Bailey field goal. Tennessee answered with a nine-play, 60-yard drive, capped by a 17-yard Erik Ainge-to-Bret Smith touchdown pass. Georgia answered with an eight-play, 80-yard drive, scoring on the last play of the quarter when fullback Brannan Southerland scored from one-yard out.
KEY PLAY

Georgia converted two third-and-long situations on its TD drive. The first was a 34-yard pass from Joe Tereshinski to Mohamed Massaquoi on third-and-16 at the UGA 14-yard line. The second was a 47-yard pass from Tereshinski to A.J. Bryant on on third-and-13 at the Georgia 45-yard line.

KEY PLAYER

Tereshinski. The unsung Georgia QB completed 5 of 7 passes for 92 yards.

KEY STAT

Georgia had just two possessions in the quarter, parlaying the first into a 40-yard field goal drive and the second into an 80-yard TD drive.



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UT 7 Quarter 1 00:00 10 UGA
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Georgia's Mikey Henderson returned a punt 85 yards untouched for a touchdown on the eighth play of the quarter, padding the Dawgs' lead to 16-7. Bailey missed the PAT but got a second chance because UT was offsides. He made the second try, widening the gap to 17-7. Georgia drove 81 yards in eight plays late in the quarter, going up 24-7 on an eight-yard pass from Tereshinski to Southerland. UT answered with a clutch 11-play, 65-yard drive that ended with a one-yard Arian Foster touchdown run 50 seconds shy of halftime.
KEY PLAY

Henderson's 85-yard punt return. At the time it gave the Dawgs incredible momentum.

KEY PLAYER

Vol QB Erik Ainge. He completed 8 of 11 passes in the quarter for 65 yards.

KEY STAT

Georgia's woeful passing attack burned Tennessee for 127 first-half yards on 7 completions in 9 attempts.



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UT 14 Quarter 2 00:00 24 UGA
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The Vols got a break when Marvin Mitchell deflected a Georgia pass and Antwan Stewart intercepted at the Bulldog 19-yard line on the second scrimmage play of the half. Ainge got the TD on a one-yard sneak six plays later, narrowing the deficit to 24-21. Bailey hit a 34-yard field goal for Georgia but James Wilhoit answered with a 37-yard field goal for UT. Jonathan Wade intercepted at the UGA 36-yard line two plays before the quarter ended.
KEY PLAY

Stewart's interception. It enabled UT to close a 10-point deficit to three and gave the Vols a tremendous emotional lift.

KEY PLAYER

Vol wideout Robert Meachem. He had three catches for 53 yards in the quarter.

KEY STAT

Tennessee's two interceptions in the quarter set up two Vol touchdowns.



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UT 24 Quarter 3 00:00 27 UGA
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Ainge hit Meachem with a 16-yard TD pass on the second play of the quarter, giving Tennessee its first lead of the game, 31-27. Five plays later, Antonio Wardlow blocked a Gordon Ely-Kelso punt and recovered it himself for a TD that put UT on top 38-27. The lead lasted just 18 seconds, however, as Thomas Brown returned the ensuing kickoff 100 yards. Georgia's two-point conversion pass failed, leaving the score 38-33. A 32-yard kickoff return by LaMarcus Coker gave UT possession at its 45-yard line. The Vols then marched 55 yards in eight plays, Foster getting the TD on a one-yard run that gave UT a 44-33 lead with 8:15 to go. Wilhoit missed the PAT but Marvin Mitchell forced a Tereshinski fumble and Jerod Mayo recovered at the Georgia 44-yard line. Tennessee then closed the deal with a 44-yard drive that ended with Foster's third one-yard TD run of the night.
KEY PLAY

Wardlow's blocked punt. That's the kind of big special-teams play that Tennessee rarely makes.

KEY PLAYER

Marvin Mitchell. The Vol linebacker seemed to be everywhere. He caused the Tereshinski fumble that set up UT's last TD and tipped a Matthew Stafford pass that was intercepted by Jonathan Hefney to snuff Georgia's final possession.

KEY STAT

Tennessee's six second-half possessions produced five touchdowns and a field goal.



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UT 51 Quarter 4 00:00 33 UGA
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More in-depth info...

Game #: 1122
Site: Athens
Date: Oct. 7
Conference: SECE
Coach Match-up:
For the Vols - Fulmer and for the Bulldogs - Richt



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