It was a day to forget on the field as Tennessee football lost to the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday. While the score was 27-13, the game wasn’t even that close. Georgia dominated from start to finish, and to be quite honest, the Vols didn’t look anywhere near the team that was No. 1 in the College Football Playoff rankings.
Heck, Rocky Top didn’t look like the No. 2 or the No. 3 team either. Georgia worked to make sure Josh Heupel couldn’t dial up any big plays, and then they shut the Vols down with a dominant pass rush and elite tackling. The result was very few chances to generate any highlights.
However, there were a few, and as we continue looking back on the Vols’ first loss of the season, we can point to the few, brief moments that gave fans hope in the game. Let’s remember what they felt like as they were happening. These are Tennessee football’s highlights in their 27-13 loss to Georgia on the road Saturday.
Tamarion McDonald recovers Daijun Edwards fumble
Bryson Eason recovers Branson Robinson
Jaylen Wright 5-yard touchdown run
That’s it. There were no more highlights. The Vols’ longest offensive play of the game was a 28-yard completion to Jalin Hyatt which set up that Jaylen Wright touchdown. If we were going to pull anything else, it would be that play. Instead, though, this is all we have to go on, and it really shows just how much Georgia dominated.
Part of this, to be fair, was Georgia’s commitment to taking away the deep ball. The Vols seemed to get impatient at times as a result, as they could’ve relied on the underneath routes all they wanted to. However, Georgia’s complex blitz packages did make some of those routes difficult to handle, to be fair.
Two Chase McGrath field goals were the only other highlights, and to be fair, he did hit a 47-yarder on the opening drive. Simply put, Tennessee football gave its fans very little to celebrate on the day, and it had a lot to do with how elite Georgia was on defense.