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Tennessee can’t hold on to upset of Georgia

Rajion Neal, Josh Harvey-Clemons AP

Tennessee may have just clinched the spot for most painful loss of the season. After Georgia drove down field at the end of regulation to tie the game with seconds to spare, Tennessee had a touchdown wiped out by instant replay in overtime. Alton Howard swept to the right sideline and lunged for the end zone. Unfortunately for the Vols, that second effort may have ended up costing Tennessee the game. Howard lost control of the football at the one-yard line and the football went out-of-bounds for a touchback after the video review. A game-winning field goal by Marshall Morgan gave Georgia the 34-31 victory to keep BCS championship plans in order.

The win may have been a costly one for Georgia, with a number of players needing to be treated for injuries.

Without Todd Gurley going in to the game, Georgia lost their next top running threat when Keith Marshall had to be taken out with a left knee injury. He would later return t the sidelines on crutches and street clothes, but there is no update on the severity of the injury and none should be available until Mark Richt‘s regularly scheduled Sunday press conference. Wide receivers Michael Bennett and Justin Scott-Wesley each had to be taken out of the game for leg injuries. Bennett’s injury was very alarming as it was to the same right knee he had previously suffered an ACL injury.The injury list continued to grow so much it even left Georgia without punter¬†Collin Barber, who would be sidelined with a concussion.

The wild second half started with Tennessee cutting in to Georgia’s halftime lead and tying the game at 17-17. Tennessee’s defense came out with a new attitude after the break and a blocked punt returned for a touchdown brought the Vols back from a 17-3 deficit. The fourth quarter saw each team put up 14 more points. Tennessee looked to have the game’s momentum with a touchdown drive assisted by three separate fourth-down conversions. But if there is anything the past month has demonstrated it is that as long as Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray is healthy, the Bulldogs have a chance. Murray, who set a new SEC career passing yardage record during the game, led Georgia down field for a game-tying score with seconds to spare. A short pass to¬†Rantavious Wooten tied the game at 31-31.

Georgia will return home next week to play Missouri in another SEC East battle. Georgia has scored at least 40 points in Athens in each of their first three home games this season. How many players are available for the Bulldogs will remain to be seen.

Tennessee will continue a brutal three-game stretch after a bye week. In two weeks Tennessee will host South Carolina and the following week will visit Alabama.

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12 Responses to “Tennessee can’t hold on to upset of Georgia”
  1. amosalanzostagg says: Oct 5, 2013 7:47 PM

    Felt for the Howard kid….No one wants to be the goat.

    Hey Big 12, notice how the SEC crew got the call right the first time and didn’t have to wait for instructions from the Conference office?

    RTR

  2. tulsacyfan says: Oct 5, 2013 7:48 PM

    Take notes Texa$ Conference (dba Big 12) officals, that is how a replay official is supposed to do his job in an unbiased manner.

    That is the difference between the SEC and the Texa$ Banana Republic Conference.

  3. BrownsTown says: Oct 5, 2013 7:50 PM

    All of these glowing remarks for the officials that were throwing flags left and right to help UGA tie it up at the end of regulation…..

  4. thegloriousone says: Oct 5, 2013 7:50 PM

    Hey, Tennessee…

    After the game was over, you looked sad.

    Why? You should be celebrating! A fellow SEC team won a nail biter!

    SEC! SEC! Remember?

  5. tulsacyfan says: Oct 5, 2013 7:55 PM

    Hey BrownsTown, I have no dog in this fight. I guess that is how low the Texa$ Conference standards are that this officiating actually looked good by comparison.

  6. speedel says: Oct 5, 2013 8:14 PM

    doesn’t this imply that Oregon’s offense and defense is better then Georgia’s? and that Clemson and Oregon are Beyer then all in the sec but possibly bama?

    so one of the 2 defenses (Florida aside) that returned a great defense allowed 31 to Tennessee.

    #SECdefence. …

  7. be4bama says: Oct 5, 2013 8:23 PM

    I love SEC football…..SEC SEC SEC
    ROLL TIDE

  8. gamustangdude says: Oct 5, 2013 8:42 PM

    @speedol

    There’s no such thing as “imply” in college football. I wonder how Oregon would’ve faired without it’s 1st and 2nd stream RBs as well as losing their top three recievers two in the game and one before the game.

    It’s easy to talk crap when all you do is look at the final score.

    FYI UGA lost 9 starters on defense last year, 8 to the NFL. So no, UGA wasn’t returning a top defense, I don’t know any team in the country that has a top defense with 7+ freshman playing each week.

    Want to troll the SEC? know your stuff first. Second, beat any SEC team not named tenn please. “this oregon team is different” right? Heard that before.

    Yeah it was close, closer than it should’ve been however, very difficult for any team to win with losing 5 offensive starters. Especially since all 5 of those offensive starters lost, were in skill positions.

    I ran out of excuses, I’m pretty sure you’ll have some though.

  9. Deb says: Oct 5, 2013 9:06 PM

    @thegloriousone …

    Would it do any good for me to tell you not to be an ass? I mean … is it anything you can help?

    We’re all fans of our own teams–and within the conference, we have intense and sometimes bitter rivalries. Of course, it hurt Tennessee to lose a divisional game that was so close. I hurt for them–and Alabama fans hate Tennessee. But when all is said and done, we have conference pride. It’s like rooting for kids from your own school to make the Olympic team, but then being proud to root for Team USA.

    Are you really too stupid to get that?

  10. thegloriousone says: Oct 5, 2013 9:16 PM

    Deb,

    Do yourself a favor and look up “sarcasm”.

    SEC! SEC!

    My team sucks! That’s okay! Yours is SOOOOO AWESOME!!

  11. boukengreen says: Oct 5, 2013 9:41 PM

    Sorry you’re a SEC hater

  12. Deb says: Oct 5, 2013 10:49 PM

    gloriousone …

    Think I’ve got sarcasm covered. But thanks for the suggestion. :)

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