ATHENS, Ga. — Tennessee stayed perfect Saturday despite a most imperfect performance, scoring a 34-31 win over Georgia on the final play of the game.
Vols quarterback Josh Dobbs launched a 43-yard prayer into the end zone, and Tennessee receiver Jauan Jennings came down with it, silencing a sellout crowd at Sanford Stadium.
The Bulldogs appeared to be in prime position for the win when Jacob Eason hit Riley Ridley with a 47-yard touchdown pass with 10 seconds left.
The No. 11-ranked Vols (5-0, 2-0) play at Texas A&M next Saturday, while No. 25-ranked Georgia (3-2, 1-2) likely drops from SEC East Division contention.
• Dobbs keeps making plays with his feet and his arm. Another amazing performance for the senior captain.
• Jennings skied high in the pack of players to pull down the 43-yard jump ball, the second week in a row he’s scored the game-winning touchdown.
• Trevor Daniel pinned Georgia deep to set up Tennessee’s first lead of the game, dropping a 37-yard punt down to the Bulldogs’ 5-yard line two snaps before the Vols went ahead 28-24.
• Kick returner Evan Berry returned the final kick 20 yards before wisely stepping out of bounds and leaving time on the clock for the final play.
• Jalen Hurd’s fumble into the Georgia end zone took seven points off the board and ignited Sanford Stadium. The Bulldogs responded by marching for a touchdown to go up 17-0 in the second quarter.
• Tennessee’s linebackers had a tough day stuffing holes and providing adequate pursuit on the edges, as the Georgia tailbacks had their way too often. Tight end Isaac Nauta got open often.
• Alvin Kamara’s early fumble cost the Vols a field goal, but the junior captain redeemed himself with a 16-yard touchdown catch. Kamara finished with 62 yards on 16 carries and had 26 yards on 3 catches.