ATHENS, Ga. — Wow.
What is there to say?
Tennessee beat Georgia on a 43-yard Hail Mary to Jauan Jennings as time expired, stunning the Bulldogs 34-31.
Moments earlier, the Volunteers allowed freshman quarterback Jacob Eason to complete a 47-yard touchdown pass with 10 seconds remaining to give the Dawgs what looked to be the game-winning score.
Only it didn’t last.
Here’s what Butch Jones had to say after the thrilling play.
* “What’s there to say?”
* “There’s something about this team. They’re resilient.”
* “That’s a kickoff return we’ve had for three years but haven’t ever used it. I told our kids in the huddle, ‘We’re going to come down with it. We’re going to find a way.’ … Called it the best pass of (Josh) Dobbs’ career. Jauan Jennings wasn’t going to be denied.”
* Tailback Jalen Hurd when down “with a lower extremity” injury. Praises Alvin Kamara “stepping up.”
* “It was kind of surreal. I saw the ball. Tight spiral. I thought we had a chance.”
* “It’s something I’ll never forget.” … Jones said he’s never been a game with such wild swings. “It’s a tribute to our kids. They were focused. The calmness of our sideline was surreal. There was no panic. Nobody was down. I looked the kids in the eye and told them we’d make a play. We toyed with doing a lateral play, but we decided to get the ball in the end zone and let Jauan get the football.”
* “I’m as mind-boggled by the slow starts. … But at the end of the day we’re 5-0.”
* On playing with limited LBs: “I give those guys (Colton Jumper, Cortez McDowell) credit. … We had a lot of individuals play valuable repetitions.”
* “I 100 percent firmly believed we were going to catch the football. … We found the way to win a football game on the road.”
* On slow starts: “It’s concerning. You can’t turn the football over.”
* “It’s almost like deja vu a year ago. But this team doesn’t blink.”
* “It’s a great player making a great play.”
* Jones on Hail Mary practice: “We catch it every time. … But it’s on air.”
* Jones on DL dominance in the second half: “Demeanor and execution.”