Georgia didn't forget last two losses

Seniors wanted to go out with win against UT

ATHENS, Ga. - Aside from the obvious national and conference implications involved in No. 10 Georgia's 26-14 win over Tennessee on Saturday, the Bulldogs were more than happy to gain a major measure of revenge over their longtime foes from the north.

The decisive victories against Georgia the past two seasons were front and center in the minds of veteran Bulldogs, who were outscored 86-47 in ththose games. And the decisive way Georgia (5-1, 2-1 SEC) won Saturday's game made for an air of satisfaction in the home locker room.

"I am so thankful for this win, I can't even tell you," said Georgia coach Mark Richt. "I'm sure the Bulldog Nation is pretty excited and I am thankful for them."

The Bulldogs ran off 81 plays to Tennessee's 45 and amassed 458 offensive yards to the Vols' 209.

"You always want to go out and beat everybody, but I think everybody on this team remembers the last time we played (Tennessee)," said senior split end Mohamed Massaquoi, who caught five passes for 103 yards and a touchdown. "Our seniors are a proud group and we wanted to go out with a win against Tennessee."

Georgia reached the Tennessee red zone seven times and scored five times; the only times the Bulldogs weren't able to come away with at least a field goal came when quarterback Matthew Stafford was intercepted, once in the second quarter and once in the third, leading to both of the Vols' touchdowns.

"On that first interception, the defensive end (Robert Ayers) doesn't rush, it's a screen pass and he makes a great play - I'm not upset about that one," said Stafford, who completed 25 of 36 passes for 310 yards, his first 300-yard passing game for Georgia. "On the second one, I'm throwing to a spot and (safety) Eric Berry also makes a great play. He got in our receiver's face and made a play on the ball."

Georgia players also were excited about the victory because it not only exorcised the memory of its last two losses to Tennessee, but it also went a long way toward helping everyone forget a dispiriting 41-30 loss to No. 2 Alabama, which followed a similar script from last year's Tennessee game, when the Vols jumped out to a 28-point lead in the first half.

"Any win will wash the nasty taste of that game out of your mouth," said senior split end Kenneth Harris. "We've been sitting on that (Alabama loss) for two weeks with the open date. Thinking about that game made us want to play that much harder (Saturday)."

"We had to put that Alabama game behind us," said junior cornerback Prince Miller. "You can't dwell on something like that, but we knew we wanted to come out and play a good game right from the beginning."

Next weekend, the Bulldogs will entertain their other Tennessee-based foe, Vanderbilt, which saw its perfect season unravel Saturday with a loss to Mississippi State.

"I hadn't even thought about that," said freshman kicker Brandon Walsh, who accounted for four field goals and two extra points against Tennessee. "It would be really nice to sweep the teams from Tennessee this year."

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Alumni_06 writes:

good effort my a*s!!! Chavis refuses to play receivers closer than 15 yards to the football, which continuously allowed Georgia and every other team in the world to pick up 5-7 yards at a time, THIS TEAM IS TERRIBLE, it all started when they changed from man blocking to zone blocking, thats exactly why we haven't been able to run the d*mn football

stormblast writes:

Yeah, whatever...

Georgia...perhaps an above average team. We beat ourself again. Again... Again.

Georgia, I don't care what the rankings are, played perhaps the worst SEC team in the past 20 years in our Vols, and still should have lost.

I know it, Vol fans know it, our players know it...and I guarantee Mark Richt and his players know it - our worst team should have beaten his best team.

We didn't win...but it's something we've gotten used to this year and the past seven seasons. But Georgia players, coaches, alumni, and fans know... UT is, has been, and always will be a better football program than they ever will be.

They had Herschel Walker's run over Bill Bates and Yoda Munson snotting out "hop-nail boot" and that's basically the history of the Georgia football program.

Pathetic.

Tenn_Dawg writes:

No Volmoc the history of the Georgia program is that they have one less SEC Championship (13)than UT (14) and they are pretty close to UT in total wins. I doubt very seriously UT beat themselves when Georgia rolls up almost 500 yards of offense with a make shift offensive line full of freshman and sophmores. If anything Georgia kept UT in the game by throwing picks in the red zone. UT never turned the ball over, only 10-12 first downs and one yard rushing.

Nice stick by Berry. He is a player.

stormblast writes:

in response to Tenn_Dawg:

No Volmoc the history of the Georgia program is that they have one less SEC Championship (13)than UT (14) and they are pretty close to UT in total wins. I doubt very seriously UT beat themselves when Georgia rolls up almost 500 yards of offense with a make shift offensive line full of freshman and sophmores. If anything Georgia kept UT in the game by throwing picks in the red zone. UT never turned the ball over, only 10-12 first downs and one yard rushing.

Nice stick by Berry. He is a player.

This dog team is the best Mark Richt has had since he's been there. They are talented. I never said anything about them not being so.

I'm saying our ineptness on offense is the key to our losing yet another game.

Bottom line...I don't care what anybody thinks...We are awful & we still could have beaten an over-ranked Georgia team at home.

You said it - one yard rushing due to not staying committed to a ground game of any kind...due to awful coaching.

Georgia is a better team than we are this year...and still, we could have beaten the dogs.

jasonn1970 writes:

IT'S BUYOUT TIME IN TENNESSEE!!!!!!

RangerForSix writes:

How about UGA's "3 straight losses to UT when Ainge started at QB."(2004-there, 2006-there, 2007-home) Two of the three wins came 'Between the Hedges"

Ainge didn't play -v- Georgia his sophomore year after beating them as a Freshman. "Coaches decision", as they wanted Jimmy Clausen to become a VOL!

Such a dumb move it got three coaches fired, created a losing season, not CPF though...

FedUpVolFan writes:

CBS POLL:
Vols-66th
UCLA-65TH
Miss St- 57 th
STay the course!

BigVolinCarolina writes:

Dear Congress,

Will you please BAILOUT the UT Football team and its fans by paying $6M to Coach Fulmer?

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