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Tennessee and quarterback Jonathan Crompton had plenty to celebrate Saturday.
Crompton threw four touchdown passes to lead the Vols to a 45-19 romp over Georgia in coach Lane Kiffin’s first SEC win.
A crowd of 103,261 at Neyland Stadium watched the UT (3-3, 1-2 SEC) shut down Georgia (3-3, 2-2).
The Bulldogs only offensive points were a 52-yard Blair Walsh field goal. The other scores came on a kickoff return, an interception return and a safety.
Tennessee was up 21-12 at the half after a surprising aerial assault from Crompton.
After a scoreless first quarter, Crompton fired three touchdown passes in the second.
He first hit Gerald Jones from 6 yards out, but UT’s 7-0 lead lasted only seconds.
Brandon Boykin returned the ensuing kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown.
Tennessee went back in front 14-7 on Crompton’s 33-yard TD pass to Denarius Moore.
After Georgia’s field goal, the Vols kept coming. Crompton hit Marsalis Teague from 5 yards out to make it 21-10.
The Bulldogs salvaged two points on a safety by blocking a Chad Cunningham punt out of the end zone with 23 seconds left in the half.
Early in the third quarter the Vols added a 30-yard Daniel Lincoln field goal after a Dennis Rogan interception to lead 24-12.
Georgia closed to 24-19 when Bacari Rambo intercepted Crompton and raced 18 yards for a touchdown.
Tennessee answered with a pair of big plays, however.
Montario Hardesty ran 39 yards for a score, then Crompton hit Jones for a 51-yard score and the third quarter ended with Tennessee up 38-19.
The Vols got more in the fourth quarter. Eric Berry’s 46-yard mid-air fumble return to the Georgia 14 set up Bryce Brown’s 1-yard scoring run to make it 45-19.