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Georgia vs. Tennessee: Live Game Grades and Analysis for the Bulldogs

Georgia, coming off its emotional win last week vs. LSU, will look to avoid a letdown at Tennessee.
Georgia, coming off its emotional win last week vs. LSU, will look to avoid a letdown at Tennessee.Scott Cunningham/Getty Images
Brian PedersenFeatured ColumnistOctober 5, 2013

Georgia 34, Tennessee 31—Final (Overtime)

Sixth-ranked Georgia (4-1, 3-0) escaped an upset with an overtime victory in its SEC East showdown with Tennessee (3-3, 0-2) in Knoxville.

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Final Game Analysis for the Georgia Bulldogs

Pass Offense

Aaron Murray was solid in the first half but looked shaky after losing two key receivers to injury. Rantavious Wooten had a career game, with two touchdown catches, including the game-tying score with five seconds left in regulation.


Run Offense

True freshmen Brendan Douglas and J.J. Green made the most of their chances to shine, stepping in after Keith Marshall hurt his knee. Green ran for 129 yards and a touchdown while Douglas added a second-half TD.


Pass Defense

The Bulldogs recorded four sacks, two by Ray Drew, but the secondary played very soft in the second half, letting Tennessee's Justin Worley gain confidence to pull the Volunteers back.


Run Defense

The front seven got lazy in the second half when Tennessee began going outside. How else do you allow a 43-yard run on 4th-and-1? Rajion Neal had 148 yards and two touchdowns, part of a 189-yard ground effort.


Special Teams

Georgia had a punt blocked for a touchdown, had its punter concussed and had a field goal doink off the upright, but Marshall Morgan was true on a 42-yarder in overtime.



Injuries forced Mark Richt and his staff to play untested backups and get creative, like calling a designed draw for Murray that went for 57 yards.

KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 5: Rantavious Wooten #17 of the Georgia Bulldogs makes a catch for a 2nd quarter touchdown against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on October 5, 2013 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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1st-Half Analysis for the Georgia Bulldogs

Pass Offense

Aaron Murray has been efficient and steady in becoming the SEC career passing leader. And the Bulldogs are getting a breakout game from fifth-year senior receiver Rantavious Wooten, who has more catches (five) than he had in the first four games (two).


Run Offense

Already without top back Todd Gurley, the Bulldogs are now down to a pair of true freshmen after Keith Marshall went down early with a knee injury.

J.J. Green and Brendan Douglas are performing admirably, but it's not the same.


Pass Defense

A good pass rush has forced Tennessee's Justin Worley to resort to short outs and hot reads rather than going up top.

Ray Drew's sack on 3rd-and-3 late in the first quarter was clutch.


Run Defense

Georgia's front seven has handled Tennessee's attempt to hurry things up in stride. Save for a 16-yard run by Alton Howard, the Bulldogs are allowing under four yards per carry.


Special Teams

Kicker Marshall Morgan showed off his leg with a career-long 56-yard field goal for the game's first points.



Mark Richt hasn't hesitated, despite the Marshall injury, sticking to a nice run-pass balance to keep the Vols defense honest.

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