Georgia 51, Tennessee 44: Does Anyone in This Conference Know How to Play Defense?

Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Georgia wins the second offensive slugfest of the day in the SEC. But the game also contains reasons to think they aren't unbeatable.

For the second time in the same day, an SEC game produced more than 1,000 yards of total offense, a winning team with 50-plus points and a spotlight performance by a freshman or two. But unlike the Texas A&M beatdown of Arkansas earlier in the day, Georgia's win against Tennessee included a blizzard of turnovers and a pile of points for both teams that left things up in the air until the final seconds were ticking off the clock.

That would be 95 points, the seventh-biggest total in SEC history. It would be 1,038 yards of total offense between two teams -- slightly less yardage than in A&M-Arkansas, but better used by the losing team. And it would be seven combined turnovers, the last three of which would end up deciding the game.

On offense, the stars for Georgia were freshmen running backs Keith Marshall (10 attempts, 164 yards, two touchdowns) and Todd Gurley (24 attempts, 129 yards, three touchdowns). Aaron Murray was also solid, going 18-of-24 for 271 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

Tyler Bray was also solid for most of the game. He was 24-of-45 for 281 yards and two touchdowns. But two of Bray's three interceptions ended up being back-breakers, both of them picked by Sanders Commings as time ran down with the Vols down by a touchdown. Those interceptions were on either side of a fumble by Bray that ended another drive with the game still within reach.

But the Georgia defense still allowed 477 yards on 85 offensive snaps, with games against South Carolina and Florida still on the schedule. The Dawgs still have to be the front-runners in the SEC East. But if their offense on Saturday was a reason to think they might be unbeatable, their defense was the first clue as to how another contender might be able to defeat them.

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