The No. 7 Georgia Bulldogs trounced the Tennessee Volunteers 41-0 on Saturday afternoon at Neyland Stadium. The win moves Georgia to 5-0 on the season and 2-0 in SEC play. Tennessee falls to 3-2 and 0-2 in conference play.
The Bulldogs’ defense forced four turnovers and held the Vols to just 142 total yards. UT starting quarterback Quinten Dormady completed just five of 16 passes for 64 yards and was picked off twice. Tennessee running back John Kelly, the Vols’ only reliable threat on offense, rushed for just 44 yards on 16 attempts.
Offensively, freshman quarterback Jake Fromm was efficient. That’s been typical this season. He takes care of the football, makes some plays with his feet and takes advantage of opportunities down the field when needed.
Here are three takeaways from this one.
Nick Chubb shines in return to Knoxville
The last time Nick Chubb played at Neyland Stadium it ended badly for him. It was two years ago, Chubb was off to a fast start, but suffered a major knee injury that would cost him the season. So, getting to come back to Knoxville and help the ‘Dawgs come out with a 41-0 win was pretty special to Chubb, per Seth Emerson of Dawg Nation.
Emotions were running high. Just for me, personally, coming back to this place, after what happened last time. But it wasn’t really a big deal. We came here and executed as we always have. And I just think overall we had a great game.
Chubb rushed for 109 yards on 16 attempts. He now has 480 rushing yards on the season and looks a lot like the guy from 2014 and early 2015.
Jacob Eason returned
After missing the previous three games with a knee injury, sophomore quarterback Jacob Eason returned to action. Eason entered the game midway through the fourth quarter and only attempted one pass. For head coach Kirby Smart it was more about getting Eason back on the field to hopefully knock some rust off.
With Eason now healthy enough to play, Smart has a big decision on his hands. Does he ride with Fromm, who has led UGa to a 5-0 record, or go back to his starter? Fromm is more of a game-manager at this point, and with a terrific defense that is all you need. However, Eason can help Georgia open up the playbook on offense.
For now, it seems like a no-brainer to stick with Fromm. But as the season progresses, Georgia will need more from its offense.
Butch Jones is firmly on the hot seat
OK, this isn’t breaking news. But when you lose in embarrassing fashion at home to a traditional rival, fans, boosters and the administration aren’t going to be happy. If Jones had any support before this game, that’s likely gone now. And his complete mismanagement of the quarterback position is another strike against him.
Dormady was terrible. He’s been terrible for large stretches this season. He is not accurate, checks down far too soon before letting a play develop and doesn’t threaten the opposition with his legs. So, essentially, he’s not very good.
It may be too late for Jones to save his job at this point. Situations like this do not get better during the season. It didn’t last season and it is much worse this fall. Jones’ best chance is to let freshman quarterback Jarrett Guarantano take over the offense. Sure, he’s going to struggle, but he is talented.
Fortunately for the Volunteers, they are off next week. That’s the perfect time for a quarterback change. Things don’t get any easier out of the bye, though, with a home date against South Carolina and a road trip to No. 1 Alabama the following week.
Good luck, Butch.