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Georgia pulls away late against Tennessee 38-12

It wasn’t dominant the whole time, but Georgia flexed its muscles late against Tennessee.

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The #2-ranked Georgia Bulldogs had their ways with the Tennessee Volunteers in a 38-12 drubbing, but it wasn’t as smooth as the Bulldog faithful probably would’ve liked.

Tennessee entered the game following a disheartening loss to Florida at home the week prior. Georgia began the game with a rather odd touchdown from tight end Isaac Nauta.

Georgia continued to roll and took a 17-0 lead at the half, but their day was marred with inefficiency. Quarterback Jake Fromm only threw for 185 yards and couldn’t connect on several downfield passes early. Justin Fields had little success through the air as well, although he did run for two touchdowns. Despite inefficient play, Tennessee was unable to take advantage of it for much of the game. The Vols didn’t even cross the 50-yard line in the first half.

Georgia opened the second half with a touchdown drive, but the Vols responded with a deep pass from Jarrett Guarantano to Josh Palmer. It was their first points scored against Georgia since the year 2016. The Vols then forced consecutive Georgia punts and scored again on a pass to Ty Chandler. Both touchdowns were marred by failed two-point conversion attempts. Suddenly, it was a close game at 24-12 as Georgia had been caught sleepwalking.

Then the Bulldogs woke up. Georgia kicked it into gear and scored two straight touchdowns, including a huge run from D’Andre Swift. Tennessee had no answer, and even fumbled to give Georgia good field position. Georgia eventually pulled away 38-12.

Georgia is now 5-0 and hosts Vanderbilt next week. Meanwhile, Tennessee is 2-3 and continues on the “doom stretch” of their schedule as they travel to #10 Auburn.