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Georgia bounces back with win over Tennessee

Oct 12, 2008 - 3:11 AM ATHENS, Georgia (Ticker) -- Knowshon Moreno rushed for over 100 yards and Blair Walsh kicked four field goals to lead No. 10 Georgia to a 26-14 victory over Tennessee on Saturday in a Southeastern Conference matchup.

Coming off a much-needed bye week after a deflating home loss to Alabama, the Bulldogs (5-1, 2-1 SEC East) avenged a 35-14 defeat to the Volunteers last season that kept them out of the SEC title game and prevented them from earning a shot at the national championship.

Moreno was limited to 34 yards against Alabama, the second-lowest total of his career. He finished with 101 on 27 carries Saturday, as Georgia out-rushed Tennessee, 148-1.

"It was good to get some rest," Moreno said. "We focused on the little things that would make us better. It was good for the team."

It was the lowest rushing total by an SEC opponent in the Mark Richt era at Georgia and second-lowest overall under Richt. The Bulldogs held Hawaii to minus-5 yards in Georgia's 41-10 win in the 2008 Sugar Bowl.

"Obviously, I am disappointed with the loss," Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer said. "Georgia is a very good team and I congratulate them. Our offense couldn't get it going today. We have to make some plays to back up the defenses who are putting eight men in the box."

Walsh kicked field goals of 34, 20, 41 and 28 yards, his last capping a 17-play, 76-yard drive that chewed up 11 minutes in the fourth quarter and finished the scoring.

"We kept this game a little closer than it could have been with the field goals instead of touchdowns," Richt said. "We left some points out on the field. We've got to do a better job of taking advantage of opportunities when we have them."

Stifled on the ground by Georgia's defense, Tennessee got two touchdown passes from Nick Stephens. Making his second career start, Stephens completed 13-of-30 passes for 208 yards and was sacked twice.

Both Tennessee scoring drives came after interceptions by Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford, who was 25-of-36 for 310 yards and a TD.

It was the first 300-yard game of Stafford's career, and his 25 completions were also a career high. Eight different Bulldogs had at least one reception, led by freshman A.J. Green with seven for 53 yards.

Brannan Southerlan scored on a 1-yard run halfway through the first quarter to give Georgia a 7-0 lead. Stafford threw a TD pass to Mohamed Massaquoi with nine seconds left in the half to extend the Bulldogs' lead to 20-7.

"It's big for us. I know it wasn't too pretty," Stafford said of the win. "We had a chance to really open that game up, and we didn't do it. We had to kick four field goals, and I threw two picks in the red zone, which killed the momentum.

"I was proud of the guys. The offensive line had a great game, and we had a good drive in the fourth quarter where we were able to grind out the clock."

Tennessee (2-4, 0-3 East) pulled within 20-14 on a 12-yard scoring strike from Stephens to Lucas Taylor with 5:37 left in the third quarter. But Georgia controlled the fourth quarter, and Walsh kicked two field goals for the final margin.

While Moreno was able to get loose, Arian Foster was held to three yards on just three carries as Tennessee dropped to 0-3 in the SEC for the first time in 10 years.








  • ** CONFIRMED **
    NCAAF
    TENNESSEE 14
    GEORGIA (10) 26 FINAL

    Oct 11 7:03 PM


  • NCAAF
    FG GEORGIA
    BLAIR WALSH 29 YD
    TENNESSEE 14
    GEORGIA (10) 26 2:49 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Tennessee 14, Georgia(10) 26  4th - 2:49Oct 11 6:45 PM


  • NCAAF
    FG GEORGIA
    BLAIR WALSH 41 YD
    TENNESSEE 14
    GEORGIA (10) 23 14:53 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Tennessee 14, Georgia(10) 23  4th - 14:53Oct 11 6:21 PM


  • NCAAF END, 3RD QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    TENNESSEE 0 7 7 14
    GEORGIA (10) 10 10 0 20 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: GEORGIA - TD, BRANNAN SOUTHERLAND 1 YD RUN
    (BLAIR WALSH KICK), 7:44.
    GEORGIA 7-0
    GEORGIA - FG, BLAIR WALSH 34 YD, 11:47.
    GEORGIA 10-0
    2ND QUARTER: GEORGIA - FG, BLAIR WALSH 3 YD, 2:01.

    Oct 11 6:16 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD TENNESSEE
    LUCAS TAYLOR 13 YD PASS FROM NICK STEPHENS
    (DANIEL LINCOLN KICK)
    TENNESSEE 14
    GEORGIA (10) 20 5:38 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Tennessee 14, Georgia(10) 20  3rd - 5:38Oct 11 6:02 PM


  • NCAAF HALFTIME
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    TENNESSEE 0 7 7
    GEORGIA (10) 10 10 20 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: GEORGIA - TD, BRANNAN SOUTHERLAND 1 YD RUN
    (BLAIR WALSH KICK), 7:44.
    GEORGIA 7-0
    GEORGIA - FG, BLAIR WALSH 34 YD, 11:47.
    GEORGIA 10-0
    2ND QUARTER: GEORGIA - FG, BLAIR WALSH 3 YD, 2:01.
    GEORGI

    Oct 11 5:12 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD GEORGIA
    MOHAMED MASSAQUOI 9 YD PASS FROM MATTHEW STAFFORD
    (BLAIR WALSH KICK)
    TENNESSEE 7
    GEORGIA (10) 20 0:10 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Tennessee 7, Georgia(10) 20  2nd - 0:10Oct 11 5:09 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD TENNESSEE
    GERALD JONES 2 YD PASS FROM NICK STEPHENS
    (DANIEL LINCOLN KICK)
    TENNESSEE 7
    GEORGIA (10) 13 2:24 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Tennessee 7, Georgia(10) 13  2nd - 2:24Oct 11 4:54 PM


  • NCAAF
    FG GEORGIA
    BLAIR WALSH 3 YD
    TENNESSEE 0
    GEORGIA (10) 13 12:59 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Tennessee 0, Georgia(10) 13  2nd - 12:59Oct 11 4:23 PM


  • NCAAF END, 1ST QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    TENNESSEE 0 0
    GEORGIA (10) 10 10 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: GEORGIA - TD, BRANNAN SOUTHERLAND 1 YD RUN
    (BLAIR WALSH KICK), 7:44.
    GEORGIA 7-0
    GEORGIA - FG, BLAIR WALSH 34 YD, 11:47.
    GEORGIA 10-0

    Oct 11 4:15 PM


  • NCAAF
    FG GEORGIA
    BLAIR WALSH 34 YD
    TENNESSEE 0
    GEORGIA (10) 10 3:13 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Tennessee 0, Georgia(10) 10  1st - 3:13Oct 11 4:07 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD GEORGIA
    BRANNAN SOUTHERLAND 1 YD RUN
    (BLAIR WALSH KICK)
    TENNESSEE 0
    GEORGIA (10) 7 7:16 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Tennessee 0, Georgia(10) 7  1st - 7:16Oct 11 3:53 PM
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