Film Study: Vols run D vs. Georgia

WBIR's Patrick Murray breaks down the chess match between the Georgia run game and the Vols defense.

Tennessee once again overcame a three-score deficit in a 34-31 win over Georgia.

The Dawgs jumped out to a 17-0 first half lead thanks in part to their rushing attack, even with Nick Chubb limited to one token carry.

Georgia rushed for 118 yards on 20 carries (5.9 ypc) on its two first-half touchdown drives. After the second touchdown drive, the Bulldogs rushed for 63 yards on 26 carries (2.4 ypc), so Tennessee's run defense clearly improved later in the game.

The Vols primarily played an 'Under' front - a four-man front with the 3-technique defensive tackle lined up on the weak side of the formation (see video above for a better explanation).

Georgia hurt Tennessee a few times with a pin and pull sweep, getting its backs to the edge.

Tennessee switched to the 'Over' front a few times, with the 3-tech lined up on the strong side of the formation.

When the Vols played the Over front, Georgia's offense looked to the sideline for a check and a couple of times flipped the running back to the opposite side and ran the pin and pull sweep to the weak side, to maintain the angle advantage on the 1-tech tackle.

Other than trying the Over front a few times and sometimes walking up a safety to help in the run game I didn't notice any major adjustments from Tennessee. It seemed that the guys up front just started executing better as the game went on.


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