The Vols tried to win a game in Athens, Georgia for the first time since 2006.
It did not start well.
Sony Michel opened the scoring late in the first quarter on a 14-yard run for a touchdown. On the next play, with Tennessee in possession of the ball, Alvin Kamara fumbled after completing a one-yard pass. Georgia would convert a field goal, leading 10-0 early in the second quarter.
On a 1st and 10 at the UGA 24, quarterback Joshua Dobbs threw a 23-yard pass to Jalen Hurd. But Hurd fumbled before he entered the end zone, forced by Georgia’s Deandre Baker, and Georgia recovered the ball.
On the ensuing drive, Michel fumbled in the end zone, but true freshman quarterback Jacob Eason recovered, extending the Bulldogs’ lead to 17-0.
With 30 seconds to go in the half, Tennessee benefited from an illegal substitution penalty against Georgia when the Bulldogs had 12 men on the field. Dobbs then scrambled for a four-yard touchdown run.
Georgia led at halftime, 17-7.