Turnovers were the difference for Georgia in their 51-33 loss to the #13 ranked
Tennessee at home Saturday night. Tennessee made the most of Georgia's
four turnovers scoring 21-points with the short field. The only turnover they
did not convert on was Stafford's interception late in the fourth quarter.
Joe Tereshinski (12-for-20 for 164 yards,
1 TD, 2 INT, I fumble) accounted for all but one of Georgia's turnovers
Tereshinski threw two interceptions and fumbled the ball in the fourth quarter.
The Volunteers scored touchdowns on every Tereshinski turnover.
"Joe had his highs and lows, but he came in prepared and played pretty
good in the first half," said Richt. "The first interception was
not his fault, but I will have to watch the film on the second one because it
was on the far side of the field."
Georgia only managed one punt attempt during the game, which was blocked and
returned for a touchdown by Tennessee. The block was the second blocked punt
of the in as many games and only the second under coach Richt.
"In five years and four games we no had no punts blocked and we have
got three in games and the same defensive strategy got us this time,"
said head coach Mark Richt of the punt blocks. "We worked
hard on that mistake and that is what got us again. Just like a quarterback
you have to give the punter a pocket."
Southerland Touchdown Machine
Brannan Southerland scored touchdowns in
five of his last nine quarters. Southerland scored twice on Saturday, once on
a one-yard touchdown run and he caught a 27-yard touchdown from Tereshinski
in the second quarter.
"It is a good feeling (to get two more touchdowns), but winning is a
better feeling and unfortunately we did not come out with the win tonight, said
Southerland has six touchdowns this season through six games.
Double Dip on Returns
Georgia returned a punt and kickoff for a touchdown in the same game for the
first time since the 1990 season.
Junior Mikey Henderson returned his second punt of the year
86 yards for a touchdown. The touchdown was the sixth longest in the history
of Georgia football.
The kick return game was inconsistent as junior Thomas Brown
took one kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown, but failed to advance the ball past
the twenty yard line on several other kickoffs.
"They kept pinning us in the corner and we were trying to get back to
the other side of the field and we had a couple of guy pinch that end and I
was able to get back in the middle of the field," said Brown of his touchdown.
"They blocked it great for me and all I had to do was run."
The last time Georgia had a punt and kickoff return for a touchdown they also
lost that game falling to Kentucky 26-24 in Lexington. Andre Hasting returned
a kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown and Chuck Carswell returned a punt 69 yards
for a score.
Bailey off to good start
Coming into the 2006 season, junior kicker Andy Bailey would
have been picked as one of the most unlikely players to contribute for Georgia
this season. Bailey got off to a good start filling in for the injured
Bailey connected on both of his field goal attempts against Tennessee and was
three for three on extra point attempts.
"I was definitely nervous at first, but after first kick I settled down,"
Bailey will do his best to make the most of his second chance as the Georgia
"I feel sorry for Brandon, but I have been down that road when I dislocated
my shoulder at the beginning of last year when we were competing for the job,
I understand what he is going through," said Bailey.
Second most points surrendered in Sanford Stadium
The 51 points given up by Georgia was the most in the history of the Georgia-Tennessee
series eclipsing the 46 point mark set in 1936 in a 46-0 loss in Sanford Stadium.
The number one scoring defense in the country will drop after surrendering so
many touchdowns to the Volunteers. Georgia had allowed only 24 points through
the previous five games and had not allowed more than one touchdown in a game.
Tennessee put up 383 yards of total offense of which 268 came from the arm
of quarterback Erik Ainge.
The Georgia defense was hampered by poor field position throughout the game
because of offensive turnovers. Tennessee had three possessions start in Georgia
territory because of turnovers and the Volunteers scored each time.
Georgia only stopped Tennessee from scoring on four of their offensive drives.
The Volunteers scored on six straight offensive possession including five touchdowns.
The 51 points was the second most point ever surrendered by Georgia in Sanford
Stadium falling just one point shy of the 52 Florida put up in 1995.
Tennessee now holds a 19-15-2 edge in the all-time series and coach Richt falls
to 4-2 all-time against the Volunteers.
The 51 points were the most allowed by Georgia since a 1999 overtime loss to
Georgia Tech 51-48.
The 33 points scored by Georgia were the most fourth most ever scored in a
loss in school history.
The Commodores are coming
The Bulldogs (5-1, 2-1 SEC) will look to right their ship next weekend as Vanderbilt
(2-4, 0-3 SEC) comes into Athens. Georgia holds a 47-17-2 advantage in the series,
which dates back to 1893. Georgia has won eleven games in row dating back to
1995 against the Commodores.
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