By Brandon Sudge:
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It’s time once again for the Dawgs to enter the raucous Neyland Stadium. It certainly seems like déjà vu setting for many of Georgia fans: Tennessee will be in their “Smokey Grey” uniforms, the game will be broadcasted at the same time on the same network, Georgia had one loss coming in and a #11 will be behind center. It’s fairly obvious that Georgia fans expect to see a victorious outcome, but let’s hope we don’t see the same physical blows take place as Georgia suffered three season impacting injuries to Michael Bennett, Keith Marshall and Justin Scott-Wesley. Georgia has had fairly good luck with injuries this season, and they hope that same trend continues in Knoxville.
Despite the injuries, the game was certainly one for the ages. Georgia got off to a firing start as the Aaron Murray to Chris Conley connection proved to be lethal once again. However, as is the case in many SEC road games, the home team always seem to jolt back. Tennessee outscored Georgia 28-14 in the second half after trailing 17-3, forcing the Dawgs to score as time expired to send the game to overtime.
Tennessee had the ball first as overtime began, and one of the most memorable moments in recent Georgia football history occurred. Tennessee had a drive rolling, but WR Alton “Pig” Howard fumbled the ball while reaching for the pylon, resulting in a touchback for Georgia and Neyland Stadium was in total shock. (Video below)
Georgia’s drive then stalled, forcing K Marshall Morgan to be the hero. Morgan faced a 42 yard field goal attempt, and after hitting a 57 yarder earlier in the game, this one seemed to be a chip shot as he split the uprights. The victory was certainly emotional for the amount of fight that had to be exerted to pull out a tough win as well as the numerous injuries suffered to impact players.
The injuries simply became too much for Georgia, as the Dawgs suffered multiple heartbreaking losses and a season with promise shattered in an instant. Let’s hope this occurrence brings a different outcome, and the Dawgs regain momentum after an Alabama loss and use a victory over a 2-3 Tennessee team as a turning point to surge to Atlanta for a spot in the SEC Championship Game.