Sept. 29, 2012
TENNESSEE TIDBITS Tennessee's all-time record is now 797-349-53 overall
The Vols lead the series with the Bulldogs, 21-19-2.
UT is now 11-2 under Derek Dooley when scoring 25 or more points and 24-5 when scoring 20 or more.
The loss snaps a 25-game win streak when scoring 28 or more points.
UT is 10-3 under Derek Dooley when passing for 300 yards.
UT is 57-25-2 overall during the month of September since 1990.
Tennessee is 2-3 in coin tosses this season after winning today's toss and did not receive the opening kickoff for the first time in five games this season.
Today's attendance is 92,746
POINTS AND PLENTY OF THEM The 95 combined points marked the eighth highest scoring game (non-overtime) in SEC history and the sixth highest-scoring game between two SEC opponents (see chart below).
The last time Tennessee allowed 50 points was in a four overtime win at Kentucky, 52-50, on Sept. 24, 2007. The last time it allowed that many points in regulation was in a 59-20 loss at Florida on Sept. 15, 2007.
Tennessee's 30 first-half points were its most in any half of an SEC game since leading Ole Miss, 31-14, at the half on Nov. 13, 2010, en route to a 52-14 victory in Knoxville.
The 60 combined points in the first half were the most in an SEC game since 2004.
1. 108 -- Auburn (65) vs. Arkansas (43) 2010
2. 104 -- South Carolina (65) vs. Mississippi State (39) 1995
3. 102 -- Kentucky (68) vs. Louisville (34) 1998
4. 99 -- Florida (62) vs. Tennessee (37) 1995
5. 98 -- East Carolina (56) vs. South Carolina (42) 1994
6. 97 -- Georgia (62) vs. Vanderbilt (35) 1984
97 -- Ole Miss (31) vs. Texas (66) 2012
8. 95 -- Georgia (51) vs. Tennessee (44) 2012
9. 94-- Alabama (59) vs. Ole Miss (35) 1980
94-- Kentucky (77) vs. Texas-El Paso (17) 2002
FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING Tennessee entered today's game with a perfect 177-0 record when scoring 40 or more points, dating back to the start of the program in 1891.
The loss marks UT's first when scoring 40 or more points in 178 chances.
The most points that Tennessee had previously scored in a loss was 37 in a 62-37 defeat at Florida on Sept. 16, 1995.
COMEBACK KIDS The Vols were down by as many as 17 points in the first half (27-10 with 11:48 in 2nd quarter) before scoring 20 unanswered points to take a 30-27 lead just before Georgia tied the game at 30-30 at the half.
RAJION RUNNING THE ROCK Rajion Neal recorded his second multi-touchdown game of the season, scoring both on the ground and through the air.
He scored his second receiving TD of the year on a 10-yard pass in the second quarter and his fourth rushing TD of the season (sixth of his career) in the fourth quarter.
Neal finished with 107 yards on 23 carries, marking his second game in a row in which he crossed the century mark.
He also had five catches for 53 yards in the contest, giving him 160 all-purpose yards.
Neal accounted for one third of the Vols' total offense (160 yds. - Neal 478 total yds. )
THE BEAST PACKAGE Tennessee went to its Beast Package on offense to score its second touchdown of the game as A.J. Johnson rushed in from the 1-yard line to cut the score to 27-17 in the second quarter.
The touchdown was the third on just five career rushes for Johnson who also scored against Florida and Akron.
PICK-SIX Byron Moore intercepted a pass from Aaron Murray and took it to the house to tie the game at 7-7 in the first quarter. It was Moore's fourth interception of the season and the first INT for a touchdown by a Vol since Eric Gordon's game-winning interception in overtime against Vanderbilt on Nov. 19, 2011 in Knoxville.
Moore entered the game tied for fourth in the nation with three interceptions. Only three other players in the country had four interceptions entering play today.
The interception was the third of the year for Murray and the second time an opposing player has returned one for a touchdown (A. Glanton of Florida Atlantic - 42-yard return).
It was Murray's first interception in 56 career passes against Tennessee.
SACK FUMBLE Herman Lathers sacked Aaron Murray and forced his first career fumble at the 4:14 mark of the second quarter, which was recovered by A.J. Johnson at the UGA 8-yard line.
The sack was Lathers' first since 10/30/2010 at South Carolina and gives him 3.5 for his career. The fumble recovery was Johnson's third career fumble recovery. His other two were vs. South Carolina and at Florida in 2011.
BRAY-WATCH Tyler Bray threw two TD passes against Georgia, giving him 49 for his career. It also marked his 16th career game with multiple TD throws, all of which have come in his last 18 games.
With 45 passing attempts against the Bulldogs, Bray now has 664 in his career, moving him into sixth all-time in the Tennessee record book, passing Jonathon Crompton (629).
Bray threw his 48th career TD pass in the second quarter, connecting with wide receiver Zach Rogers on a four-yard play.
He then added his 49th with a 10-yard TD on a pass to Rajion Neal just over two minutes later in the same quarter.
The 281 yards passing were the second lowest of the season for Bray (267 Florida).
Bray's three interceptions marked the second time in his career he has thrown three picks in a game and the first since North Carolina on Dec. 30, 2010. He had just three interceptions thrown entering the game.
LATHERS LACING IT UP Herman Lathers finished today's contest with six tackles, marking his season high and the fifth-highest total of his career. His six tackles all came in the first half, two more than he has had in any game this season.
Lathers also recorded his first sack of the season (3.5 in his career) and forced the first fumble of his career to help set up UT's first half comeback.
BIG DAN MCCULLERS After entering today's contest with just four career tackles, DT Dan McCullers surpassed that total with five in the first half alone before finishing with eight on the day.
McCullers also blocked a PAT in the third quarter and had a big tackle for loss that forced the Bulldogs to punt late in the game.
DEEP BALL TO RIVERA Senior tight end Mychal Rivera hauled in a career-long 62 yard pass in the third quarter to set up a Tennessee field goal. The catch broke his previous long of 26 set against Ole Miss in 2010.
Rivera finished the contest with three catches for 82 yards. He now has nine catches for 171 yards in his career against Georgia after hauling in five passes for 85 yards last year in Knoxville.
A.J. THE BEAST In addition to rushing for a touchdown on offense, A.J. Johnson also had a team-high 11 tackles, marking the third consecutive game, third time this season and sixth time in his career that he has reached double-digits in that category.
Johnson also recoved his second fumble of his career and had a tackle for a loss.
INTERCEPTION IMPROVEMENT Byron Moore's first-quarter interception marked Tennessee's ninth as a team this season, matching their total for all of the 2011 season.
The Vols entered the game tied for second in both the SEC and nationally with eight interceptions.
BIG-PLAY BULLDOGS On the first play from scrimmage after Moore's pick-six in the opening quarter, Keith Marshall gave the lead right back to Georgia with a 75-yard touchdown run.
Marshall added a 72-yard run in the third quarter, which was the fifth play of 70-plus yards against UT this season, including four rushes, all in the last three weeks.
TWO-HEADED ATTACK Georgia became the first team with two 100-yard rushers against the Vols since LSU on Oct. 2, 2010, when Stevan Ridley (123) and Jordan Jefferson (100) both reached the century mark.
GEORGIA ON MY MIND Zach Rogers scored his fourth career touchdown and second this season on a 4-yard pass in the second quarter. Both of Rogers' touchdowns this season have come in the state of Georgia as he also scored on a 72-yard bomb from Bray against NC State in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at the Georgia Dome on Aug. 31.
Rogers finished with a career-high five catches in the contest, surpassing his previous high of four set against Florida on Sept. 18, 2010 in Knoxville.
LET'S GO TO THE TAPE... After reviewing a play initially ruled an 8-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Murray to Tavarres King, the officials overturned the call and placed the ball at the 1-yard line where the runner was ruled down before crossing the goal line.
The video review was the ninth in a Tennessee game this season and marked the fifth review to go in the Vols' favor.
DARR DRILLS IT Matt Darr tied his career-high with a 53-yard punt that was downed on the 1-yard line in the second quarter.
For Darr it was his sixth career punt downed inside the 10-yard line.
Darr also had a 53-yard punt at Arkansas on Nov. 12, 2011 last season.
FIRST TD ALLOWED ON FIRST DRIVE When Todd Gurley rushed in from the two-yard line with 8:54 left in the first quarter, it marked the first touchdown Tennessee had allowed on an opponent's opening drive of a game this season.
The only other opening-drive score it had allowed was a field goal against Georgia State. Both NC State and Florida punted on their first drives while the Vols intercepted a pass against Akron.
PRESTIGE WORLDWIDE After his first-quarter catch for a 22-yard gain, "Zach Rogers" was trending worldwide on Twitter.
Following the completion of the game Tennessee 44 was trending worldwide.
In addition, "Cordarrelle Patterson," "Touchdown Vols" and "Tennessee" were trending in the United States at various points during the second quarter.
TENNESSEE CAPTAINS #3 Byron Moore, #11 Justin Hunter, #45 A.J. Johnson and #74 Antonio Richardson
FOR STARTERS Tennessee started in a nickel defense with DB Eric Gordon, DL Corey Miller and DL Marlon Walls in the starting lineup. It was the second consecutive start (fourth career) for Miller and the fifth career start, first of 2012, for Walls.
On offense, the Big Orange sent its normal starters out on the field with redshirt senior Ben Bartholomew in at fullback.