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UGA Postgame News & Notes

Georgia Postgame Notes Vs. Tennessee…Oct. 5, 2019

*Bulldogs Win, Take Series Lead, Extend Streak Versus SEC East: With Georgia’s 43-14 victory, the Bulldogs now lead the all-time series 24-23-2 as it dates back to 1899. It marks the first time they broke a tie to take a series lead over UT since 1981 when it went up 9-8-2. Also, the Bulldogs now have won 15 straight games over teams from the SEC’s Eastern Division dating back to 2016.

*Fromm On Target: Junior QB Jake Fromm (24-for-29, 288 yards, 2 TDs) set the tone in the first half, completing 16-of-20 for 195 yards and 2 TDs as the Bulldogs tallied 354 yards of total offense on 42 plays for a 26-14 edge. For the game, Georgia finished with 526 yards of total offense on 70 plays in the road win.

On the Bulldogs first possession, Fromm directed a 12-play, 84-yard TD drive in 6:51 for a 7-0 edge. He went 4-for-4 for 59 yards. The 12 plays and 6:51 were the second longest for a TD this year. He ended up completing his first seven passes of the night. Fromm led a 6-play, 60-yard TD drive in 2:03 to put Georgia in front 20-14 with 1:59 left in the first half. Then with 59 seconds left in the half, he marched the Bulldogs 70 yards down the field for another TD, going five plays in just 50 seconds for a 26-14 advantage.

The leading receivers were graduate Lawrence Cager (5-for-58 yards, 1 TD) and junior tailback D’Andre Swift (4-for-72 yards). Fromm completed passes to nine different Bulldogs.

*Defense: In the first half, Tennessee tallied 14 points and 239 yards of total offense (34-rushing, 205-passing) on 31 plays, and then UT was shut out in the second half, gaining just 104 yards on 31 plays to finish with 343 (70-rush, 273 pass). Georgia entered the game ranked 2ndin the SEC in Scoring Defense, allowing only 10 points per game. The Vols elected to take the ball after the winning the toss and were forced to punt after four plays and 15 yards. Georgia responded with a touchdown drive, going 84 yards on 12 plays in 6:51 for a 7-0 edge. UT answered with a 2-play, 75-yard drive capped by a 73-yard TD completion to Marquez Callaway, which marked the longest allowed by the defense this season. Down 10-7, the Vols went up 14-10 on a 10-play, 75-yard drive in 2:37 with 14:57 left. The Vols did not score the rest of the game as Georgia went on to take a 26-14 lead en route to the victory.

*Blankenship Booms Another 50-Yarder, Tallies 13 Points: Graduate PK Rodrigo Blankenship made four PATs, nailed a 50-yard field goal in the first quarter, a 34-yarder in the 2ndquarter and a 27-yarder in the 3rdquarter for a total of 13 points. He is 11-for-11 in field goals this season. In his career, Blankenship is 5-for-6 from at least 50 yards including 2-for-2 this year. He made a 50-yarder at Vanderbilt this year too. For his career, Blankenship now has tallied 371 points including 64 field goals.

*Swift & Herrien Lead Rushing Attack: Georgia tallied 159 yards on the ground in the first half and finished the game with 241 yards on 39 attempts (6.2 avg.). Junior D’Andre Swift has a team-high 17 carries for 72 yards and a TD. Senior Brian Herrien finished with 11 carries for 88 yards and a TD. Herrien had a career-long 40-yard rush in the 2nd quarter. 

*Points off Turnovers: Junior DB Richard LeCounte notched his 1st interception of the year and second of his career. Georgia took over at the UGA 22, and it led to no points. In the fourth quarter, sophomore DB Eric Stokes delivered a sack and fumble and senior Tae Crowder scooped it up for a 60-yard fumble recovery for a TD. The Bulldogs are now +4 in turnover margin and have scored 23 points off eight turnovers. It marked the 12th score by either the defense or special teams in the Kirby Smart era. Earlier this year, graduate J.R. Reed had a 14-yard fumble recovery for a TD against Murray State. LeCounte had a  team-high five tackles along with junior Mark Webb.

*For Starters: Junior Justin Shaffer made his first career start for the injured Solomon Kindley, getting the nod at left guard. Junior QB Jake Fromm started his 33rdstraight to lead the offense while graduate J.R. Reed(S) now leads the defense with 34. Junior DJ Daniel made his second straight start at RC while junior Walter Grant made his first of the year at LB and ninth of his career.  Sophomore N Jordan Davis left the game in the first series due to an ankle injury.

*Captains: Senior Tyrique McGhee (RS), junior Andrew Thomas(LT) and redshirt freshman Azeez Ojulari (LB) served as the game captains. Ojulari is the first freshman to be named a team captain in the Kirby Smart era that began in 2016.  Ojulari finished with three tackles, two sacks and two TFL.

*Up Next: Georgia (5-0, 2-0 SEC) returns home to face South Carolina (2-3, 1-2 SEC) on Oct. 12 at noon on ESPN.

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