No. 3 Georgia shuts down Hendon Hooker, No. 1 Tennessee

Stetson Bennett threw two landing passes and ran for a rating and No. 3 Georgia shut down No. 1 Tennessee’s high-powered offense, dominating the Volunteers 27-13 Saturday in an SEC showdown of two of the nation’s top-ranked groups.

Georgia (9-0, 6-0 Southeastern Convention) turned the twenty fifth regular-season matchup of the highest two groups within the AP ballot right into a rout that made clear the defending nationwide champions are nonetheless the workforce to beat. (Georgia is No. 1 within the AP ballot. No. 3 within the CFP rankings. Tennessee is No. 2 in AP, and No. 1 in CFP).

In a deafening and soggy Sanford Stadium, Georgia led 27-6 earlier than Tennessee scored its first landing with 4:15 remaining.

Hendon Hooker, who entered as a Heisman Trophy front-runner after taking down Alabama final month, handed for under 195 yards for Tennessee (8-1, 4-1) and was sacked six instances by star defensive sort out Jalen Carter and the Bulldogs’ protection.

Hooker threw an interception, misplaced a fumble that just about resulted in a security for Georgia, and didn’t throw a landing cross.

Tennessee’s last possession ended with Hooker dropped for no achieve on a fourth-down run with lower than 3 minutes remaining. The Volunteers got here in averaging almost 50 factors per sport.

The Volunteers rode that Alabama victory to the highest spot within the first School Soccer Playoff rating, however that may change on Tuesday. The Bulldogs additionally took management of the SEC’s East Division within the race and are set to cruise to a different convention championship sport.

Hooker and his potent high receivers, Jalin Hyatt and Cedric Tillman, have been contained by Georgia. The Vols have been held to 2 first-half discipline objectives as Georgia took a 24-6 halftime lead. Rain within the second half made it solely tougher to maneuver in opposition to the Bulldogs’ protection.

Bennett threw scoring passes of 37 yards to Ladd McConkey and 5 yards to Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint within the first half. Bennett additionally had a 13-yard scoring run.

There have been extra huge performs in Georgia’s passing sport. Bennett had completions of 52 yards to Arian Smith and 49 yards to working again Kenny McIntosh.

THE TAKEAWAY

Tennessee: The Vols struggled within the big-game ambiance, particularly on offense the place crowd noise contributed to a sequence of false begins and unlawful process calls.

Tennessee’s playoff hopes are removed from gone, however the Vols are actually going to wish some assist.

Georgia: With all of the give attention to Tennessee’s Hooker, Bennett once more confirmed he can step up in a sport with main implications.

He was named offensive MVP in each playoff wins final season and excelled once more in opposition to the Vols, together with on his landing run when he escaped stress close to the 25 earlier than working to his proper and diving for the rating.

Bennett handed for 257 yards, finishing 17 of 25 passes.

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Reporting by The Related Press.


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