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RTI Notebook: Rewatching No. 14 Tennessee vs. No. 3 Georgia

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Fourth Quarter

Tennessee’s fifth drive: A three-and-out … again

  • Tennessee couldn’t get anything going on its first series of the fourth quarter. Chandler could only rush for two on first down because the Georgia defensive line shifted before the snap and confused the Tennessee offensive line. Then, on second down, Palmer couldn’t get anywhere on a screen. On 3rd-and-8, Guarantano got hammered as he let go of the football, and threw an incomplete pass as he tried to find Brandon Johnson. Ty Chandler whiffed in pass protection which prevented Guarantano from stepping into this throw.

Georgia’s fifth drive: This one appears to be out of reach

  • Tennessee’s defense was on the field far too much in the third quarter and it showed on Georgia’s first possession of the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs marched down the field with relative ease to take a 37-21 lead on a 1-yard passing touchdown fro Bennett to freshman defensive lineman Jalen Carter.
  • The Bulldogs began the drive with a 13-yard completion to Demetrius Robinson.
  • Georgia then faced a 3rd-and-3 from Tennessee’s 45-yard line, but Zamir White rushed for five to pick up the first down. A play later, Bennett found Jackson for 33-yards. Theo Jackson got beat on a go-route to set up 1st-and-goal.

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Tennessee’s sixth drive: The drive that ended it

  • Tennessee began the drive that ultimately ended the game with a 5-yard completion from Guarantano to Gray. Following an incomplete pass intended for Palmer, Guarantano was sacked on 3rd-and-5 and fumbled. Gray got blown up in pass protection by Monty Rice, who stripped Guarantano, scooped up the football and rumbled 20-yards to the end zone to put Georgia up 44-21 and the finishing touches on the football game.
  • It was Guarantano’s third sack of the second half in which he fumbled the football, two of which Georgia recovered that led to 10 points. Tennessee’s offensive line deserves just as much blame for horrific protection, but Guarantano simply has to do a better job of protecting the football.

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