Posted October 06, 2013

Georgia edges Tennessee in overtime; more midday Week 6 Snap Judgments

Butch Jones, Georgia Bulldogs, Mark Richt, Snap Judgments, Tennessee Volunteers
(Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

The Bulldogs’ Rantavious Wooten had two touchdown catches in Saturday’s win. (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Snap Judgments from the Week 6 midday slate. For more content check out our early and late snaps

But it wasn’t to be. A video review showed that Howard lost control of the ball moments before crossing the goal line, and officials ruled the play a touchback.

That was all the Bulldogs needed. On the ensuing possession, Georgia kicker Marshall Morgan — who had already connected on a career-high 56-yard field goal in the first quarter — booted a 42-yard field goal to seal the win. The victory featured another masterful performance from Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray, who hit senior receiver Rantavious Wooten in the end zone for a two-yard touchdown pass with five seconds left in regulation that knotted the game at 31 and forced overtime.

In the first half, Tennessee did not look capable of contending with Georgia, which carried a 17-3 lead into the break. But the Volunteers surged back to tie the score at 17 in the third quarter following a 19-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Justin Worley to receiver Marquez North, and a punt block touchdown. With the score tied at 24 midway through the fourth quarter, Tennessee put together a 13-play, 80-yard drive that ended with a seven-yard Raijon Neal touchdown run with 1:54 remaining. But Murray kept the Bulldogs alive by leading a 10-play, 75-yard touchdown drive of his own — and set the stage for Morgan’s game-winning kick.

The Vols donned special “Smokey gray” jerseys for the first time. The last time Tennessee defeated a ranked opponent — a 31-13 win over No. 22 South Carolina in 2009 — the Volunteers wore black jerseys. But against Georgia, uniform magic wasn’t enough for coach Butch Jones and his scrappy team to complete a BCS-altering upset.

Jones made some gutsy calls at key moments late in the game. Tennessee converted all three of its fourth-down tries on Saturday, including a critical pass from Worley to tight end A.J. Branisel that went for 28 yards on fourth-and-one with less than three minutes left in the fourth quarter. Worley, who appeared more comfortable in the second half, completed 17-of-31 passes for 215 yards and a touchdown; he also didn’t throw an interception after throwing five in the past two games.

But Murray was the real star in this one. In addition to engineering the game-tying drive, the senior passed for 196 yards and three touchdowns, with no interceptions. With each victory, Murray continues to shake off his reputation as a quarterback who can’t win big games. He even became the SEC’s all-time leading passer on Saturday.

The Bulldogs look like national title contenders, even with an opening-week loss to Clemson on their resumé. Before playing the Volunteers, Georgia had already beaten two top-10 opponents (LSU and South Carolina). The trouble for the Dawgs will be staying healthy. One week after they lost running back Todd Gurley to an ankle injury, tailback Keith Marshall went down with a leg injury, and receivers Michael Bennett and Justin Scott-Wesley were also carted off the field. [RECAP l BOX]

• No. 19 Michigan 42, Minnesota 13: Wolverines quarterback Devin Gardner finally looked like the player who dissected Notre Dame’s defense in Week 2. In routing the Golden Gophers, Gardner completed 13-of-17 passes for 235 yards and one touchdown — and he didn’t throw an interception for the first time as a starter. He hit tight end Devin Funchess in the end zone from 24 yards out with 1:25 remaining in the first half to give Michigan a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.

Minnesota played the game without coach Jerry Kill, who remains in Minneapolis after suffering a seizure on Saturday morning. [RECAP l BOX]

• No. 14 Miami 45, Georgia Tech 30: The Hurricanes led the Yellow Jackets 24-23 until midway through the fourth quarter. At that point, Miami took off, scoring three touchdowns in the last eight minutes to clinch the victory. Miami quarterback Stephen Morris completed 17-of-22 passes for 324 yards and three touchdowns, with two picks, while running back Duke Johnson carried 22 times for 184 yards. [RECAP l BOX]

• No. 21 Oklahoma State 33, Kansas State 29: Cowboys quarterback J.W. Walsh wasn’t going to suffer a heartbreaking loss two Saturdays in a row. One week after getting upset by West Virginia, Oklahoma State rallied in the fourth quarter to hold off the Wildcats. Walsh’s six-yard pass to Charlie Moore with 4:13 remaining gave the Cowboys a 30-29 lead. The Pokes added a late field goal to seal the game and keep their Big 12 title hopes alive. Meanwhile, Kansas State quarterback Daniel Sams gained 299 total yards (181 passing, 118 rushing) in the losing effort. [RECAP l BOX]

• No. 3 Clemson 49, Syracuse 14: Tajh Boyd welcomed the Orange to the ACC with a monster game. The Tigers’ quarterback threw for 455 yards and five touchdowns, with one interception, in only three quarters of action as Clemson blitzed Syracuse in the Carrier Dome. Boyd put up a game’s worth of stats by halftime, by which point he’d already completed 15-of-17 passes for 317 yards and four touchdowns. The Tigers’ Sammy Watkins (126) and Adam Humphries (118) both surpassed the 100-yard receiving mark. [RECAP l BOX]

• Washington State 44, Cal 22: Now this looked like a vintage Mike Leach performance from the Cougars. Quarterback Connor Halliday threw for 521 yards and three touchdowns to help Washington State race to its highest-scoring conference game in 10 years. The Cougars gained 570 yards of total offense. On the other sideline, Bears coach Sonny Dykes again failed to win his first game against an FBS opponent in his debut season. [RECAP l BOX]

22 comments
TheTruthIsHere
TheTruthIsHere

georgia better me lower than FSU now in the rankings 

cuthbert
cuthbert

I could not disagree more. Georgia absolutely did not look like national title contenders. They lucked their way into a victory this week and were completely exposed. They are officially out of the title picture.

AaronDunckel
AaronDunckel

despite all the SEC hype - one of their "national championship caliber" teams just barely beat (and should have lost to) a Tennessee team that was DESTROYED by Oregon earlier this year.  Say what you want about timing and rivalry and such, but the Oregon game wasn't even close - and the UGA game was one that they should have won if not for a few calls by the officials at the end of the game  ----


Take into account that we dont really know how good S Car is this year (shaky resume) - and  I think we can say that so far, the SEC East is pretty overrated relative to what they've accomplished

jimmercik
jimmercik

Kudos to Mr. Z Ellis on this article re GA vs TN .. I watched this game and his article was spot-on analysis-wise.  That was as good a college game as you could see.... from the standpoint of a viewer (like me for example) who did not have a vested interest in the outcome. That touchback call in OT (clearly supported by replay video) really summarized the game.... TN a few inches from victory .. what a great effort by two great SEC schools. Got to give that GA kicker some credit. Got to give TN squad as a whole some credit for taking over the 2nd half.

JeffBockert
JeffBockert

Oregon was up on Tennessee 27-0 at the end of the first quarter. We all know that Georgia is over rated every year. Remember when Boise State went down there and kicked their butts on their home field? I hope Oregon gets to play Alabama this year. 

JakeDemitre
JakeDemitre

Better get used to Butch Jones flopping in the big time.  As an CMU grad and Cincinnati native, I have watched this guy longer than I like to admit.  His clock management skills are downright elementary. 

One example- UC vs. Rutgers two years ago.  Rutgers had the ball and they were charging toward the goal.  UC had 3 timeouts left, and there were a few minutes left in the game.  Third and long, instead of taking at timeout, butch lets utgers run the clock down. Rutgers throws it in the endzone, UC intercepts.  Now there is little time left for UC to do anything, and UC goes into the half sitting on all their timeouts. 

This repeated itself today, when Butch refused to use his timeouts before the half. 

Another example- UC versus Louisville, the winner goes to the Sugar Bowl.  A replay clearly shows that UC intercepted Teddy Bridgewater in the end zone, yet Butch does not challenge.  Teddy throws a TD on the next play.

This repeated itself today.  The football was spotted as a first down, when the Georgia running back clearly stepped out of bounds a yard shy, which would have been fourth down.  Butch does not challenge, and Georgia shores a TD.

In the same UC vs. Louisville game, the game went to overtime. Butch tried to ice the kicker, which rarely, if ever works.  Butch calls timeout, right before the Louisville kicker attempts the kick, and misses.  The kicker thanks Butch, then goes ahead and makes his next kick to win the game for Louisville. 

And that's just the beginning, folks. Just wait till he sticks with an inferior player too long, because of "loyalty".  Or makes you laugh with his silly slogans.  Or claims after a loss that he is "proud of his players".  Oh wait, he already did that last one at Tennessee.

Lyle is not worthy of Vols nations support.  You deserve better.  And in a few years, you will get the chance to finally make a good hire.  

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@cuthbert A win and still a legitimate contender to win the SEC title, yet GA is eliminated from the title picture?   Nice try.     You may not like it and you may attempt to make up the rules as you go, but at least you are amusing in your rambling.

GernBlanski
GernBlanski

@AaronDunckel Yep UGA is overrated. How many top ten teams has Oregon played and beaten so far this year? 

AaronDunckel
AaronDunckel

@jimmercik  refs gave GA everything it neeeded on those final plays in regulation to get them to OT in the first place though

The Dude
The Dude

@JeffBockert That's the matchup I want to see. Oregon always does something to eliminate themselves. Let's hope not this time.

hhuntercali
hhuntercali

@JeffBockert when Oregon finally gets around to winning a national championship they will get respect. Until then we aren't listening.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@JeffBockert Let me see if I get this.  Because Tennessee lost big three weeks ago in a non-conference road game at Oregon, and Tennessee played Georgia very tough in a conference rivalry home game that has a history of being close, and Boise beat Georgia in Atlanta two years ago, this all means that Oregon will beat Alabama if they get a chance to play in January, 2014.   Nice logic.

AaronDunckel
AaronDunckel

@JakeDemitre an  Un necessary roughness call and shady pass interference call in the endzone cost Tenn that game in regulation....    guy was a couple of calls and a play in OT away from beating a top-tier conference opponent - lay off dude

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@JakeDemitre Great points.  Because it is always the coach's fault when a guy drops the ball inside the one yard line.

AaronDunckel
AaronDunckel

@JoeCabot @cuthbert you're right - they're not out of the title picture - but they should be.  UGA should not have won that game - they should have lost in regulation when a flurry of penalties gave them that tying touchdown.   They should have lost when a UT player fumbled at the goal line.   They did not look like a championship caliber team yesterday.  

Championship caliber teams dont squeak by the same team that another championship caliber team blew out of the building

AaronDunckel
AaronDunckel

@JoeCabot @JeffBockert minus the boise comment - he IS correct on that Oregon destroyed a team that UGA was a few calls at the end of the 4th qtr from losing to