No. 3 Georgia took on No. 1 Tennessee on a rainy day at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga., making it even more disappointing for the Volunteers’ national championship aspirations. With a 27-13 demolition of the rival Vols, the Bulldogs jumped into sole possession of first place in the SEC East standings, continuing Georgia’s torrid run as champions and knocking Tennessee from the undefeated ranks.

Tennessee entered the game with the best scoring offense in the country, but Georgia’s dominant defense — led by star defensive lineman Jalen Carter — held the Vols to within three quarters. Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker, a Heisman Trophy candidate entering the game, didn’t have a single passing game of 20 or more yards despite being the centerpiece of this season’s offense.

Georgia QB Stetson Bennett IV scrambled for a 13-yard touchdown on the Dawgs’ second drive to make it a 7-3 ball game early in the contest. The defense stuck to the depth of Tennessee, and Paxton Brooks was forced to get out of the shadow of his own goal post. That set up the Georgia offense on a big field goal and Bennett promptly threw a 37-yard touchdown pass to Ladd McConkie to make it a 14-3 game. Bennett followed that up in the second quarter with a 5-yard strike to Marcus Rosemi-Jaxight to jump to a 21-3 lead. It was a good run for the reigning champions then.

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