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No. 3 Georgia rallies for a 44-21 win over No. 14 Vols

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Georgia Athletics
Photo: AP Photo/John Bazemore

ATHENS, Ga. - The third-ranked Georgia Bulldogs defeated the 14th-ranked Tennessee Volunteers 44-21 Saturday at Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium in front of a crowd of 20,524 and a nationally-televised audience on CBS.

After trailing the Volunteers 21-17 at halftime, the Bulldogs came out in the second half and shutout Tennessee 27-0 in the second half of the game.

Georgia (3-0) tallied 431 yards of offense: 238 passing and 193 rushing. The Bulldogs defense shined, holding the Vols (2-1) to -1 rushing yards and 214 total yards. The defense picked up five sacks and forced three fumbles with an interception Saturday.

Redshirt-junior quarterback Stetson Bennett completed 16-of-27 passes for 238 total yards with two passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown.

The receiving corps was once again led by redshirt-freshman Kearis Jackson with four catches for 91 yards and his first receiving touchdown. Jackson has led Georgia's receivers in all three games this season.

Sophomore Kenny McIntosh recorded 123 all-purpose yards (45 rushing, 36 receiving). Freshman Kendall Milton finished as Georgia's leading rusher with 56 yards on eight carries. Redshirt-sophomore Zamir White picked up a touchdown with 50 total yards on 22 carries.

Redshirt-sophomore kicker Jack Podlesny made a career-best three field goals, including a new career-long 51-yarder that came in the third quarter. He was also perfect on five extra points, also a new career-best.

Defensively, senior Monty Rice finished as Georgia's leading tackler for the second game in a row, finishing with eight, including two tackles for a loss, a sack, and a fourth-quarter scoop-and-score. Redshirt-sophomore Azeez Ojulari totaled five tackles with two sacks and two forced fumbles.

Next up

Georgia travels to Tuscaloosa, Alabama for a matchup with the Alabama Crimson Tide next Saturday, Oct. 17. Kickoff between the Bulldogs and Tide is slated for 8 p.m., ET, on CBS.