Tennessee 19, Georgia 14
Erik Ainge bounced back, and so did the Tennessee Volunteers.
Coming off a dismal performance the previous week, Ainge threw a pair of touchdown passes to lead No. 17 Tennessee to a 19-14 upset of third-ranked Georgia on Saturday.
The Vols, a 121/2-point underdog, prevented Georgia from taking control of the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division. They built a quick 10-0 lead and held off the Bulldogs (4-1, 2-1 SEC) at the end.
Driving from its 12 to the Tennessee 19, Georgia had one shot at the end zone with a second remaining, but David Greene's pass over the middle didn't come close to connecting with anyone, falling harmlessly to the ground.
Tennessee (4-1, 2-1) was coming off a 34-10 loss to Auburn at home. Playing their first road game of the season with a freshman quarterback, the Vols ended Georgia's 17-game winning streak at Sanford Stadium -- the second-longest in school history.
Ainge completed 12 of 21 for 150 yards and had no interceptions. He was picked off four times by Auburn and also lost a fumble in his first college start.
"Coach [Phillip Fulmer] told us there is nothing like going into someone else's house and being able to come into the locker room and sing after the game," Ainge said.
Tennessee built on a 13-7 lead after stuffing a fake punt by the Bulldogs late in the third quarter. Ainge threw a four-yard touchdown pass to Chris Hannon that made it 19-7 with 14 minutes 4 seconds remaining in the game.
Greene threw a school-record five touchdown passes in a 45-16 rout of LSU the previous week, but didn't come close to duplicating that performance against the worst-ranked pass defense in the SEC. He was 15 of 34 for 163 yards and no touchdowns.
"I couldn't explain it last week, and I can't explain it today," Greene said.
The Bulldogs were penalized 12 times for 82 yards. Also, Andy Bailey missed a 29-yard field goal in the closing minute of the first half.