Georgia 27, Tennessee 14
D.J. Shockley and No. 5 Georgia stayed undefeated and on course for a trip to the Southeastern Conference championship.
Starting for the first time against a top-10 team, Shockley went 16 of 27 for 207 yards and ran 11 times for 51 yards as the Bulldogs won for the third straight time at Neyland Stadium, beating No. 8 Tennessee, 27-14, on Saturday.
"I think this was a game that really put people out there to show that these guys can play a quality opponent and win a game and do it on the road," Shockley said.
An erratic season continued for the Volunteers (3-2, 2-2), and their offense showed more ineptness with two costly fumbles and an interception.
Georgia (5-0, 3-0) led 13-0 in the third quarter after Brannan Southerland's one-yard touchdown run and two field goals by Brandon Coutu.
Tennessee needed help from its defense to avoid a shutout.
Jonathan Wade set up the Vols' first touchdown when he intercepted Shockley and returned it 34 yards to the Georgia 1-yard line in the third quarter. Rick Clausen sneaked over the pile to score on the first play, giving the Vols the momentum. But it didn't last long.
Shockley fumbled on Georgia's next series in Tennessee territory, but the Vols turned it over again. Tra Battle recovered Josh Briscoe's fumble, but the Bulldogs failed to score on the ensuing possession.
Tennessee got it back at its 1 and had to punt. Thomas Flowers returned it 54 yards for a touchdown with 8 minutes 50 seconds remaining.
Thomas Brown added an 18-yard touchdown run with 1:44 left to pad Georgia's lead. The Vols scored their second touchdown as time expired, a 24-yard pass from Clausen to Robert Meachem.
The Bulldogs got a boost in the SEC East standings when Florida lost to Alabama last week, and Georgia has a favorable schedule to win the division. The Bulldogs' most difficult remaining league games are against Florida later this month and at home against Auburn in November.
"We control our destiny still. That's where you want to be," Georgia Coach Mark Richt said.
Tennessee came into the game with the SEC's top rush defense, but this time the Bulldogs' defense was better. The Vols were held to 48 yards on the ground. Gerald Riggs had 52 yards rushing on 19 carries.
The Bulldogs had 405 yards of total offense.
"Obviously, we're very disappointed in the loss. I thought we had a really great week of preparation coming into the game," Tennessee Coach Phillip Fulmer said. "Defensively, I thought we played well enough to win the ballgame."
Clausen was 21 of 36 for 310 yards and had two turnovers in the first half.
DeMario Minter intercepted Clausen's pass at the goal line and stopped an eight-play drive.
Clausen fumbled on the Vols' following drive as he was chased by Darrius Swain, who was credited with the force and recovery.
Georgia capitalized with Coutu's second field goal.
Tennessee lost cornerback Jason Allen in the second quarter when he was hit by Georgia's 6-foot-7 lineman, Justin Pope. Allen had to be carted off the field, and team officials said he hurt his left hip and was taken to a hospital. His condition was not immediately available, but Fulmer said he would be "out for a while."
Allen came into the game as Tennessee's leading tackler.