3. Georgia football smothers Tennessee’s rush attack… again
For the fifth straight meeting between Georgia football and Tennesse, the Dawgs held the Vols to under 100 rushing yards.
Toward the middle of the first half, it seemed like Tennessee would get in the triple-digit rushing yards, but the defense didn’t let that happen. Georgia held the Vols to 55 yards on 36 rush attempts.
Tennessee averaged 1.5 yards a rush, which is terrible. The Dawgs smothered the Vols on the ground and made them quit.
They couldn’t get any momentum from the ground game to complement their pass attack, so when Georgia made stops through the air, Tennessee really had nothing.
Jabari Small led the way for Tennessee as he recorded 12 carries for 49 yards. Hendon Hooker toted the rock 17 times for 7 yards because he lost 51 of his 58 yards after getting sacked six times.
Jordan Davis, Devonte Wyatt and the other members of the front seven did an excellent job at preventing Small or anyone else from getting many yards, and it proved to be a key stat.
Whoever had more success on the ground would win this matchup, and Tennessee couldn’t run the ball if the defense allowed them to. Georgia knew they had to take away the ground game to make the Vols one-dimensional.
Georgia shut down a team that averaged 217 yards on the ground and dared them to try and run it.
The Dawgs barely allowed this explosive Tennessee team to gain 1.5 yards a rush, and if that isn’t dominating, I’m not sure what is. Georgia is tough up front, and Tennessee just became victim No.10.