By Scott Crumbly
SEC Digital Network
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – No. 6 Georgia got all it could handle on Saturday afternoon in Knoxville against Tennessee, but some late game heroics and a Tennessee miscue in overtime helped the Bulldogs escape with a 34-31 win.
After Raijon Neal scored a rushing touchdown to put Tennessee (3-3, 0-2 Southeastern Conference) ahead by a score, Murray marched Georgia down the field for a 10-play, 75-yard scoring drive that ended with a touchdown pass to Rantavious Wooten with five seconds to play.
In the first overtime period, Tennessee's Alton Howard appeared to be headed for another rushing touchdown, but he fumbled the ball just before reaching the pylon. The ball went out of the end zone, resulting in a touchback and zero points for the Volunteers to open the overtime. On the ensuing possession, Marshall Morgan knocked in a 42-yard field goal to give the Dawgs the three-point win.
Murray finished the day with 196 yards through the air and three touchdown passes. The Bulldogs (4-1, 3-0) were without their two top running backs, as Todd Gurley was still nursing a leg injury and did not play and backup Keith Marshall sustained a knee injury in the early goings. J.J. Green was called upon in their absence and performed admirably, rushing for nearly 130 yards for UGA.
Neal played big for the Vols, running for 148 yards and a pair of scores to help UT push Georgia to the brink.
Passing – Justin Worley, 17-for-31, 215 yards, TD
Rushing – Raijon Neal, 28 car, 148 yards, 2 TD
Receiving – Alton Howard, 4 rec, 70 yards
Passing – Aaron Murray, 19-for-35, 196, 3 TD
Rushing – J.J. Green, 17 car, 129 yards
Receiving – Chris Conley, 5 rec, 64 yards, TD
• Georgia now trails the all-time series, which dates back to 1899, 21-20-2.
• The Bulldogs have now won four straight in the series and five of the last six overall.
• Aaron Murray surpassed former Bulldog David Greene to become the SEC’s all-time leading passer on the day.
• Tennessee debuted their “Old Smokey” grey uniforms, the first time they had worn anything other than its signature orange jerseys in a home game since they wore black jerseys in 2009. Only the third time since the 1930s that the Vols have worn anything other than orange at home.