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Tennessee beats Georgia 34-31 with Hail Mary on final play

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Tennessee works on a play each week in practice, usually in case.

Throw it adult and wish for a best.

It couldn’t have worked out any better: a Hail Mary that gave a Volunteers their many extraordinary quip yet.

Jauan Jennings hauled in a 43-yard pass from Joshua Dobbs on a final play, withdrawal No. 11 Tennessee with a overwhelming 34-31 feat over No. 25 Georgia after a Bulldogs seemed to win a diversion on a prolonged TD pass of their possess with 10 seconds remaining Saturday.

“It was a crazy play, things we dream about,” Dobbs said.

In all, a teams total for 3 touchdowns in a final 3 minutes.

The Vols (5-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) rallied from a double-digit necessity for a fourth time in 5 games, though nothing of a others were like this. Not even close. The SEC East rivals packaged a whole game’s value of movement into a back-and-forth ending, starting with Tennessee going forward for a initial time all afternoon by recuperating a Georgia fail in a finish section with 2:56 to go.

Then it was a Bulldogs (3-2, 1-2), going forward when Jacob Eason tossed a 47-yard touchdown pass to associate beginner Riley Ridley.

With a Sanford Stadium throng celebrating like their group had won, Tennessee took a kickoff into position to take one shot during a finish zone.

Dobbs hurled a soaring pass that a 6-foot-3 Jennings didn’t unequivocally have that many difficulty bringing down . He leaped above a scrum to make a catch, and afterwards landed on his behind as everybody on a Tennessee dais charged a margin to celebrate.

“I usually know to go get it,” Jennings said.

While a Vols whooped it adult with their small, orange-clad fortuitous in a dilemma of a Sanford Stadium, Georgia straggled off a margin in disbelief.

“I’ve never been partial of something like that,” pronounced Greg Pyke, a comparison descent lineman. “We won a game. Then, subsequent thing we know, we mislaid a game. It’s heartbreaking.”

Georgia’s early 17-0 lead had been embellished to 24-21 when Eason forsaken behind to pass from his possess finish zone, attempted to lift a round down and was dejected by dual Tennessee defenders, Derek Barnett and Cortez McDowell. The round came lax and Corey Vereen fell on it for a touchdown.

That wound adult being an afterthought.

Eason had another turnover, this one an interception by Malik Foreman, though Georgia used a integrate of a timeouts, hold defensively and got a round behind again. This time, a immature quarterback came through, fast pushing a Bulldogs past midfield and anticipating Ridley tarnishing behind dual defenders down a left sideline.

But Tennessee still had time, generally after an extreme jubilee chastisement forced a Bulldogs to flog off from their possess 20.

Evan Berry’s 20-yard lapse got a Vols in operation to chuck one up. When Jennings brought it down, Tennessee manager Butch Jones sank to his knees, overcome with emotion, while Vols using behind Alvin Kamara sprawled out on his back, clearly in disbelief.

“We have a many opposition group in a nation,” Dobbs said. “There’s no quit in this team.”


Tennessee: The Vols have gained a autocratic position in a SEC East with back-to-back victories over Florida and Georgia, expected to be their dual heading challengers in a multiplication race. That not usually puts Tennessee forward in a standings, though provides a tiebreaker corner that could come in accessible during a finish of a season.

Georgia: The Bulldogs have now mislaid dual in a quarrel in a SEC, a outrageous blow to their hopes of contending for a multiplication championship in Kirby Smart’s initial deteriorate as coach. It will be engaging to see how they rebound behind from such a harmful loss.


Georgia using behind Nick Chubb matched adult after spraining his ankle in a 45-14 detriment to Ole Miss.

He got in a diversion on a Bulldogs’ second possession, using for a 3-yard benefit while a throng cheered wildly.

That would be his usually carry.

Sony Michel started and finished with 91 yards on 16 carries, while beginner Brian Herrien ran 15 times for 77 yards.


Tennessee could pierce behind into a Top 10, while Georgia is certain to decrease out of a rankings for a initial time this deteriorate when The Associated Press check comes out Sunday. The Bulldogs hardly hung on to a final mark after their large detriment during Ole Miss.


Tennessee: The Vols are confronting their third true diversion opposite a ranked opponent, and another tough one on a road, when they transport to College Station to take on No. 9 Texas AM (5-0). It doesn’t get any easier after that, either. No. 1 Alabama visits Neyland Stadium on Oct. 15, finishing off a toughest partial of Tennessee’s schedule.

Georgia: The Bulldogs strike a highway to face another SEC East rival, South Carolina (2-3, 1-3).


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