The Tennessee Volunteers and Georgia Bulldogs played the early candidate for the wildest game of the 2016 college football season on Saturday afternoon. After the Bulldogs went ahead on a 47-yard touchdown pass from true freshman quarterback Jacob Eason with just 10 seconds remaining, two Bulldogs penalties (an unsportsmanlike conduct and offsides on the kickoff), gave Tennessee new life. The Vols would win the game on a 43-yard Hail Mary prayer that was answered when Jauan Jennings came down with the catch from Joshua Dobbs to move Tennessee to 5-0.
It was another slow start for the Volunteers, who trailed 17-0 in the second quarter. They trailed by three points with just under three minutes to go in the game, but a strip sack in the end zone of Eason, allowed Corey Vereen to fall on the ball for a fumble recovery touchdown, giving Tennessee a late 28-24 lead. It seemed the clock would strike midnight on yet another Cinderella comeback when Riley Ridley would slip behind the Volunteers secondary and snag a pass that was seemingly launched out of a cannon by Eason to give the Bulldogs the lead once more.
Tennessee will play next weekend on the road against the Texas A&M Aggies, while Georgia will go on the road to play South Carolina. With the win, the Volunteers now hold an extreme advantage on the SEC East, having knocked off their two primary challengers in Florida and Georgia, in back-to-back weeks.
The last time the Volunteers were 5-0? The year was 1998 and they went on to win the National Championship.