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Tennessee vs Georgia Recap: Bulldogs Blowout the Vols, 41-0

This loss rivals Oregon as the worst loss of the Butch Jones era.

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Tennessee entered this weekend's game against the Georgia Bulldogs with an opportunity to get themselves back in the race for the SEC East division crown. They also had a chance to rid themselves of all the negative press and opinions surrounding the program.

But the Bulldogs had a different idea of how things should go and they made that pretty clear from the start.

Everyone was wondering how Tennessee's offense would fare against Georgia's defense and that wonderment was squashed quickly when quarterback Quinten Dormady was intercepted by Georgia on the first play of the game for the Vols.

Tennessee's defense responded in a big way, holding Georgia to a three-and-out and allowing only a field goal for the score.

Unfortunately for the Vols, that stop was arguably the best moment of the game on a night where not much else worked out in their favor.

On a day where the defense was able to find some type of rhythm, the offense could not balance the equation and the Vols were destroyed by Georgia in front of thousands of faithful fans, 41-0.

Quinten Dormady and co. did not record a first down until at least eight minutes had passed in the first quarter and the Vols continued their downward spiral on offense en route to arguably the worst loss of the Butch Jones era.

Georgia was up 10-0 by the time UT recorded their first down of the game and even though Tennessee played tough on defense, the score was pretty misleading when addressed within the full context of the game.

The first instance that comes to mind was one of the last plays of the first quarter. Tennessee defensive back Justin Martin intercepted a pass from Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm on Georgia's own 27-yard line.

Martin set the Vols up in perfect position to come away with at least three points, but starting center Jashon Robertson redefined the definition of butt-fumble when he bounced his own snap off of his inner thigh, resulting in a fumble recovery for Georgia.

At the time it seemed as if no matter what the Vols did, it would not work. And boy, were they proven right.

Tennessee was absolutely manhandled. They gained a meager 142 total yards on offense for the entire night and backup quarterback Jarrett Guarantano found himself on the field towards the end of the third quarter.

In what was arguably the worst defeat since the Oregon game in 2013, the Vols now have more questions than ever.