Today’s game against Georgia was an utter beatdown. It was the first time Tennessee had been shutout since 1994 and the worst home loss since 1905. You’ve got to take a look at these numbers from today.
Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm was just 7-15 for 84 yards. He threw one touchdown and was picked off once. He ran for two scores. It’s pretty staggering that Georgia was able to put up 41 points while throwing for under 100 yards. For the most part, Fromm wasn’t all that great as a passer. He simply wasn’t needed in that sense today, though.
The Bulldogs had three rushers go for over 50 yards on the day. Nick Chubb ran for 109 on just 16 carries. Sony Michel ran for 64 more while Elijah Holyfield added another 51. As a team, Georgia ran for 294 yards on 55 tries — that’s an average of 5.3 per carry.
On the flip side, Tennessee ran for just 62 yards on 29 carries. That’s an average of 2.1 per carry, which obviously won’t get the job done ever. Tennessee threw for just 80 yards on 23 attempts. John Kelly ran for just 44 yards on 16 carries. That’s all kinds of awful.
Quinten Dormady’s stat line was about as ugly as his performance today. He ended just 5-16 for 64 yards and two picks. Jarrett Guarantano went 6-7 in relief of Dormady, but managed just 16 yards.
The Vols were 1 for 12 on third down, managing just seven first downs all day. Georgia was 9 for 16 on third down, to contrast. Four turnovers were far from the difference today for Tennessee, but they sure didn’t help matters.
Interestingly enough, I thought the defense came out ready. The offense just couldn’t sustain anything. It was just a matter of time before they wore down, and they fell apart in the 2nd quarter. Georgia broke their wills in the 2nd half.
It was a Dooley-level performance. I don’t think it was a matter of not being ready to play, I think it was a matter of talent and coaching. This offensive scheme isn’t working with the current personnel, which is ironic since it’s year five and Butch has his players in place.
Tennessee doesn’t have an answer at quarterback. The defense isn’t carrying this football team. It’s just hard to find an answers right now. I’d like to say the bye week will give the staff a chance to change things up, but I’m not holding my breath.