KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – D.J. Shockley and No. 5 Georgia stayed undefeated and on course for a trip to the Southeastern Conference championship.

Starting for the first time against a top-10 team, Shockley went 16-of-27 for 207 yards and ran 11 times for 51 yards as the Bulldogs won for the third straight time in Neyland Stadium, beating No. 8 Tennessee 27-14 on Saturday.

An erratic season continued for the Volunteers (3-2, 2-2), and their offense showed more ineptness with two costly fumbles and an interception.

Georgia (5-0, 3-0) led 13-0 in the third quarter after Brannan Southerland’s 1-yard touchdown run and two field goals by Brandon Coutu.

Tennessee needed help from its defense to avoid a shutout.

Jonathan Wade set up the Vols’ first touchdown when he intercepted Shockley and returned it 34 yards to the Georgia 1 in the third quarter. Rick Clausen sneaked over the pile to score on the first play, giving the Vols the momentum. But it didn’t last long.

Shockley fumbled on Georgia’s next series in Tennessee territory, but the Vols turned it over again. Tra Battle recovered Josh Briscoe’s fumble, but the Bulldogs failed to score on the ensuing possession.

Tennessee got it back at its 1 and had to punt. Thomas Flowers returned it 54 yards for a touchdown with 8:50 to go.

Thomas Brown added an 18-yard touchdown run with 1:44 left to pad Georgia’s lead. The Vols scored their second touchdown as time expired, a 24-yard pass from Clausen to Robert Meachem.

The Bulldogs got a boost in the SEC East standings when Florida lost to Alabama last week, and Georgia has a favorable schedule to win the division. The Bulldogs’ most difficult remaining league games are against Florida later this month and at home against Auburn in November.

And Shockley helped alleviated any fear Georgia fans had about his ability to adequately replace four-year starter David Greene.

Tennessee came into the game with the SEC’s top rush defense, but this time the Bulldogs’ defense was better. The Vols were held to 48 yards on the ground. Gerald Riggs had 52 yards rushing on 19 carries.

The Bulldogs had 405 yards of total offense.

Clausen, already hampered by a sore left Achilles’ tendon, could not pull off the kind of rally he led at LSU, but coach Phillip Fulmer didn’t let backup Erik Ainge play.

Clausen was 21-of-36 for 310 yards and had two turnovers in the first half.

DeMario Minter intercepted Clausen’s pass at the goal line and stopped an eight-play drive.

Clausen fumbled on the Vols’ following drive as he was chased by Darrius Swain, who was credited with the force and recovery.

Georgia capitalized with Coutu’s second field goal.

Tennessee’s defense took a major blow before halftime when cornerback Jason Allen was rolled over by Georgia’s 6-foot-7 Justin Pope. Allen had to be carted off the field, and team officials said he hurt his left hip and was taken to a hospital. His condition was not immediately available.

Allen came into the game as the Vols’ leading tackler and was their best defender in the secondary.

Georgia also lost a key defender when starting middle linebacker Tony Taylor left in the first half with an elbow injury. He was third on the team in tackles.

AP-ES-10-08-05 2019EDT


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