College Football 2009: UT pins the tail on UGA’s donkey

But first, Army beat Vanderbilt in overtime 16 to 13.

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UGA’s Bulldogs swirled and spun with the Tennessee Volunteers this afternoon at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, TN.  Broadcast on Peachtree TV and with commentary by Andre Ware and Dave Neal, the first quarter was scoreless and predominantly uneventful until the clock went to two minutes and thirty-nine seconds when Bulldogs quarterback Joe Cox’s throw was interrupted by Volunteers defensive end Chris Walker.  That turnover eventually lead to a touchdown in the top of the second quarter with a connection between Volunteers quarterback Jonathan Crompton and wide receiver Gerald Jones.  The Bulldogs barked back with a 100 yard kickoff return TD by cornerback Brandon Boykin, who had broke through the middle of field in front of the end zone, made a dash for the sidelines and took the ball all the way to the other side of the field.  UGA 7 and UT 7.

Say what karaoke happened next?  The Volunteers wide receiver Denarius Moore launched his body towards the bottom left corner of the end zone (from the POV of the field) and extended his right arm forward to break the plane.  There was a booth review, which then confirmed the TD call.  UT 14 and UGA 7.  The Dawgs responded with a fifty-three yard Blair Walsh field goal (filmed from an extreme high angle, long shot behind the uprights such that I had to look at the officials’ hand signals to know if the good was good or not).  The Volunteers amped up their offense Chi with a third TD (catch made by wide receiver Marsalis Teague).  UT 21 and UGA 10.  With half a minute left in the first half, the Dawgs got a safety when Zach Renner blocked Chad Cunningham’s punt.  UT 21 and UGA 12.

The third quarter started with Volunteers defensive back Dennis Rogan catching a pass that Joe Cox meant to the sidelines.  Handbags.  More than 100,000 spectators saw that turnover.  The Volunteers jumped ahead numerically with a field goal at the end of that drive.  Kicker Daniel Lincoln sent up a thirty yarder.   UT 24 and UGA 12.  A few minutes later, the Dawgs’ defense caught the Volunteers unawares as strong saftey Bacarri Rambo intercepted Jonathan Crompton’s pass and scampered twenty-eight yards into the end zone (click here to watch me watching the instant replay of the interception).  UT 24 and UGA 19 (truly awesome).  Those Volunteers would not be intimidated or disheartened.  Running back Montario Hardesty ran thirty-nine yards into that end zone.  Fewer than ninety seconds remained in the third quarter and Gerald Jones made another TD.  UT 38 and UGA 19.  The entire Volunteers team then gathered on the field and simulated a bit of a moshpit–without the body surfing.

And Peachtree TV’s signal went out.  “We are experiencing technical difficulties, please stand by.”  That lasted just a few minutes.  Hmmm.

A dark shadow hovered over the Dawgs in the fourth quarter.  Volunteers defensive back Eric Berry got his hands on a ball that wide receiver Michael Moore caught then fumbled.  Three plays later, running back Bryce Brown trotted into the end zone.   Logan Gray went in as QB in the middle of the quarter.  Nick Stephens went in for Jonathan Crompton as well.  Andre Ware remarked that most of the Dawgs’ fans had left or were in the processing of vacating the premises by the final minute of the game.  UT 45 and UGA 19.  Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  I started watched the game three minutes in to the first quarter.  Once again, due to the weather, the TV signal was patchy.  Splotchy.

2.  The Volunteers’ end zone makes me think of Home Depot.

3.  The commercial break before the two minute warning in the first quarter was prologued by a shot of the Volunteers Smokey IX, followed by a low angle, medium close-up of UGA’s Loran’s Best.

4.  Denarius Moore didn’t just reach over that pylon in the top of the first quarter.  As one of the commentators remarked during the subsequent slow-motion instant replay (from various angles), Moore leaped into the air after dodging a Bulldogs defender at around the five yard line and had amazing hangtime.  It resembled a basketball play, especially in slow-motion.  That play, as it was televised, was filmed from a high angle, medium long shot.  Moore’s entire body was on screen.  The sidelines was on the left side of his body.

5.  An instant replay of Gerald Jones’s first TD of the game revealed that he had the ball in both of his hands as he hurled his body, hands first, towards the bottom left pylon.

Get game summary, stats, and play-by-play here.

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