Key moment: Georgia fullback Brannan Southerland, whose hands haven't been consistently trustworthy, caught D.J. Shockley's pass for 10 yards on third and 8 early in the possession on which the Bulldogs scored.
Key stat: After gaining 27 yards on its first 11 plays, the Bulldogs covered 86 yards on 14 plays for a first-quarter touchdown.
The man: Quarterback D.J. Shockley was 3 for 3 on third downs for 45 yards on Georgia's solid scoring drive.
Score: Georgia 7, Tennessee 0
Key moment: UT quarterback Rick Clausen had time, and Brett Smith was open in the end zone, but Clausen's pass from the 15 on second and six was too high. On the next play, his pass to Chris Hannon was underthrown and picked off by Demario Minter at the one to kill the scoring threat.
Key stat: Clausen had nicer first-half numbers - 9 of 16 for 154 yards - than Shockley - 10 of 18 for 111 - but turnovers were the difference: Shockley had none, Clausen had an interception and a fumble.
The man: Hawkinsville alum Charles Johnson blasted in from the left side, smashed Clausen during a decent drive late in the quarter and caused a fumble. The ball appeared to be recovered by UT lineman Arron Sears but Georgia was awarded possession and settled for a harrowing half-ending field goal.
Score: Georgia 10, Tennessee 7
Key moment: Backed up to his 10 in front of a nothing-but-UT section right after a Vols' touchdown, Shockley hit redshirt freshman Kenneth Harris with a strike for a 32-yard gain to get the Bulldogs out of a hole and erase field position worries at a crucial time.
Key statistic: Georgia is among the most penalized teams around, but UT in the third alone was flagged five times for 35 yards, the biggest a cut-block call on an 11-yard gain by Gerald Riggs on third-and-1 play, forcing a punt a play later.
The man: Jonathan Wade, whose interception made it a game, but also who was on Harris on that big gain from deep that, after a series of plot twists, proved to be an overlooked huge play.
The score: Georgia 13-7
Key moment: The punt was a good one, sending Thomas Flowers backward. But the hole once he caught the punt from UT's 8 grew and grew, and he went 54 yards for a huge touchdown with 8:50 left and a two-touchdown lead.
Key statistic: Tireless workhorse Thomas Brown ran 10 times for 75 yards in the fourth quarter, including 9-for-71 on the game-cinching scoring drive he capped with an 18-yard scamper. He ended the day with 94 yards on 20 carries.
The men: Safety Tra Battle and defensive back Mikey Henderson share honors, Battle for stripping Robert Meacham after a big first-down pass gain and causing a fumble, and Henderson for downing a punt at the UT one with 10:46 left, leading eventually to Flowers' touchdown.
The score: Georgia 27-14