Scores

Final

Georgia 19

(3-3, 2-2 SEC)

Tennessee 45

(3-3, 1-2 SEC)

12:21 PM ET, October 10, 2009

Neyland Stadium, KNOXVILLE, TN

1 2 3 4 T
UGA 0 12 7 019
TENN 0 21 17 745

Top Performers

Passing: J. Crompton (TENN) - 310 YDS, 4 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: M. Hardesty (TENN) - 20 CAR, 97 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: G. Jones (TENN) - 5 REC, 105 YDS, 2 TD

Crompton's career-high 310 passing yards, 4 TDs power Tennessee

Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin didn't defeat Florida as promised. He did deliver on another guarantee with a 45-19 win over the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday.

"[Kiffin] basically made a promise to us that we wouldn't lose to them anymore, forever or until he leaves," Volunteers safety Eric Berry said. "He's not going to let Georgia beat us."

The first-year coach got some help from Jonathan Crompton, who passed for a career-high 310 yards and threw for four touchdowns.

Kiffin had emphasized the Georgia game to his players due to its importance in recruiting. Because the state of Tennessee doesn't produce many elite prospects, coaches traditionally have recruited in Georgia, and 12 current Vols hail from the bordering state -- including Berry.

"I told the guys last night, I don't know all the Tennessee history or tradition of all the matchups," Kiffin said. "There are a lot of great teams in this conference. But I told them, to me, this is the biggest matchup."

It was his first Southeastern Conference victory and kept the Volunteers (3-3, 1-2) from going 0-3 in the league for a second season in a row. Georgia (3-3, 2-2) dropped to 3-3 for the first time under coach Mark Richt.

"They played better. They coached better. It's very obvious their team was a better team by a long shot," Richt said.

The Vols' passing game had faltered at times this season, with Crompton struggling with his accuracy and his receivers often dropping passes when he was on target.

But by halftime Saturday, Crompton had already thrown for 205 yards and three touchdowns. He finished 20-for-27.

Georgia's offense never reached the red zone, and the Tennessee defense held it to 241 yards compared with the Vols' 472.

The Bulldogs found other ways to put up points. Brandon Boykin scored on his second 100-yard kickoff return of the season, and Bacarri Rambo returned Crompton's interception 28 yards for a TD.

Blair Walsh kicked a 52-yard field goal, and Zach Renner blocked a punt by Chad Cunningham that sailed through the end zone for a safety.

"I don't know that I've ever been involved in a game where the defense didn't let a team into the red zone one time," Kiffin said.

Crompton was a perfect 4-for-4 for 67 yards on a drive late in the first half, finding Marsalis Teague on a 5-yard touchdown pass for a 21-10 lead with 2:40 left. He also connected with Gerald Jones on a 51-yard score, the Vols' longest pass of the season.

Despite being Tennessee's most productive receiver returning from last season, Jones had struggled with drops and mistakes while recovering from an ankle injury and wrist surgery. He had a season-best 105 yards receiving and two touchdowns.

It was Georgia's Joe Cox who played the role of struggling quarterback. Cox finished 19-for-34 with 146 yards and no touchdowns.

On the opening drive of the third quarter, Cox fumbled a snap, recovered and threw to Tennessee's Dennis Rogan while under pressure. The interception set up a 30-yard field goal by Daniel Lincoln to give the Vols a 24-12 lead.

"It's so frustrating to come out and have so many things go wrong," Cox said. "It's embarrassing. We are not doing the things we need to do as players."

The SEC's leading receiver, Georgia's A.J. Green, finished with only 60 yards on eight catches. Its leading rusher, Tennessee's Montario Hardesty, had 97 yards on the ground and a touchdown.

Richt opened his career by winning four out of his first five meetings with Tennessee, but the Vols have won three of the last four.

The game has often been one of the SEC East's premier matchups, but for the first time in 38 meetings neither team was ranked coming in.

"We've got a long way to go to become a good football team," Richt said.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UGA
TENN
1st Downs1324
Total Yards241472
Passing152310
Rushing89162
Penalties9-797-47
3rd Down Conversions3-135-11
4th Down Conversions0-20-0
Turnovers31
Possession25:5534:05

Passing Leaders

GeorgiaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Cox19/341464.302
TennesseeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Crompton20/2731011.541

Rushing Leaders

GeorgiaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Thomas33010.0013
Samuel5255.0017
TennesseeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hardesty20974.9139
Brown9212.319

Receiving Leaders

GeorgiaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Green8607.5021
Moore6498.2014
TennesseeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jones510521.0251
Moore47318.3133

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERUGATENN
TD13:10Gerald Jones 6 Yd Pass From Jonathan Crompton (Daniel Lincoln Kick) 07
TD12:56Brandon Boykin 100 Yd Kickoff Return (Blair Walsh Kick) 77
TD11:29Denarius Moore 33 Yd Pass From Jonathan Crompton (Daniel Lincoln Kick) 714
FG05:36Blair Walsh 52 Yd 1014
TD02:40Marsalis Teague 5 Yd Pass From Jonathan Crompton (Daniel Lincoln Kick) 1021
SF00:23Ball Through End Zone 1221
THIRD QUARTERUGATENN
FG10:15Daniel Lincoln 30 Yd 1224
TD08:21Bacarri Rambo 28 Yd Interception Return (Blair Walsh Kick) 1924
TD04:06Montario Hardesty 39 Yd Run (Daniel Lincoln Kick) 1931
TD00:59Gerald Jones 51 Yd Pass From Jonathan Crompton (Daniel Lincoln Kick) 1938
FOURTH QUARTERUGATENN
TD07:48Bryce Brown 1 Yd Run (Daniel Lincoln Kick) 1945