Halftime Analysis: UGA 30, Tennessee 30

September, 29, 2012
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Stat of the half: 20-0. Georgia seemed to be on the way to a blowout win when it went up 27-10 early in the second quarter, but Tennessee mounted a 20-0 run and actually took the lead before Georgia kicker Marshall Morgan’s 50-yard field goal at the buzzer made it 30-all at the break. The Volunteers capitalized on a pair of Bulldogs turnovers deep in Georgia territory to score touchdowns that gave them a brief lead.

Player of the half: Todd Gurley. Although he made a crucial mistake on a kickoff return that forced the Bulldogs to start a drive at their own 1, Gurley had an outstanding half otherwise. He went to halftime with 11 carries for 90 yards and scored touchdowns of 2, 1 and 51 yards.

What’s working for Georgia: Georgia outgained Tennessee 234 yards to 68 in the first quarter as the Bulldogs’ red-hot offense staked them to another big early lead. A week after jumping out to an early 27-0 lead against Vanderbilt, Georgia led Tennessee 27-10 within the first few minutes of the second quarter after Gurley’s 51-yard touchdown run.

What’s not working for Georgia: The Bulldogs’ offense has practically given away 20 points. Quarterback Aaron Murray had a first-quarter pass deflected by Corey Miller and intercepted by Byron Moore, who then returned it 35 yards for a touchdown. And late in the second quarter, Murray lost a fumble at Georgia’s 8 after being sacked, setting up a Tyler Bray touchdown pass to Zach Rogers that made it 27-23. Finally Keith Marshall lost a fumble at the Georgia 18, setting up a Bray touchdown pass to Rajion Neal that gave the Vols a shocking 30-27 lead.

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