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Sep 27, 2014; Athens, GA, USA; Tennessee Volunteers running back Jalen Hurd (1) runs against the Georgia Bulldogs during the second half at Sanford Stadium. Georgia defeated Tennessee 35-32. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

11. Tennessee Volunteers (2-2, 0-1 SEC)


Last Week: Lost 35-32 to Georgia

There is no such thing as a moral victory. There are only close losses. That is exactly what the Tennessee Volunteers suffered on the road against the Georgia Bulldogs.

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Tennessee got a great performance from senior quarterback Justin Worley, who completed 23 of 35 passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns without an interception, but it wasn’t enough to earn the upset victory. The Vols were very balanced on offense, and Jalen Hurd added 119 rushing yards and a touchdown on 24 carries. In all, Tennessee had 401 yards of total offense. But, of course, offense wasn’t the problem.

Georgia, and Todd Gurley specifically, had no trouble running the football against the Vols. Despite holding the Bulldogs to 1-for-10 on third down conversion attempts, the Vols allowed 25 first downs, many of which came via 289 rushing yards. Gurley himself ran for 208 yards and two scores.

Luckily for the Vols, they won’t have to play Todd Gurley next week, and no one on the Florida roster is nearly as talented as the Heisman Trophy candidate. Unfortunately, the Gators were able to rest during a bye week and prepare for the trip to Knoxville for seven extra days.

Next Week: vs. Florida