KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Georgia came from behind for a second straight game and continued its recent domination of division rivals.

Jake Fromm threw two touchdown passes, Georgias defense delivered a dominant secondhalf performance and the No. 3 Bulldogs recovered from a slow start to beat Tennessee 4314 on Saturday night.

Georgia (50, 20 Southeastern Conference) has won 15 straight matchups with SEC Eastern Division opponents since falling 2410 to Florida on Oct. 29, 2016.

Georgia trailed for most of the second quarter before scoring two touchdowns in the final two minutes of the first half to take command. That came two weeks after the Bulldogs rallied from a 107 halftime deficit to beat Notre Dame 2317.

When we see adversity, we want to run straight at adversity, Fromm said. Thats what were doing right now. Were taking it in. Were going out, were going to go change something in the game and make it in our favor.

Fromm went 24 of 29 for 288 yards and threw two touchdown passes in the final two minutes of the first half to turn a 1413 deficit into a 2614 halftime lead. Georgia ended up scoring the games final 33 points.

Georgia took the lead for good 2014 on Fromms 3yard touchdown pass to Lawrence Cager with 1:59 left in the half. After Tennessees Brent Cimaglia missed a 47yard fieldgoal attempt wide left with 59 seconds remaining, Georgia drove again and scored on Fromms 7yard pass to George Pickens with nine seconds left.

We pushed them a little bit there in the first half,Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt said, (and) they did what good teams do.

Georgias Rodrigo Blankenship made field goals from 50, 34 and 27 yards to improve to 11 of 11 this season. Brian Herrien and DAndre Swift combined to run for 160 yards and each had a 1yard touchdown run as Georgia outrushed Tennessee 23870.

Weve got a big physical football team, Georgia coach Kirby Smart said. Weve got to keep getting better and get rid of some of the errors.

Tennessee (14, 02) has lost its last six matchups with Football Bowl Subdivision teams and is off to its slowest start since 1988, when it dropped its first six games. Tennessees lone win this season was a 450 blowout of Football Championship Subdivision program Chattanooga.

But the Volunteers made this one interesting for a while.

Tennessee freshman quarterback Brian Maurer made his first career start and sparked an offense that had stumbled and staggered through the first month of the season. Pruitt wouldnt say whether Maurer would start again next week or if the Vols might go back to Jarrett Guarantano, who started the first four games.

Ill have to watch film, Pruitt said. I dont know. I think Brian competed really hard. I thought Jarrett did a good job when he was in there. It was good for both of them.

Maurer electrified the crowd on Tennessees second series as he executed a playaction pass to a wideopen Marquez Callaway, who made the catch around the Georgia 30 and raced to the end zone for a 73yard touchdown. Maurers 12yard touchdown pass to Jauan Jennings on the first play of the second quarter put Tennessee ahead 1410.

Jennings had seven catches for 114 yards, and Callaway caught three passes for 105 yards. Maurer was 14 of 28 for 259 yards with an interception to go along with his two touchdowns.

Maurer got less effective as the night wore on. On Maurers final play of the night, Eric Stokes sacked him and knocked the ball loose, enabling Tae Crowder to score the games last touchdown on a 60yard fumble return with 4:38 left.


Georgia: The Bulldogs made some uncharacteristic mistakes early but eventually wore Tennessee down by controlling possession for 36plus minutes. It helps to have a quarterback the caliber of Fromm, who hasnt thrown an interception all season. Georgia still hasnt allowed a touchdown run all season.

Tennessee: The quarterback change gave Tennessee an energy boost to start the game and enabled the Vols to outplay Georgia for the first 25 minutes or so. But the offense slowed down quite a bit in the second half and the defense couldnt put any pressure on Fromm.


Georgia probably played well enough in the second half to stay in the No. 3 spot.


Late in the second quarter, Maurer was 10 of 17 for 205 yards with two touchdowns. He was 4 of 11 for 54 yards with one interception and a fumble the rest of the way.


Georgia hosts South Carolina on Saturday.

Tennessee hosts Mississippi State on Saturday.

Georgia running back D’Andre Swift (7) dives across the goal like for a touchdown as he is defended by Tennessee linebacker Damiel Bituli (35) and defensive bacl Sawn Shamburger (12) in the first half of an NCAA College Football game, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019 in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

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