Vols’ Stunning Loss to Georgia State

Vols Stunning Loss to Georgia State

In an unfortunate turn of events, the Georgia St. game did not result in a win for the Volunteers.

 

 

Despite starting their program as recent as 10 years ago, and being 24.5 point underdogs, the Panthers pulled out a stunning victory over the favored Volunteers. 

 

Tennessee’s defense allowed 14 points in the first 2 quarters while only bringing in 17 themselves. 

 

After a rocky start, it was necessary for the Tennessee offense to respond early on. The offensive line started with Wanya Morris, Ryan Johnson, Brandon Kennedy, Riley Locklear and Marcus Tatum

 

Tennessee utilized Eric Gray and Ty Chandler to get down the field, along with some help from Marquez Callaway and Jarrett Guarantano. They were, unfortunately, not able to withstand the shocking momentum from the Panthers that began early into the second half.

 

Georgia State essentially walked right down the field and scored yet again, taking the lead back from the Volunteers. It was a nine play drive that went 75 yards for the score.

 

 

Tennessee’s defense could not build of off their big stop on the previous drive allowing Georgia State to burn the clock. Tennessee seemed unable to stop the Panthers from moving the chains.

 

Georgia State came back with the makings of another long drive. Back-to-back third down conversions had the Panthers across midfield and driving once again. Just when things started looking really concerning. Tennessee came up with a sack fumble. LaTrell Bumphus recovered, giving the Vols new life. But this new hope quickly stalled as the Vols failed to make meaningful decisions. Georgia St. eventually scored yet again sealing Tennessee’s fate and leading to the final score to 38-30.

 

As Jeremy Pruitt stated after the game, “Improvement starts with me.”

 

The coaching staff has faced much criticism in the last few days, while fans look hopeful for the future. The Vols hold their heads high in preparation for their game against BYU this upcoming week.