Coming in to Saturday's game against Georgia, the Vols had two winnable games on the October schedule. After being outplayed by the 'Dawgs in the second half, that number is whittled down to one, and depending on how badly Tyler Bray is hurt, that number could very well be zero before South Carolina comes to town at the end of the month.
Here's how it all went down against the Bulldogs.
Not much. Tyler Bray was all over the place. Passes routinely sailed on him and it appeared that UGA had the deep routes covered all evening. Underneath passes to tight end Mychal Rivera worked for most of the first half.
What Didn't Work
The running game was putrid, yet again. At this point, there's not much reason to think it will get any better. Tauren Poole went down with an injury in the first half. True freshman backup Marlin Lane showed how much more dynamic and talented he is than the senior on a handful of plays.
Who Stood Out
Marlin Lane looked like the dynamic answer the Vols need out of the backfield on a handful of plays. He only rushed for eight yards on seven carries, but in his six receptions for 84 yards, Lane was downright nasty with his jukes and cuts.
Play of the Game
Aaron Murray's 71-yard pass to Malcolm Mitchell on first and ten from his own seven yard line. It was the first of a three play 93-yard drive that ended in a touchdown which put the 'Dawgs up for good.
It was over when...
Isaiah Crowell scampered in from 17 yards to put the 'Dawgs up by two touchdowns. One touchdown was probably insurmountable for this Vols offense against Georgia. Two should have been considered a blowout.
Player of the Game
For all the talk of Tyler Bray's brilliance coming in, Aaron Murray stole the show Saturday night. He was 15-for-25 for 227 yards on the night and had a handful of drops by his receivers.
Big, bad No. 1 LSU comes to Knoxville next weekend. Depending on the severity of Tyler Bray's late thumb injury he could be out for quite some time. The Vols are improving, but this is still a very young team.
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