Vols QB Maurer gets 1st career start against No. 3 Georgia

Halftime Brian Maurer gives UT lift poor defense continues against Georgia

Halftime Brian Maurer gives UT lift poor defense continues against Georgia

On Maurer's final play of the night, Eric Stokes sacked him and knocked the ball loose, enabling Tae Crowder to score the game's last touchdown on a 60-yard fumble return with 4:38 left.

Georgia: The Bulldogs had to come from behind for a second straight game after erasing a halftime deficit in a 23-17 victory over Notre Dame two weeks ago.

Fromm went 24 of 29 for 288 yards.

Georgia's Rodrigo Blankenship made field goals from 50, 34 and 27 yards to improve to 11 of 11 this season. Brian Herrien and D'Andre Swift combined to run for 160 yards and each had a 1-yard touchdown run.

The collapse actually began in the second quarter against the Bulldogs (5-0, 2-0 SEC) as the Vols surrendered 16 points to end the first half without an answer from UT. Georgia moved back in front with two touchdowns in the final 1:59 of the half. Tennessee's lone win this season was a 45-0 blowout of Football Championship Subdivision program Chattanooga.

Tennessee plans to start true freshman Brian Maurer at quarterback on Saturday against No. 3 Georgia, sources told ESPN. After Tennessee drove into field-goal range, Brent Cimaglia's 47-yard kick sailed wide left with 59 seconds remaining, his first miss of the season after nine straight successful attempts.

Maurer has gone 4 of 13 for 44 yards with one interception and no touchdown passes, though he led Tennessee on its only scoring drive in the Florida game.

Jennings had seven catches for 114 yards, and Callaway caught three passes for 105 yards.

Maurer gave Tennessee a 14-10 lead on the opening play of the second quarter with a 12-yard strike across the middle to Jauan Jennings.

Georgia: The Bulldogs made some uncharacteristic mistakes early but eventually wore Tennessee down by controlling possession for 36-plus minutes. Georgia still hasn't allowed a touchdown run all season.

Tennessee's offense was anemic in the third quarter as the Vols mustered just 15 yards on 11 plays in the frame.

Georgia probably played well enough in the second half to stay in the No. 3 spot. But the offense slowed down quite a bit in the second half and the defense couldn't put any pressure on Fromm.

Tennessee will be back in action next Saturday at Neyland Stadium, as Mississippi State comes to town for a noon contest on the SEC Network.

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