A roundup of the AJC’s coverage of Georgia’s 41-14 victory over Tennessee:
My game story, which notes that Georgia took out a month’s worth of frustration and failure on Tennessee:
. . . This was not the Georgia of the past month. The team that had fumbled away its chances in three games committed no turnovers in this one. The team that had allowed the opponent to score a touchdown on its opening possession in four consecutive games held Tennessee scoreless through the first quarter, which was long enough to build a 17-0 lead.
And the quarterback who had played pretty well throughout the losing streak played his best game yet.
Mark Bradley’s column, which captured the postgame mood:
ATHENS — The best 1-4 team in the land was so excited to be 1-4 no more that it did a victory dance in the locker room. Chief among the celebrants was the head Bulldog.
“Coach [Mark] Richt was the main one,” said Demarcus Dobbs, the defensive end. “He loves to get crazy after games.”
The past four Saturdays had yielded only a crazy sorrow. Indeed, as tailback Caleb King noted, the Bulldogs reacted with such fervor to Saturday’s thrashing of woebegone Tennessee team because their dancing had been so long deferred.
Andy Johnston’s sidebar on Derek Dooley’s rude welcome back to Athens:
ATHENS — Being on the bad end of a Georgia blowout is nothing new for Derek Dooley.
He was on Nick Saban’s staff at LSU in 2004 when the Bulldogs handed the defending BCS national champs a 45-16 defeat in Sanford Stadium.
“It was like déjà vu,” Dooley said.
Andy Johnston’s sidebar on Aaron Murray’s superb game:
Six games into his first season as a starter, and Murray continues to surprise and impress with his legs, arm and mind. Playing what Georgia coach Mark Richt called his “best game,” Murray accounted for four of Georgia’s five touchdowns.
My notebook, including items on the offensive line shakeup, injuries, Richt leading the team onto the field and this quote:
“This is probably the most talented one-and-four defense I have ever seen,” said Tennessee quarterback Matt Simms, referring to Georgia’s record entering the game.
Brant Sanderlin’s photo gallery from the game, including this shot of Richt celebrating afterward: