KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — After a 66-yard touchdown reception by Tennessee tailback Marlin Lane was wiped off the board, Georgia fans are probably happy for second opinions.
Facing a 13-6 deficit early in the third quarter, Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray hit Lane with a completion on third down.
Lane was initially short of the first-down marker, but appeared to spin out of the tackle by Georgia linebacker Mike Gilliard. He raced the rest of the way for an apparent touchdown.
While the Tennessee faithful were celebrating the game-tying score, replays showed Lane’s knee was down and an official review overturned the call.
The reversal brought an end to Tennessee’s momentum. Instead of tying the game, the Volunteers were forced to punt.
They didn’t score again until late in the fourth quarter, losing 20-12.
MITCHELL HITS IT BIG: Georgia freshman receiver Malcolm Mitchell caught only three passes against Tennessee.
But he cashed in on the trio of opportunities, totaling 126 yards.
The nature of Mitchell’s enigmatic performance increased after he left the game with a hamstring injury in the third quarter. There was no word on his status for the upcoming week following the game.
The effort marked the first time Mitchell reached 100 yards in a game in his career. He now leads the team with 25 catches, 318 yards and three touchdowns on the season.
FIGURING THINGS OUT: Through six misses this season, senior kicker Blair Walsh’s resolve never wavered.
After facing questions about his accuracy earlier this week, Walsh responded with a 2 for 2 effort against Tennessee, with a long of 35.
Watching tape of his missed kicks in the previous two games – three against Ole Miss and one vs. Mississippi State – spurred adjustments to his form, Walsh said.
“I looked back at my film and there was a couple of steps that I had to correct in my overall approach to the ball,” he said. “I think I corrected it this week finally, and hopefully it will show the results.”
Walsh now has 63 career field goals, which is the most of any active kicker in the SEC and ranks eighth overall in league history.
REPLACEMENT: Redshirt sophomore Chase Vasser started in place of suspended linebacker Cornelius Washington, a former Burke County standout.