KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- David Greene was 22-of-27 for 228 yards and one touchdown as No. 8 Georgia moved closer to defending its Southeastern Conference championship with a 41-14 victory over No. 13 Tennessee on Saturday night.
The Bulldogs (5-1, 3-1) moved atop the SEC East division standings by winning their fourth straight game over the Volunteers (4-2, 2-2), who suffered their worst loss home loss since Florida's 31-0 win in 1994.
Greene improved to 3-0 against Tennessee as Georgia led from the beginning and scored 21 points off three turnovers.
Emotions were high for both teams evident by many strong hits, an ejection and a scuffle between players after Georgia intercepted a pass in the third quarter.
Trailing 13-7, the Volunteers' chances for a rally started to vanish after Tennessee's Casey Clausen fumbled near the goal line. Georgia's Sean Jones picked it up and ran 92 yards for a touchdown as time ran out in the first half.
Odell Thurman intercepted Clausen's pass midway through the third quarter and returned it 26 yards to the Tennessee 5. Tyson Browning ran 8 yards for a touchdown three plays later.
After David Pollack sacked Clausen on the Vols' ensuing possession, Georgia's Kedric Golston batted Clausen's pass, which was intercepted by Robert Geathers. The teams were called for offsetting penalties for some pushing and shoving.
Georgia's Derrick White was ejected from the game, and Kregg Lumpkin ran 22 yards on the next play for a touchdown to put the Bulldogs ahead
The Bulldogs' defense was caught being too aggressive at times but prevented Tennessee from taking the lead before halftime.
Trailing 13-7, the Vols sustained a long drive to the Georgia 1 after the Bulldogs were penalized for a late hit on Tennessee quarterback Casey Clausen and then for roughing the passer.
The Vols moved 13 yards on the next three plays for first-and-goal at the Georgia 3. On Tennessee's third attempt to score, Clausen fumbled as the fullback knocked it from his hands. Sean Jones picked it up in a scramble for the ball and returned it untouched for a touchdown as time ran out in the first half.
By earning the head-to-head advantage over the Vols, Georgia could lose another SEC game and still lock up a berth to the SEC championship game.
This rivalry has gotten more intense since Georgia ended Tennessee's nine-game winning streak in 2000.
Clausen, who didn't play in last year's game at Athens because of a shoulder injury, made himself a target this year. He told reporters a few days after the 2001 game the outcome would have been different even if he had played on one arm.
Both arms weren't enough this year. He finished 11-of-21 for 165 yards.
Georgia didn't even need a thrilling comeback like the 2001 game here.
Two years ago, the Vols had taken the lead with 44 seconds to go, but Georgia came back to score on Verron Haynes 6-yard touchdown catch with 5 seconds remaining.
Tennessee had a spark in the second quarter when Clausen's pass around midfield appeared to be intercepted by Georgia's Decory Bryant. The Tennessee player he was defending, Mark Jones, reached over his back, grabbed the ball and ran to the end zone for a 90-yard scoring play, the longest pass play in Tennessee history.
The Vols scored their second touchdown on C.J. Leak's 15-yard throw to Bret Smith with less than a minute left. By then, nearly all of the Tennessee faithful among the 107,517 fans had already left.
Georgia's Billy Bennett made field goals of 32 and 44 yards.
Michael Johnson caught Greene's only touchdown pass, an 11-yard floater, at the beginning of the second quarter.
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