KNOXVILLE, Tenn. ---Jonathan Crompton didn't play Saturday's game against Georgia close to the vest. He played it close to his heart.
Crompton had a career day as Tennessee routed Georgia 45-19 at Neyland Stadium.
It was the first Southeastern Conference win for Tennessee this season, and after the game, Crompton climbed into the stands to hug his family.
"It felt good because my mom's from Georgia," Crompton said. "She grew up a Georgia fan and all that. It felt good for her. It was kind of a personal game. Some people say that you play hardest for those you love. I played more for them and my teammates than for myself."
Crompton, a senior from Waynesville, N.C., completed 20 of 27 passes for 310 yards and four touchdowns. The Volunteers' 45 points were the most by Tennessee since hanging 52 on the Bulldogs in 2006.
The only blemish on Crompton's performance was a 28-yard interception return for a touchdown by Bacarri Rambo .
BOYKIN CLOSING IN: Georgia's Brandon Boykin became the first player in SEC history to return two kickoffs for 100-yard touchdowns in a season. His third-quarter touchdown return puts him one behind Tennessee's Willie Gault 's single-season record of three kickoff returns for TDs in a season.
Boykin caught the ball 2 yards deep in the end zone, but he NCAA limits play lengths to 100 yards, no matter how deep in the end zone a player fields the ball.
Once Boykin broke through the initial wave, he veered down the left sideline and outran the defense to the end zone.
"I'm blessed to do that two times like that," Boykin said. "That doesn't happen very often in a career. That was a bright spot. That was a good job of blocking early but we lost the game."
Block party: Zach Renner provided Georgia with a little momentum going into halftime when he broke through the middle of Tennessee's protection to block a punt out of the back of the end zone. Renner also blocked punts against Alabama and Arizona State last season.
"I honestly didn't think I was going to make it through," Renner said. "It was a really small hole. I just kept on my feet like coach Fab (Jon Fabris ) teaches us to do. I was able to get over that last man and get my hand on the ball."
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