KNOXVILLE — Georgia inflicted a crushing blow on the Butch Jones era of Tennessee football on Saturday.
In second-year Georgia coach Kirby Smart's first trip to Neyland Stadium, the Bulldogs used a freshman quarterback, a swarming defense and a seemingly endless string of Tennessee miscues to pummel the Volunteers 41-0.
The blowout ended a streak of six straight games between the teams that had been decided by a single possession and all but ended Tennessee's hopes of winning the SEC East for the first time in a decade.
It was Tennessee's worst loss in the series since a 44-0 loss in 1981. The outcome will almost assuredly spark a firestorm of criticism for fifth-year coach Butch Jones. The Volunteers (3-2, 0-2 SEC) are off next week before hosting South Carolina.
Georgia, ranked seventh nationally, improved to 5-0.
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