Tennessee Vols want to show close call against Georgia 'wasn't just a fluke'

photo Georgia's Damian Swann (5) latches onto University of Tennessee wide receiver Marquez North (8) in this file photo.

KNOXVILLE - Tennessee began pointing to the positives moments after its overtime loss to Georgia.

A program with a long uphill climb ahead of it, the Volunteers rightly acknowledged some of the strides it took in nearly upsetting the Bulldogs in an electric Neyland Stadium.

Yet some assistant coaches, during Tennessee's open date last week, noted the outcome, too. The Vols lost the game. The program's losing streak against ranked opponents, now at 19 games, continued.

Butch Jones still is looking for a signature win in his first season as coach.

"I think the loss can actually help us a little bit," safety Brian Randolph said last week.