ATLANTA – When you are in the middle of a rebuilding year under a new coach, you usually are stuck trying to take joy in the small things. Yesterday was a shock, though. Stomping Georgia 45 – 19 behind a white hot Jonathan Crompton was no small thing. Granted- the victory is probably meaningingless in an otherwise unimpressive season. But you got to love sticking it to Georgia.
Mr. Crompton has been a study in mediocrity this year, having thrown the second-most interceptions in Division I-A football and having wallowed at the lower end of the pack with a QB Rating of 129.1. But yesterday, he put all of that aside in front of a big crowd and in the midst of very important game. He lobbed the ball for a career-high 310 yards and four touchdowns (with only 1 interception). Not bad for the senior.
In fact, the Volunteers man-handled the Dogs every moment of the game. Georgia’s offense never reached the red zone, and the Tennessee defense held it to 241 total yards compared with 472 for the Volunteers.
A crushing victory. Well played, Volunteers!
The only real disappointment here is that this was the first time in 38 meetings that neither of these two teams were ranked.
Whatever. Tennessee looks increasingly like it may have a future under Lane Kiffin.
As for the Dogs? Who knows? …and who cares?
May they wallow in the desert for many years to come.