KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Georgia senior running back James Cook tied a career high with 104 yards rushing and three touchdowns to lead the Bulldogs to a 41-17 win against Tennessee in front of 100,074 fans and a CBS national television audience Saturday afternoon at Neyland Stadium.
The top-ranked Bulldogs improve to 10-0 overall for the first time since 1982 and 8-0 against Southeastern Conference opponents for the first time in program history.
“I can’t say enough about the leaders on the team,” Smart said after Georgia capped a perfect SEC season with a 41-17 win over the Vols on Saturday night.
“After that game against Missouri, we won 43-6, to have three guys stand up in that locker room and say it wasn’t acceptable the way we approached the game or handled the game,” Smart said, “I knew right then we would be ok this week.”
There’s no such thing as a bad road win in the SEC, and Neyland Stadium is known for being a tough place to play. That said, the Georgia fans traveled big time, likely making the environment a little less hostile for the players.
Georgia’s perfect SEC season is of historical significance, and the Bulldogs did it in a decisive fashion.