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Another costly penalty for Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- If Georgia goes on to win this game, it’s one Tennessee linebacker Daryl Vereen won’t remember fondly.

He’s been flagged for two pass interference penalties that have led to Georgia points.

The first one -- which was pretty questionable -- came in the first half, keeping alive the Bulldogs’ second field-goal drive.

But this latest one was even most costly. He was called for interfering with Orson Charles in the end zone on third down, and the Bulldogs got the ball at the 2 with Isaiah Crowell scoring a few plays later on a 1-yard touchdown run to give Georgia a 13-6 lead midway through the third quarter.

Charles was a non-factor in the first half and really wasn’t on the field very much, but had a couple of key plays in the Bulldogs’ touchdown drive.

It looks like the Vols will have to go the rest of the way without senior running back Tauren Poole, who has a leg injury and isn’t expected to return.

Of course, the only success Tennessee has had against Georgia’s defense is through the air.

But to this point, the Vols have refused to abandon the run, even though Georgia’s defensive front is getting a monster push up the middle.