Tennessee had a lot of near misses in the 2012 football season, but one of the most gut-wrenching was the Vols taking No. 5 Georgia to the wire at Sanford Stadium before falling short.
In what would become a common theme throughout that forgettable campaign, UT's defense simply couldn't stop anybody, and the Bulldogs outgunned the Vols in a 51-44 shootout.
The conference's top two offenses at the time didn't disappoint, amassing more than 1,000 total yards of offense, according to ESPN's Chris Low. Former UT quarterback Tyler Bray had two crucial turnovers in the game's final minute and 22 seconds to give Georgia its third consecutive win in the series.
Despite UGA freshman running back Todd Gurley's sterling rookie season, the other runner was the one UT couldn't stop. Keith Marshall sped past UT defenders like they were standing still, gaining 164 yards on just 10 carries. Gurley didn't struggle, finishing with 130 yards on 24 carries.
This season, a gimpy Gurley may be spectating from the sideline, but UGA still has plenty of weapons—starting with senior quarterback Aaron Murray. UT's offense is nowhere near as dynamic as it was a season ago, so a monumental task awaits the Vols at home.
Here's everything you need to know about the showdown.
Date: Saturday, Oct. 5
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Place: Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, Tenn.
Radio: Vol Network, Bulldog Radio Network, Sirius Premier/XM Channel 91
Spread: Georgia by 11.5, according to Sportsbook.com
*All quotes were transcribed from videos posted on UTSports.com, and official stats were taken from there as well, unless otherwise noted.