Jauan Jennings Hail Mary, revisited: Tennessee football WR once beat Georgia on final play

Of the two former Tennessee football players taking part in Sunday’s Super Bowl between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs, one of them owns arguably the most exciting play in Vols history.

And to think, receiver Jauan Jennings didn’t even commit to Tennessee at the position. Jennings played for the Vols across five seasons, from 2015 through 2019, under coaches Butch Jones, interim Brady Hoke and Jeremy Pruitt. The Murfreesboro native ultimately finished his career with 146 catches for 2,153 yards and 18 receiving touchdowns.

Of those, arguably none was bigger than the one he pulled down against hated rival Georgia: One that snatched victory away, at the last second, from the Bulldogs’ jowls. The 49ers likely hope they won’t need a similar play from Jennings against the Chiefs, but — on the off chance they do — the third-year NFL receiver has shown a propensity for pulling in game-winning touchdowns.

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With that, here’s a look back at the time Jennings’ 2016 Hail M ary reception helped Tennessee beat Georgia, in Athens, for the first time in a decade:

Tennessee vs. Georgia 2016 game, revisited

The 2016 meeting between Tennessee and Georgia was one of the biggest of the rivalry in several years, due in part because it was the first time the Vols had entered the game with an undefeated record since the 2001 meeting (a 26-24 Bulldogs victory).

While the Vols rode a one-game win streak vs. the Bulldogs into the game (having beaten Georgia in Knoxville 38-31 the year prior), Tennessee had noticeably languished vs. Georgia in Athens. Indeed, they hadn’t won a road game in the rivalry since 2006.

That was the backdrop of the 11th-ranked Vols’ (5-0, 1-0 in SEC play) visit to take on No. 25 Georgia (3-1, 1-1)…


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Author : Knox News | The Knoxville News-Sentinel

Publish date : 2024-02-11 11:09:51

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