KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Marshall Morgans mind harkened back to last year. He remembered. It was a different coach and a different situation, but Morgan remembered.
It was overtime on Saturday, and Morgan had a chance to win the game for Georgia. Just before he could attempt a 42-yard field goal, Tennessee called timeout to try to ice him.
They did the exact thing (last year), and I hit the 53 (yarder), Morgan said. So I was thinking back to last year, hopefully the guy lets me do it again.
And he did. It was Georgias first game-winning field goal at the end of the game since 2009, when Blair Walsh hit one to beat Arizona State.
These are the days that you dream about when youre kicking, Morgan said. Ive only had one time in my life, back in high school when I made a game-winner, and it was a short one. So out here in college, my second year ... I felt great.
It has been quite a season thus far for Morgan, who was suspended the first two games because of a summer arrest for boating under the influence.
Not only did Morgan hit the game-winner Saturday night, he hit a 56-yarder in the first quarter, the longest field goal in Neyland Stadium history, and the longest ever against Tennessee (Walsh and Kevin Butler have hit longer ones for Georgia).
As a freshman, Morgan only made 8 of his 14 field goal attempts, and missed three extra points. This year he is already 6-for-8, and 2-for-3 from beyond 50 yards. He did miss his shortest attempt Saturday, from 39, but made the longest, from 56.
I just felt so good after last game (when he hit a 55-yarder), Morgan said of his 56-yarder. I felt the operation working smooth after last week, me, Nathan (Theus), Adam (Erickson) and the whole line. I didnt even think anything of it. When it happened I tried not to think anything of it, it was so early in the game. But I kind of was pretty excited.
Rantavious Wooten did more than come up big Saturday. He showed that his quarterback still has options going forward.
Wooten, a senior receiver, had a career-high six catches, none bigger than the 2-yard touchdown catch with four seconds left in regulation. Wootens catch just into the end zone sent the game into overtime.
What a catch by the kid, Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said. Im just proud of that kid. Fifth-year senior, hes been through a lot since hes been here, but his opportunitys here now, and hes gonna have to step up the rest of the year.
Wooten was one of the few receivers left standing, after Michael Bennett and Justin Scott-Wesley went down with knee injuries. Malcolm Mitchell is already out, a casualty of the season opener.
So Wooten figures to play a key role in the offense going forward.
I knew the magnitude of the game. Thats why I want the ball to come to me, Wooten said. Thats why you come to Georgia, to make plays like that, and when the opportunity came and presented myself I just wanted to take advantage of that opportunity. And thats what I did.
Last week the problem for Georigas defense was third down. This time it was fourth down, as Tennessee converted on all three of its attempts, including twice on a drive to take a 31-24 lead.
Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has a theory on why this wont be the last game that the other team takes that chance.
Because our offense is so explosive -- I mean South Carolina went for it on fourth-and-2 -- were gonna see a lot of fourth downs, because people feel like theyve gotta keep the ball, Grantham said. Which is in turn gonna make you play more plays than normal defensively, because teams arent going to play conservative and punt. So hey thats part of it. And fourth downs a chance to get a turnover.
Murray record watch
Murray is the new SEC record holder in passing yardage, passing David Greene during the first quarter. Murray now has 11,625. Murray is also now five touchdowns away from Danny Wuerfful on the SECs career touchdown pass mark.
Extra points Ray Drew now has three sacks over the past two weeks, after recording two on Saturday. The junior defensive end came into the season with just a half-sack. Freshmen Quincy Mauger (at safety) and Shaq Wiggins (at cornerback) got their first two career starts. That brings to five the number of true freshmen who have started a game on defense this season. Georgia is now 5-4 in overtime games, including 3-2 in the SEC.