ATHENS, Georgia (Ticker) -- Georgia refused to let Tennessee play spoiler again.
David Greene passed for 232 yards and a touchdown and Billy Bennett kicked three field goals as the sixth-ranked Bulldogs improved to 6-0 for the first time in 20 years with an 18-13 Southeastern Conference triumph over No. 9 Tennessee.
Georgia (6-0, 3-0 SEC East) entered the Tennessee game unbeaten each year from 1997-99 only to lose twice. But the Bulldogs built an 18-point lead at Sanford Stadium and held on for their third straight win in the series.
"I think the players were fed up with being behind Tennessee," Georgia receiver Terrence Edwards said. "This coaching staff has only been here a year, but they feel like they've been here as long as we have. They're tired of being behind these teams and going to the Outback Bowl and the Music City Bowl."
The last time Georgia started a season with six wins was 1982, when it went 11-0 and headed into the Sugar Bowl with the nation's top ranking before losing to No. 2 Penn State.
"What a glorious victory this was," Georgia coach Mark Richt said. "All I can say is it's great to be 6-0. It's great to reward these fans for all the year they've been coming up short."
Greene threw an 11-yard TD toss to Reggie Brown midway through the third quarter and Bennett kicked a 47-yard field goal just over 2 1/2 minutes later to extend the Bulldogs' lead to 18-0.
Playing without injured quarterback Casey Clausen, Tennessee (4-2, 1-2) rallied in the final period but never got back the ball after Georgia's Burt Jones recovered an onside kickoff with 3:15 to play.
"We had limited play-calling today because of the inexperience at quarterback," Volunteers receiver Kelley Washington said. "We could not open up the offense and were limited to a few selected plays."
"Casey wanted to play, but he was sore," added Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer, who fell to 8-3 against Georgia. "Ethically, I could not play him."
With Clausen watching from the sidelines, James Banks was sacked four times and completed 10-of-15 passes for 168 yards and a touchdown. He got the Vols on the board three minutes into the fourth quarter with a 33-yard scoring toss to tailback Derrick Tinsley.
With 3:21 to play, Tinsley took a toss from Banks, rolled right and threw a five-yard pass to Jason Witten, who made a diving catch in the back of the end zone to get Tennessee within 18-13.
But Fulmer - with one timeout remaining - gambled with an onside kick that was recovered by Jones.
"Either way, with one timeout, we would liked to have stopped them," Fulmer said.
On 4th-and-2 at the Tennessee 32, redshirt freshman Tony Milton broke free for a 22-yard sprint that sealed the victory.
"The offense needed to get one more first down," Richt explained. "If we punted, we'd have only gained 12 yards of field position. If we made it, we knew the defense wouldn't have to get on the field again."
"It's great when you break a record, perform well, perform like people expect you to and win the game," Edwards said. "We control our destiny now."
Georgia managed just 62 yards on the ground, compared to 162 yards for Tennessee. But the Bulldogs grabbed the early lead when Brown blocked a punt by Dustin Colquitt out of the end zone for a safety.
Georgia's Boss Bailey also got his hand on a 44-yard field goal attempt by Phillip Newman in the second quarter.
"Boss Bailey is a good player and I know he had a great vertical leap, but I think we just kicked it low," Fulmer said.
Bennett kicked field goals of 27 and 44 yards in the second period to send Georgia to the locker room with an 8-0 lead.
Fulmer also gambled on Tennessee's initial possession of the second, but Banks was sacked for a 16-yard loss by defensive end Shedrick Wynn on 4th-and-2 at the Georgia 29.
The Bulldogs drove 55 yards on eight plays and scored its lone touchdown when Greene found Brown in the front left corner of the end zone.
Greene completed 22-of-37 passes with an interception.
"It is disappointing," Tennessee safety Gibril Wilson said. "I thought we had a chance to pull it out at the end. Georgia's offense could not run the ball much today. They kept dumping passes off on short passing plays. The short plays hurt us."