No. 5 Georgia, Vols match high-scoring attacks

ATHENS, Ga. — Derek Dooley has good credentials when it comes to Georgia football history.

As the son of former longtime Georgia coach and athletic director Vince Dooley, Derek Dooley was 12 when the Bulldogs won the 1980 national championship. He kept his allegiance to his father’s team until launching his playing career at Virginia.

So when Derek Dooley, now in his third year as Tennessee’s coach, seeks to place perspective on the No. 5 Georgia team which plays the Vols on Saturday, it qualifies as an expert opinion.

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‘‘They are probably playing as good as I’ve seen them in a long time,’’ Dooley said.

The Bulldogs (4-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) have scored more than 40 points in each of their first four games.

This matchup features the highest-scoring teams in the SEC. Georgia is averaging 47.5 points per game and Tennessee is at 38.2.

Tennessee (3-1, 0-1) is equipped to keep pace because of Tyler Bray, who is tied for the NCAA lead with 12 touchdown passes. The Vols also boast top talent at wide receiver with Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson.

Georgia’s Aaron Murray isn’t far behind Bray’s pace. Murray, a junior and three-year starter, has passed for 10 touchdowns with only two interceptions.

Malcolm Mitchell, Georgia’s second-leading receiver as a freshman in 2011, has started at cornerback this season, but appears headed for significant playing time on offense.

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In Provo, Utah, freshman quarterback Taysom Hill ran for 143 yards and a touchdown and passed for two more scores in his first start and Brigham Young cruised to a 47-0 victory over Hawaii, spoiling former Cougars assistant coach Norm Chow’s return.

Two Hawaii (1-3) players were carted off the field after being placed on backboards, but initial X-rays for Geardon Hanohano and Siasau Matagiese came back negative.

Starting BYU (3-2) running back Michael Alisa broke his right forearm.