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Vols' defense producing big plays for both sides

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Sep 15, 2012; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers linebacker A.J. Johnson (45) tackles Florida Gators tight end Omarius Hines (20) during the second half at Neyland Stadium. Florida won by a score of 37 to 20. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-US PRESSWIRE

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee's defense has a knack for creating big plays, both for itself and the opposition.

One week after allowing four gains of over 30 yards in the final 18 1/2 minutes of a 37-20 loss to Florida, Tennessee gave up a 70-yard touchdown run to Quentin Hines that briefly caused the Volunteers to fall behind Akron. Yet the Vols' new-look secondary also picked off three Akron passes last week as Tennessee rallied for a 47-26 victory.

Tennessee's susceptibility to the big play could prove fatal Saturday against No. 5 Georgia, which has scored 40-plus points in four straight games for the first time in school history. On the other hand, the Vols' chances of pulling an upset could depend on whether they can continue their recent penchant for producing turnovers.

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