Georgia Football Sinks Vanderbilt 41-13

Georgia Football Sinks Vanderbilt 41-13

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Georgia Football Sinks Vanderbilt 41-13


The No. 2-ranked Georgia Bulldogs dominated Vanderbilt on a steamy Saturday night in Sanford Stadium, 41-13. 

Georgia (6-0, 4-0) scored more than 40 points for the fifth time in six games and won its sixth consecutive game by double digits. The Bulldogs’ starting defense gave up some big plays to Vandy early on but settled down and only allowed the Commodores two field goals. Playing the entire fourth quarter with backups, the Bulldogs allowed Vandy to score a last-second touchdown.

The Dawgs avenged Vanderbilt’s 17-16 win in Athens in 2016.  The Bulldogs are now 21-4 in Homecoming contests against the ‘Dores.

The game was a bit sloppy at times and moved at a glacial pace as the Dawgs committed 13 penalties (including three unsportsmanlike conduct fouls) for 115 yards. Vandy had nine penalties and throw in several official reviews for targeting and plays, the game never had a rhythm. 

Sophomore quarterback Jake Fromm led the Bulldogs attack that racked up a season-high 560 yards. Fromm completed 17-23 passes for 276 yards and 3 touchdowns as Georgia rolled to a season-best 560 yards offense. D’Andre Swift rushes for 50 yards and had four receptions for 49 yards and a touchdown. Elijah Holyfield led the Dawgs in rushing with 64 yards on six carries with one touchdown. 

Vanderbilt (3-3, 0-2) opened the scoring 4:30 into the game with a field goal. It was the first time the Dawgs found themselves behind this season. 

The Bulldogs answered 15 seconds later when Fromm lifted a beautiful long pass to senior Terry Godwin for a 75-yard touchdown.

Vanderbilt came back down the field and after a long drive, went for a fourth-and-one at the Georgia 14. Freshman nose tackle Jordan Davis made his second consecutive tackle and stopped the Vandy ball carrier short of chains. 

At that point, the momentum shifted in Georgia’s favor and Fromm led offense responded with one of its best drives of the year. Fromm led the Dawgs on an 86 yard drive, culminated by a spectacular 24-yard touchdown run by Holyfield. His twisting dive to the pylon pushed the Georgia lead to 14-3 midway the second quarter.

Vandy connected on another field goal with 2:18 remaining in the half. Georgia came roaring back down the field behind Fromm’s five completions. The six-play, 75-yard drive ended on a Fromm to Riley Ridley, 10-yard touchdown pass. Georgia went into the locker room with a 21-6 lead. 

Georgia continued the offensive fireworks with an eight-play drive that finished with a Fromm to Swift swing pass for 35 yards and a touchdown. That put the Dawgs up 28-6 and that shut the hatch on the ‘Dores.

Georgia’s next drive began at its own six-yard line, where Justin Fields led a 14-play, 58-yard drive that resulted in Rodrigo Blankenship booming 53-yard field goal. 

On Georgia’s next possession, a 24-yard run by Swift, a 20-yard sideline catch by Godwin from Fields and an 11-yard touchdown run by Brian Herrien was all it took to give the Dawgs a 38-6 advantage.

Blankenship added a 28-yard field goal for a 41-6 lead before Vandy scored a feel-good touchdown with two seconds remaining. 

Safety Richard LeCounte III led the Georgia defense with six solo tackles, a pass break up and a forced fumble. Cornerback Deandre Baker held Vandy receiver Kalijah Lipscomb, who entered the game leading the SEC with 43 receptions, was held to two catches for 16 yards. 

Georgia faces LSU in Baton Rouge at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS next Saturday.

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