The Georgia Bulldog offensive line began today’s game at Vanderbilt by seizing control of the line of scrimmage. They then decided not to let it go.
The Red and Black rolled up 423 rushing yards enroute to a 45-14 SEC East win that was never really in doubt. Georgia (6-0, 3-0 SEC) mounted a 7 play, 83 yard drive to start the game, never going to the air once. Vanderbilt, depleted by a series of physical football games, never found an answer for the road graders from Athens or the punishing backs who kept following them.
Sony Michel led all rushers with 12 carries for 150 yards, including a 50 yard touchdown blast late that stripped away the last of the Vandy defensive line’s remaining dignity.
Nick Chubb chipped in 138 yards on 16 carries and moved into second place on the Georgia career rushing touchdowns list ahead of Todd Gurley and Lars Tate with 37. and behind you know who. Chubb also eclipsed the 4,100 yard mark for his career, making him one of only two backs in Bulldog history to rush for over 4,000 yards along with, well, you know. I believe we have reached the point at which Nick Chubb may be acclaimed the second best tailback in Georgia history. That ain’t bad at all.
The Vanderbilt offense on the other hand? Generally bad. The Commodores tallied 236 yards on offense, only 64 of them on the ground. Were it not for Malkom Parrish getting beat on a route just before halftime and the line giving up a junk time sack that led to a fumble recovery deep in Bulldog territory, the ‘Dores might not have scored. As it is Georgia is surrendering 5.7 points per game in SEC play. Also, not bad.
A few odds and ends...
Ahkil Crumpton and J.J. Holloman each caught his first career pass.
Juwan Taylor got his first career start at linebacker in place of Natrez Patrick.
Ben Cleveland got his first career tackle. He was not playing defense at the time. Cleveland came in after Solomon Kindley once again limped off the field in the fourth, likely as a result of that nagging ankle injury.
Elijah Holyfield chipped in 51 yards on 7 carries, including the first touchdown of his Bulldog career.
As usual Roquan Smith led the team in tackles (7), but Deandre Baker slid into the runner up slot with 5 stops (3 solo).
Georgia created no turnovers on defense for the first time since the season opener against Appalachian State. Until later...