Georgia took care of business tonight in a workmanlike 41-13 dismantling of the Vanderbilt Commodores.
While it wasn’t always perfect, the Bulldogs did what a title contender is supposed to against the likes of the Commodores, not allowing a touchdown until :02 remained on the clock and at one point scoring on six consecutive drives.
The visitors from Nashville got on the board first with a field goal with 10:30 left in the first quarter, putting Georgia behind for the first time this season.
It lasted a whole 15 seconds. That’s how long it took for Jake Fromm to find Terry Godwin on a 75 yard touchdown strike. Godwin led all Bulldog receivers with 95 yards on 2 receptions.
Jake Fromm enjoyed a typically efficient night, finishing 17 of 23 passing for 276 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. His freshman understudy Justin Fields looked pretty sharp as well, going 3 of 6 passing for 58 yards and adding 18 yards on 4 rushing attempts. Fields played all over the field in big situations, reaffirming coaches’ growing confidence in him.
Speaking of growing confidence, many were confident going into this one that Georgia would run the ball in this one. They were not disappointed, as Red and Black rushers averaged 6.4 yards per carry and churned out 220 total yards on the ground led by Elijah Holyfield’s 64 yards on 6 carries. D’Andre Swift chipped in 99 total yards, 50 on the ground and 49 through the air, with a touchdown reception.
Defensively the Bulldogs gave up some yardage to Vandy QB Kyle Shurmur, who was poised and accurate in a losing effort (14 of 28, 169 yards). Overall the ‘Dores managed 321 yards of total offense. That paled in comparison to Georgia’s 560 yard effort, much of which came in a 17-0 third quarter in which the Athenians simply couldn’t be stopped. This one was over well before Rodrigo Blankenship set a UGA record by striking his 120th consecutive extra point without a miss to make it 38-6.
Georgia became bowl eligible with its sixth win of the season, and has yet to win by fewer than two touchdowns. The Bulldogs appear to be heading in the right direction offensively as they head to Baton Rouge next week to take on LSU, which lost for the first time this season on the road at Florida. Until later...