Dawgs put series with Vandy back in its place

It was another big night for Georgia freshman Todd Gurley. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

It was another big night for Georgia freshman Todd Gurley. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)


Yes, this was your father’s Georgia-Vanderbilt series.

You know all that talk the past year about the newly competitive “rivalry” between the Bulldogs and the Commodores?

Never mind.

Mark Richt’s team came roaring out of the gate Saturday night at Sanford Stadium on both offense and defense (that’s right, no slow start for the Georgia D this time around) and, frankly, the game was in hand with a score of 27-3 at halftime.

The Dawgs’ terrific freshman tailback duo of Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall had another fine night, with Gurley rushing for 130 yards on 16 carries and Marshall adding 82 yards on his 10 carries.  Ken “Boo” Malcome added 41 yards on six carries. Richard Samuel finally got to play a bit of tailback, ending up with 27 yards on five carries, including one nice run.

Gurley and Marshall both ran tough, with Gurley breaking four tackles on a 29-yard touchdown run. And Marshall showed impressive speed on his 52-yard scoring burst.

As for Aaron Murray, he was on fire, completing his first dozen passes on a night when he completed 18 of 24 for 250 yards and two touchdowns, with no interceptions. And he only played three quarters, with the Dawgs taking their foot off the pedal in the fourth, with Parker Welch and then Christian LeMay coming in.

The Dawgs wound up the evening with 567 total yards on offense despite pulling back in the fourth. Georgia again had a receiver top 100 yards, with Marlon Brown catching five passes for 114 yards and a touchdown.

With Jarvis Jones back and having seven tackles, including a sack and three tackles for loss, Todd Grantham’s defense looked sharp most of the night.

Minor quibble: The D had a shutout going with a couple of minutes left in the first half when a few players appeared to have mentally gone to the locker room a bit early and the Dores quick-passed their way down the field. It only ended up costing the Bulldogs 3 points, however, and most of the second half was also lights-out defense.

Vandy did move the ball a bit in the fourth quarter, getting down to Georgia’s 3 before QB Jordan Rodgers (who started despite being benched last week) reached for the end zone and wound up fumbling for a touchback (after the original TD ruling was overturned on review). It’s always great seeing an opponent’s points taken off the scoreboard!

So Georgia scored 40 points for a fourth consecutive game for the first time in its history and managed to match its largest ever winning margin over the Commodores, taking its 17th victory over Vandy in the past 18 games.

Business as usual, in other words.

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57 comments Add your comment

Dawg Haus

September 23rd, 2012
1:08 am

Great game for the Dawgs!

Ray Drew Fan

September 23rd, 2012
1:15 am

Way to go Dawgs! Best total game by UGA thus far, just in time to welcome Derek Dooley back to the Classic City!


September 23rd, 2012
1:29 am

Getting back two tremendous defensive players next week…chance to move Mitchell back to the receiver position. This is the type of Georgia team we haven’t seen in many years. This is the type of Georgia team that could win a national championship. For now though…let’s go out and beat Tennessee.


September 23rd, 2012
1:35 am

Well played game, Dawgs!!!! Aaron and our Carolina Frosh looked superb!


September 23rd, 2012
1:47 am

Grab it, smack it, rub it down, oh Nooooooooooo…………

joe cox

September 23rd, 2012
2:10 am

man i love the dawgs


September 23rd, 2012
2:51 am

Is it just me, or did we have more rushes outside of the tackle-box in the last 2 games than we did in the last season? (Seriously. I’d like to know.) Huummm … I wonder if that has anything to do with the rushing stats getting better? Do you think that might actually have some kind of affect on the time of possession? I wonder if holding the ball and limiting the number of plays the other team’s O gets helps the D’s stats? So now, for the second week in a row, I don’t want to stick my foot up Mike Bobo’s ***. Gee, I wonder why.

GATA= Get After That @ss

September 23rd, 2012
4:24 am

Just Sayin

September 23rd, 2012
7:12 am

Great game guys…..just improve on the PATs and fielding punts inside the 10 and you can go all the way!!!


September 23rd, 2012
7:43 am

The athletic history of UGA is full of so many sordid, sleazy incidents – dating back to Vince Dooley and continuing through Mark Richt – that it’s impossible to overlook. The school has come to stand for drunkenness and lawlessness, coddling of illiterate low-class athletes who should never have been admitted to college, and rampant cheating by coaches.

UGA and Mark Richt are an affront and an embarrassment to all decent people in this state.

Bobo's attorney

September 23rd, 2012
7:44 am

For real PsyLens?. . A veiled criticism of Bobo? I just don’t get it. What does he have to do? Average FIFTY points a game?

JunkYard Dawg

September 23rd, 2012
7:47 am

Way to play you Hairy dawg’s! Take it all the way to the BIG DANCE and get sooooome!


September 23rd, 2012
7:52 am

I wish Lemay would have gotten more reps and more opportunities to see what he can do other than hand off the ball. Hope we dont get caught looking past those orange pants to USCe. Should beatbthem handily as well. GATA


September 23rd, 2012
7:52 am

Taliaferro……….. go back to bed.


September 23rd, 2012
7:52 am

Great game for the Dawgs. Why not another score to show real dominance like Saban
SPURRIER and Miles. Sometimes CMR is too nice. May cost us later. Don’t like lapses in intensity. We need to dominate with our easy schedule. High scoring teams appear more powerful. Would hate to go undefeated and miss the NC. Pile it on. Stomp the opponents. Move up in the polls.


September 23rd, 2012
7:59 am


Where did you glean this information? What a really profound post! Why would anyone visit a UGA blog and post such a worthless bunch of noise? The only reason has to be your a nerd from north avenue. please visit your school’s blog (I’m sorry gt doesn’t have a blog). LOL!

JunkYard Dawg

September 23rd, 2012
8:02 am

Dont let your heart’s be troubled Bulldawg nation,One game at a time!


September 23rd, 2012
8:04 am

Man there are a lot of weapons running around on that field in red…. Gurley is an absolute beast!!! Better in pretty much every way, except experience, than Lattimore. Catches better, better vision, equal power, but way faster. Wear ‘em down with Gurley, slice ‘em up with Marshall.

To UGA Marketing- can we get an all red t-shirt with “TG3″ on the front, with “Run Like A Gurley” on the back?????


September 23rd, 2012
8:19 am

Settle down, dawg4life. Love the T-shirt idea, but lets not give TG the nod over a two-time All-American after 4 games. But if we still feel that way on October 7 then by all means. :)

visions of Willie

September 23rd, 2012
8:33 am

The D still had some lapses at times. We need to always be dominant and should have pitched a shut out. The offense didnt score in the 4th qtr either which was disappointing. Should have put up at least 56 on these guys. Once again Richt let up and didnt score more style points.


September 23rd, 2012
8:36 am

Finally a game the Dawgs came out from the onset and was ready to play. Its said alot about our coaching staff if they can find a way to get this team ready we can beat anybody!!! It was also nice to see Bobo keep his foot on the pedal. We have more talent at the skill positions than Bama or Lsu but we have to build depth on the lines because that is where Bama and Lsu have a advantage!!! The special teams still need more work there was a couple of kick offs returns against us that was a little to long. Punt return that we should have not been caught inside the 10 and a missed PAT and another that hit the upright but bounced in. But over all a good game that shows what we are capable of when we continue to keep our foot on the gas!!! GTA!!! Go Dawgs!!!


September 23rd, 2012
8:40 am

That was for you Coach Franklin! How do you like us now?

Frank Lane

September 23rd, 2012
8:41 am

We could have scored in the 60’s. Franklin knows it. I think that Richt handled this one correctly.

Not Ready for Prime Time

September 23rd, 2012
8:41 am

South Carolina has a better defense and the dawgs need a lot of work on special teams too. I think the dawgs will lose a regular season because of poor special teams play. Dawgs will still get killed by a Bama.

Hiawatha Berry

September 23rd, 2012
8:42 am

survive Tennessee and play lights out against South Carolina…..survive Jacksonville…….then march into Atlanta and upset Alabama.


September 23rd, 2012
8:46 am

this type of performance should keep the fla, GT and perhaps the bama trolls away. Don’t know about you guys…. but I sure slept gooooood, last night! Sic’em. Does any one agree, the officiating has been worse this year than recent memory? Kind of all began with the vandy/SC game???


September 23rd, 2012
8:57 am

Vandy had 337 yards of offense. D still needs work.


September 23rd, 2012
9:17 am


Solid Game. UT woke up in the second half and took care of business. They are much improved. While you would never call UT a ‘trap game’, Georgia cannot get caught looking forward to playing South Carolina.

All you have to do is look at the ‘Troll Count’ and the ‘Content’ to know that Georgia won big and Tech got upset. Juvenile post with no hint of North Avenue. Ignore it and enjoy the win and how the season is going.

Vinings Dawg

September 23rd, 2012
9:46 am

That’s right. Mom’s basement. Gurley is a beast!

UGA's back up QB race

September 23rd, 2012
9:54 am

Parker Welsh played HS QB in Jesup,Ga. That is big boy ball. He throws a nice ball and probaly knows the O playbook and is a leader.

The LeMay kid is a project QB. No way that he is a legit # 2 and there must be a deal with mommy and daddy to keep putting him on the field to play.

I feel badly for Huston Mason, who could start for other SEC teams. LeMay is a long work in progress and I sure hope that we do not have to rely on him. He seems confused or dazed and lost. He can neither run or throw the ball. He will not help UGA for at least another year or two.

Go Dogs.


September 23rd, 2012
10:06 am

lemay will never start a game for uga,murray next year, then hutson mason one year, then the kid from south ga ,camdan co? starts three years, hey lemay find a nice small college in charlotte, maybe your daddy that always bails you out of trouble can find you a school


September 23rd, 2012
10:13 am

hopeman and visions of Willie …

“…Richt too nice…need to dominate…Richt let up…”

Lawdamercy, we were up 48-3. That’s pretty dominating if ya ask me. Your school of thought would not allow other players to get some experience, which adds depth. Gotta have depth to compete against good teams. Style points? I guess Spurrier would agree.

Yep, improvement needed on D…too many big plays by Vandy; kinda bend but don’t break. And special teams need work; but overall did fairly well.

Lemay is #2 because Mason is redshirting. The coaches see his play during the week; must be pretty good during practices. He can’t improve unless he gets playing time. It’s best to have a backup QB with at least some experience. We’ll see as the season progresses whether Welch and Lemay separate themselves. They got in with 11 (13?) minutes to go and both got to throw a couple passes, which would never happen if it was 3 mins to go and just mop up duty. I have to agree, however, that Lemay hasn’t looked good. But neither has Murray in his first series or two the first three games.

Great win over Vandy!


September 23rd, 2012
10:21 am

hotrod – Murray jumps to the pros next year. Hutson will be the starter next year.

Hank Hill

September 23rd, 2012
10:29 am

It’s still September and we’ve already beaten two James Franklins.

Y'all Crazy

September 23rd, 2012
10:34 am

Come on Guys. When a person makes a comment like Taliaferro just ignore it. All you do is feed the fire. Don’t give them ammunition to just keep coming back with more by asking “Where do you get that information??” “Don’t you say that about UGA !!” etc. Let’s celebrate this win together as fans and just let the trouble makers be. Attempting to start an uprising on a Blog is all they have left in life. UGA is 4-0 Baby!!!!


September 23rd, 2012
10:49 am

SOS– really? 3 points is the # to look at–not total yardage. Who cares how many yards they gave up? THREE points

Strat Cat Dawg

September 23rd, 2012
11:22 am

I don’t wish him ill, but Isaiah Crowell really did us a favor getting kicked off the team

Not so fast.

September 23rd, 2012
11:54 am

This team is special, if they get to the dome….no matter who is on the other side…they will WIN

Dawg Tired

September 23rd, 2012
12:21 pm

All I can say Bill is: “Wow!” I know it was “only Vandy.” But this Vandy came oh so close to beating us last year and USCe this year. I don’t know how good Vandy is, but I’m pretty sure they are not pitiful, although the Dawgs made them look just that last night. If there is a negative to all this, I guess it’s that we can be very good or very ordinary depending on the attitude the team happens to have on the day in question. I mean it is hard to believe that is the same team we saw the first 3 weeks of the season. It’s been like night and day. Hopefully we’ll see more attitude like we saw last night in the weeks to come. We’ll need exactly that to win games against better competition.


September 23rd, 2012
12:52 pm

Gurley and Marshall are both awesome. And I haven’t seen either of them get tired and wave to the sideline to come out of the game (Isaiah).
Receiver corps is as deep as we have ever had.
Murray does a great job reading the blitz and getting rid of the ball quickly.
D bends but doesn’t break.

This year will be SPECIAL!!!


September 23rd, 2012
12:52 pm

Your 7:43 post doesn’t make any sense on a sports blog. Nobody really cares about your opinion if it doesn’t relate to the football game. You may get sympathy and pity but your mental problems need to be evaluated by a professional not a bunch of football fanatics.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 23rd, 2012
12:55 pm

Hopefully Richt and Bobo will re-watch the game tape of last nights game and last years Auburn and FL game

Maybe then they will coach this championship level talent to a championship


September 23rd, 2012
12:57 pm

Great game!!! It reminded me greatly of the early 80’s performances. They played with focus and intensity throughout,

Hey, by the way… When was the last game that the Dawgs did not even attempt a field goal?


September 23rd, 2012
1:06 pm

Georgia has a problem that needs to be addressed before we get to a defense like South Carolina and Florida who will take advantage. Our Freshmen kickers are great and will get better but they are making too many mistakes. Morgan is not a sure thing on extra points. I don’t know if it is the holder or what but we had another extra point missed yesterday and Morgan hit the goal post again. As for Barber Vanderbilt came very close to blocking 2 or 3 of his kicks. He needs to pick it up kicking the ball before he really gets a rush .
I don’t know which coach is responsible for our kickers but they need to stop taking them for granted and give them some needed supervision and guidance before it hurt us.


September 23rd, 2012
1:50 pm

Go Dawgs!

Russ Rules the Bulldog Nation!

I hate all teams orange.


September 23rd, 2012
3:29 pm

Isn’t it amazing how few the posts on these blogs today! All of the weird trolls, pretend UGA fans, mock UGA fans, and frustrated opposing fans have been shut up by the team! Shows you how many delusional UGA haters there are out there! Keep winning Dawgs…silence is golden.


September 23rd, 2012
4:08 pm

We run more because our offensive line is better just like I said it would be. More athletic and better running backs too just like I said.

Suck it haters

look at the koolaid falling from the sky

September 23rd, 2012
4:56 pm

still waiting for the patented Mark Richt “the team takes a vacation” game.

It’ll be coming up soon…..yall just hang on…we just need to keep on winning and he will decide to take the team bowling or swimming or give them the week off…


September 23rd, 2012
6:20 pm

PsyLens and Flat Tire are pathetic . . .

Oh the shame of it!

September 23rd, 2012
7:53 pm

The 15 worst scandals in college sports:


Just guess which school is on the list TWICE.

Remember, there’s a reason why UGA is known far and wide as The Cesspool of the South.