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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September 23rd, 2012
8:03 pm

Given Vandy has a poor team this year The Dawgs really played excellent ball in probably the most balanced performance in years. Now if we can continue to play that way for the rest of the season, beating SC and UF and the rest of the bunch we might just have a shot at beating Bama. Of course we’d need the ball to bounce our way once or twice but it could happen.

In orther news GT loses again.

The real shame

September 23rd, 2012
8:48 pm

Oh the shame if it is that your daddy let it loose inside to momma instead if doing us all a favor and wearing a raincoat.


September 23rd, 2012
9:15 pm

this dog team is for real! mark this down–the dogs roll through the SEC east again and will play alabama for the sec title. alabama is overrated and the dogs can pull the upset for the title! Dogs 27 bama 19!


September 23rd, 2012
9:31 pm

We stunk last year while waiting for Alec Ogletree to come back from injury. He is crucial for this defense. After a warmup game for him next week, we should be ready to win our second game in a town called Columbia. Not to mention Rambo. I am frankly shocked at our O line improvement. It needs to continue so we can get more use of our TIght Ends. Now I know why Orson Charles went Pro… We are improving weekly and gaining strength. We would not beat Alabama today but that is not the issue right now.

Wild Dog

September 23rd, 2012
10:07 pm

Talifererro, You do not do mujch for a upstanding person. you speak of untruths

Wild Dog

September 23rd, 2012
10:20 pm

The know it alls
;I would be willing to bet all these pople that are judging UGA and any other persons about Drugs could npt pass a drug test.


September 23rd, 2012
10:23 pm

@ Bobo’s attorney: I’m sorry you misunderstood. I was actually saying that I was glad that Bobo started running outside. What I was trying to point out was simply that by running outside we are being more productive, thus holding the ball longer and allowing the D’s numbers to be better. The reason I said it like that is because I’d been tearing my hair out watching the running game last season. ( I believe that draw-44 was the most run rushing play [yes that's a draw play] and the FB only touched the ball once or twice while our WRs are easily in the top 10 blocking receiving corps in the FBS) So in short I’m talking about how his new found outside rushing game is much better than it had been since … well since he’s been here. I wasn’t saying anything about the score.
@ Firehaters: You must have misunderstood also. If you still have a problem with my comments how about offering a reason for your insult. Anybody can disagree; but, I do expect someone to give a reason for insulting me.