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?
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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— Bill King, Junkyard Blawg