A roundup of the AJC’s coverage of Georgia’s 43-0 win over Vanderbilt:
My game story, which notes that Todd Grantham coveted a shutout even after the win was assured:
ATHENS — A football team that looked hapless and hopeless two weeks ago flexed its muscle here Saturday.
Georgia put up big numbers on offense and the most impressive number of all on defense, beating Vanderbilt 43-0 in a happy homecoming game in Sanford Stadium.
The shutout was Georgia’s first against an SEC opponent since 2006. The margin of victory was Georgia’s largest against an SEC opponent since 2004. And the win was Georgia’s second in a row after four consecutive losses.
“This is the way we feel like we could have played the whole year,” quarterback Aaron Murray said.
Well, that would have spared a lot of anguish.
Andy Johnston’s sidebar on the coronation of Uga VIII:
. . . Before being led to his doghouse by members of the Seiler family, which owns the line of mascots, Uga VIII stopped and seemed to give a goodbye kiss to Russ.
. . . Being his first game, Uga VIII seemed to be unsure of the crowd noise and music. He spent most of the game inside his doghouse.
“This is a great-looking dog,” UGA President Michael Adams said. “I think he’s going to have a great career.”
Jeff Schultz’s column, which notes the team has a pulse that was barely detectable at 1-4:
ATHENS – Since Georgia is way past concerns about where it ranks in the Harris Poll, there’s little in the way of buildup for the unveiling of the first BCS standings Sunday. Certainly, there’s no reason for fans to reflect and wonder: “Will Vanderbilt’s record hurt our strength of schedule?”
But that shouldn’t matter right now. There is a pulse.
Andy Johnston’s sidebar on Washaun Ealey coming through in a time of need:
ATHENS — Washaun Ealey’s focus never wavered.
Ball security remained at the forefront of his mind throughout Georgia’s 43-0 victory over Vanderbilt on Saturday, and with it came Ealey’s best performance of the season.
“I feel like I won [teammates' and coaches'] trust a little bit, but I have to keep working and let them keep trusting me and show them that I can be that back,” Ealey said. “It was a big game for me. I knew I had a lot of people depending on me to have a good game.”
My notebook, including items on Blair Walsh’s record, the sellout streak and Ken Malcome keeping his redshirt:
ATHENS — Georgia freshman tailback Ken Malcome did not make his college debut Saturday after all. And he probably won’t play this season.
Coach Mark Richt had suggested Malcome might shed his redshirt and play against Vanderbilt because of attrition at tailback — specifically, Caleb King’s suspension and Carlton Thomas‘ strained hamstring. But Thomas’ condition improved Wednesday and Thursday, and he played Saturday in relief of starter Washaun Ealey.
And Brant Sanderlin’s photo gallery, including this shot of teammates congratulating Carlton Thomas after his third-quarter touchdown: