UPDATED: No drama this time as Georgia Bulldogs roll Vandy 48-3

Georgia's Jarvis Jones -- aka SacMan Jones -- pulls down Vanderbilt quarterback Jordan Rodgers for an 11-yard loss and yet another sack Saturday night. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

Georgia's Jarvis Jones -- aka SacMan Jones -- pulls down Vanderbilt quarterback Jordan Rodgers for an 11-yard loss and yet another sack Saturday night. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

ATHENS – This time around, the only drama between Georgia and Vanderbilt was the pregame coin toss.

The No. 5-ranked Bulldogs won that little contest and nearly every one thereafter, cruising to a 48-3 win over the Commodores Saturday night at Sanford Stadium.

The stress-free victory came less than a year after Vanderbilt pushed the Bulldogs to the brink in Nashville before losing 33-28 in a nail-biter that ignited a postgame shouting match between Commodores head coach James Franklin and Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham. This time it ended in a friendly handshake between the two men at midfield.

“We were going to go out there and, you know, have a group hug and then everybody’s going to go their way and move on,” Grantham quipped afterward. “They coach them hard, they play hard and they’re trying to be competitive. We’re all competitive. So we shook hands and moved on.”

Said Georgia coach Mark Richt: “That’s good. They should shake hands.”

There wasn’t much to argue about Saturday as the Bulldogs jumped out to a 27-3 first-half lead and never looked back. Georgia, which came into the game averaging 47.7 points and leading the SEC in total offense, have now scored more than 40 points in four consecutive games for the first time in school history.  Coupled with the stingy defensive effort and solid specials teams play, it ended up as one of the Bulldogs’ most complete victories in recent memory.

“It’s hard to do that,” Richt said. “It’s just rare. I think our guys really wanted this one bad. They didn’t feel good about the way things went a year ago. . . . We wanted to prove we were better than that.”

The win was the 14th straight regular-season victory for Georgia and gets it off to a 4-0 start for the first time since 2008, when they began the year ranked No. 1.

The Bulldogs take a 2-0 SEC record into next week’s home game against Tennessee, which will be nationally-televised on CBS. The Vols (3-1, 0-1 SEC) defeated Akron 47-26 Saturday night in Knoxville.

Georgia’s win was one of such total and complete domination it is difficult to know where to begin. Start with quarterback Aaron Murray, who had passed for 250 yards and 2 touchdowns and ran in for another one by the end of the third quarter. He didn’t play the fourth.

“I felt good,” said Murray, who completed his first 12 passes of the night and hit nine different receivers on the night. “The O-line did one heckuva job and gave me plenty of time. Any quarterback can sit back there with a nice pocket. My job’s easy when you have a great offensive line and great receivers.”

The Bulldogs’ dynamic freshman tailback duo of Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall continued to wow.

Gurley executed a 29-yard scoring run that was reminiscent of the kind another freshman back made at Georgia 30 years ago. He broke four tackles on the jaunt, including stiff-arming a safety to the ground to spring him the final 15 yards. Gurley finished with 130 yards on 16 carries and 2 touchdowns. That gives him 406 yards rushing and 7 touchdowns on 44 carries for the season.

“That was kind of Herschel Walker-ish,” senior flanker Tavarres King said with a grin.

Said junior guard Dallas Lee: “That was the coolest stiff arm I’ve ever seen in person. I can’t wait to go back and watch it on film. He’s a great running back and I love watching him run. It’s an honor to block for him.”

Marshall also scored twice and added 82 yards on 10 carries. The Bulldogs rushed for 303 yards on the night and had 568 yards. Georgia has now scored more than 40 points in four games in a row for the first time ever.

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs’ defense could do no wrong either. The Commodores appeared to have scored a touchdown on a Jordan Rodgers’ run early in the fourth quarter. But an official review of the TD ruling on the field was overturned via replay. Rodgers’ had fumbled the ball into the end zone and Georgia was given the ball via touchback.

“We love the way we played today,” said junior outside linebacker Jarvis Jones, who had a sack and three tackles for loss among his 7 tackles. “We played good on every level, offense, defense and special teams. We’ve got to play like that every week to be a championship-caliber team. If we keep playing like that I think we can go where we’re trying to go.”

The game got off to a perfect start for Georgia. After winning the toss and deferring to the second half, the Bulldogs, with the help of three offensive penalties, limited Vanderbilt to one yard and the Commodores had to punt from their own 15. Malcolm Mitchell returned the ensuing punt 14 yards to midfield.

Georgia then ran the ball five times in seven plays where Gurley scored on a 4-yard run over left tackle to post a quick lead. Gurley ran the ball four times for 21 yards on the drive and Murray had completions of 16 and 11 yards.

That proved to be just the beginning for Murray. The Bulldogs’ junior signalcaller completed his first 12 passes of the night – that’s third-best in UGA annals – and Georgia scored touchdowns on its first four possessions of the night in building a 27-0 lead in the first 25 minutes. The only blemish was a botched snap on a point-after try.

Even when the Bulldogs had to punt it went well for them. Vandy’s Caleb Azubike was called for roughing Collin Barber on Georgia’s first punt of the night, and the Bulldogs covered the remaining 60 yards in two runs by Marshall, the second one going 52 yards up the middle for a touchdown.

“I have to give Georgia credit; they are a very good football team and ranked No. 5 for a reason,” Vanderbilt’s Franklin said. ” I think the difference in the game was up front, especially with their offensive line. They did a good job.”

COMPLETE COVERAGE OF GEORGIA-VANDERBILT GAME:

Game story: No drama this time as Bulldogs rout Vandy 48-3

In the spotlight: Huge night for Aaron Murray

Mark Bradley column: Yeah, it was only Vandy. It also was utter domination by UGA

Quotes: What players,  coaches said after the game

Notes: Satisfying day for Grantham, Georgia’s defense

Photo gallery: Scenes from Sanford Stadium

117 comments Add your comment

Lonnie

September 22nd, 2012
11:12 pm

Can Dr. P, GT Bob and Huh please say something!
Lol!

Sunbury Ga dawg

September 22nd, 2012
11:20 pm

1 game at a time guys….. all the way to the dome…..
GATA you dirty dawgs

AugustaDawg

September 22nd, 2012
11:25 pm

Lonnie, I think GT blob is still weeping after giving up a 17 point lead. Dawgs look good. Gata

daydreamer

September 22nd, 2012
11:27 pm

This was the best Ga…has looked in sometimes….even though Vandys is not very good…but it was an SEC game…and won in style…we could have scored 60…but not like a most ..Ga let them down easy…I sincerely hope we can get a couple of big Dawgs back next week and put the Tenn. bunch back on rocky top….great game…for a Ga fan…and lets not gloat to much but play to win them all in style…congrats…to all Ga coaches and players….Thanks

That Boy Aint Right

September 22nd, 2012
11:27 pm

Wow…. A virtually perfectly executed game plan. Dawgs look mentally sharp and well prepared for this beat down. Nice jobs men !! 4 – 0 and on the move !! Lets welcome Tennessee te same way !!

Bulldog on the Bayou

September 22nd, 2012
11:27 pm

Seems Bobo has come into his own, as has our offensive line. We should go undefeated with this type of play. Right now I believe we could play with anybody in the country. Gooooo Dawgs!!!!

Penguin

September 22nd, 2012
11:29 pm

GATA….. That’s Georgia football! Stay focused and lets finish the drill. Mama… there goes that man again… #29 is a man!

SSgt Dawg

September 22nd, 2012
11:30 pm

The Dawgs are on a roll. The offense is scoring at will and the defense can shut most teams down. Jarvis is the best player in football, Gurley is a man amongst boys. He runs like Reggie Bush, and Adrian Peterson. Marshall is a blazer and if he gets a crease he’s gone. TK can run past almost every DB he faces. This team is special and they are only getting better. Welcome back Tree and Rambo. GO DAWGS

Tree & Rambo

September 22nd, 2012
11:31 pm

Put me in Coach….. I’m ready to play!!!

Bitter QB

September 22nd, 2012
11:31 pm

Murphy had a great game and official loses the –TURNOVER– nick name

daydreamer

September 22nd, 2012
11:31 pm

Just to all the high school senior off. guards…would you not like to block for the two horseman we have….and defensive guards and tackles….we can play with the Bamas…and Tigers….come on down to Athens and play for the home boys and fans…..

CHDawg

September 22nd, 2012
11:32 pm

Lon, they are too depressed to post. Awesome game on all points, but I have to say I was just thrilled by the improvement in the offensive line! The other thing I’m thrilled over: 9 and 18 getting out of purgatory. I hope they have learned a great lesson, and that they make up for the time off with some great games. A lot of great games, but Brown, Murray, Jones and the line stand out. Go Dawgs.

GT Bob

September 22nd, 2012
11:33 pm

Bitter QB

September 22nd, 2012
11:34 pm

tech had the greatest melt-down in GT history today scoring 36 straight

then forgetting how to finish——DAWGS no how to FINISH

———BE A GURLY MAN

A True Dawg

September 22nd, 2012
11:35 pm

I’m a Georgia grad and a football fan who has spent the last six or seven years listening to the anti-Mark Richt crowd deride my team and our coach. I hope that none of you pretend to be true Dawgs and I pray that none of you derive pleasure from UGA winning the NC this year. Go suck on eggs!

dawggirl

September 22nd, 2012
11:36 pm

An almost flawless game, the coaches did an excellent job of preparation this week. Kudos all around!

Let’s get everyone healthy and welcome back Rambo and Ogletree!

FB

September 22nd, 2012
11:37 pm

Great win. Any Boo hater comments…..? I thought the D played well but cannot wait for Tree and Rambo to return. Richt as these Dawgs slowly moving to a peak!

GTBob's grief counselor

September 22nd, 2012
11:38 pm

People, please! I’m worried about Bob. He is depressed over Tech losing, but he has been crying and clutching his childhood teddy bear watching Georgia beat Vandy. Have some sympathy.

Bitter TURD--roll

September 22nd, 2012
11:39 pm

LOOK out bamma—-jawger coming hard—–looking forward to a differant result

in this years BLACKOUT 2—-SEC FINAL—–GONE-A KICK the little

————used car SALESMAN;S A$$—-TRAILER TRAMPS

SatillaDawg

September 22nd, 2012
11:40 pm

Great game Dawgs!

Firing on all cylinders!

Look out Volunteers….Russ is on a roll!

dawggirl

September 22nd, 2012
11:40 pm

A True Dawg – UGA grad here as well. I’ve always supported Richt. Proud to be a Dawg fan!

Joe

September 22nd, 2012
11:41 pm

One game at a time

Bitter TURD--roll

September 22nd, 2012
11:42 pm

@ A TRUE DAWG—BITE ME TROLL—-YOU NO YOU SLUNG YOUR SHARE OF HATE

—AT COACH RICHT——YOU JUST USED A DIFFERANT HANDLE FOOL

Dawg-Gawn

September 22nd, 2012
11:44 pm

“Gurley Bawl Y’all”

“Our Team” “Our Time” “No Regrets”

“BELIEVE” in the “G”

“Nu-ff Said”

Glory between the Hedges

September 22nd, 2012
11:51 pm

GEORGIA WHIPPED FRANKLINS DORES TAILS !!!!!!!!!!!NOW LETS KICK TENNESSEE’S TAIL!!!!!!!!!

Mayo

September 22nd, 2012
11:53 pm

Great layin’ O’the wood, men. Vandy said this week that this game was “unfinished business” and they were RIGHT. The men of Georgia took ‘em behind the woodshed and finished that business. Now on to other things. Like beating the HELL out of Tennessee!

jwood

September 22nd, 2012
11:56 pm

Man, fans become the ups and down of victory and losses. Slow down a little bit everyone. We wiped the floor with Vandy, but that’s it. Next week is a fresh week. Anything can happen.

BigGAdawg

September 22nd, 2012
11:57 pm

I do love me some old man football!!

WOOF WOOF WOOF!!!

What an amazing game. It was not what I was expecting–Vandy has some talented players and is well coached–frankly they almost always play us tough, and most other teams as well. Our dawgs took matters in hand from the outset and never looked back. It was not what I was expecting BUT I am VERY happy that it is what we got!!!

GO DAWGS!!!

Russell Hall

September 23rd, 2012
12:00 am

The Dawgs played a fine game.

Bring on the Hillbillies!

DawginLex

September 23rd, 2012
12:05 am

A True Dawg

September 23rd, 2012
12:05 am

@Turd – your name is apropo.

No, I went to school when Ray Goff and Jim Donnan were the coaches, so I know what it feels like to be insignificant. You can go screw! Those other Dawgs who have endured the Richard Samuel, Herschel Talkers and the St. Simons of the AJC know what I’m talking about. I hope that none of you enjoy Georgia’s success!

azdawg

September 23rd, 2012
12:10 am

A good win. However, SC looked real good beating MO. They have a real good defense and their QB is as good as Murray. That is going to be a close game and will be decided by a TD. Defense is going to decide the winner in that game.

Rick James

September 23rd, 2012
12:12 am

Rambo and Ogeltree are back next week..The defense will be at full strength.I didnt know that Zander Ogeltree was supended too..

Uga Grad 94

September 23rd, 2012
12:14 am

Goodness, you people are insane. Looking for anything. We BTS out of Vandy and we’re the next Bama, on our way to the National Championship. Act like you’ve been there before. Oh wait, that was once in 1980.

Good game, but Vandy is no good. Let’s see if we can beat Tennessee, SC and Florida 48-3. Then, I might start thinking this is…well, better than last year.

Strange Murphy

September 23rd, 2012
12:14 am

FIRE ST. MARK AND BIRTHIN HIPS!!!

Uga Grad 94

September 23rd, 2012
12:14 am

Quote from FAU Coach UGA vs. Bama:

The Owls (1-3) managed only one first down through three quarters and were outgained 503-110 in total yards. They were coming off a 56-20 loss to another Southeastern Conference power, No. 5 Georgia.

Florida Atlantic coach Carl Pelini called Alabama “as physical a team as there is out there.”

“That’s not Georgia we faced today, that’s Alabama – it’s very different, “Pelini said. “Different scheme-wise. I think they’re more physical than Georgia. You know, I don’t compare teams but they’re just different. They play differently. They pressure more than Georgia did. They’re physical in their man coverage.”

Uga Grad 94

September 23rd, 2012
12:16 am

@ A True Dawg, the past 7 years have been aweful…you are brainwashed, if not a fool.

dawggirl

September 23rd, 2012
12:16 am

LSU will fall out of their number 2 slot, and they deserve it.

atlxmen

September 23rd, 2012
12:20 am

lol.. azdawg…is that qb as good as murray on south carolina”s bench? because shaw is no where near the qb murray is…he wets his pants against the better defenses in the sec. uga will crush him..

WC20

September 23rd, 2012
12:23 am

WAIT WE OWN WITHOUT RAMBO AND TREE????!?!?!?!?!??!!?!?!?!??????
wonder how good we’ll be this upcoming Saturday……………
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GtDawg

September 23rd, 2012
12:24 am

Anybody here still wanna see Mettenberger start for the Dawgs????

A True Dawg

September 23rd, 2012
12:35 am

@UGA Grad – No way in hell you went to UGA. Let’s make a deal: when university of phoenix gets a football team, I won’t pretend to be an alum, now you do the same, okay?

1969 Graduate

September 23rd, 2012
12:41 am

We’re improving in so many ways, and it is fun to watch.

Having a stable of quality running backs is an obvious and huge improvement. The line knows that holes opened will be filled briefly as our backs slash through them. The quarterback knows that it’s not all on the passing game. The offensive coordinator even looks like he knows what he’s doing all of the sudden.

Anyone thinking the rest of the teams on our schedule are going to play dead hasn’t been paying attention. LSU was fortunate to get past Auburn. The chickens looked very, very good against the nice fellows from Columbia, MO. The Gators are much better, I think, than they were last year, and they, like Tennessee, often play above themselves when they play us. Even hapless Tech sometimes rises above their NATS roots to give us a good game.

We’ve got a long way to go, and I’m not counting chickens just yet, but it sure was fun to see a Georgia team, and a Georgia coaching staff that looked like they had their act together.

I’m a true dog fan myself, but I gave up on Kool Aid a long time ago. Loving the Bulldogs, and the University does not mean embracing everything that goes on. Many of us can make a list, but right now is a time for celebration, and for congratulating the coaches and players for a wonderfully well played, planned, and executed football game. I’m hoping for many more. Some will have to be even better than this one, but there are signs of real learning in Athens.

I was really impressed with the Bulldogs tonight. Wow!

Go, Georgia Bulldawgs.

7576DAWG

September 23rd, 2012
12:44 am

Uga Grad 94
Pelini made that statement without seeing three of our best on defense. I bet he would have said something different if Jones, Rambo and Ogletree had played in their game.

Blake

September 23rd, 2012
12:54 am

Uga Grad 94,
You are exactly the “fan” True is talking about. Get on board or go to heck! The Dawgs have a GREAT team and so does Bama, and I don’t give a crap what Carl Pelini says. His comments have no bearing on what a future Bama-UGA match’s outcome. Bama is not invincible and their opening week win against Michigan is looking less and less impressive as weeks go by. Again, be a Dawg fan or just SHUT UP! We’re tired of poor mouthing whiners like you!

Wild Dog`

September 23rd, 2012
12:55 am

UGA GRAD 94 Who cares what you think. Please go get in your closet and babble. Certainly you don’t think you spew knowledge. Please go to your onn dog house. No one wants you as a fan.

pteferredduck

September 23rd, 2012
12:57 am

And everyone has been complaining about the defense for 3 weeks, me I kept telling everyone we are playing some true freshmen etc and even Mitchell getting used to playing corner. People kept ragging about where our defense ranked. Well last year we finished 5th and gave up 28 points and a whole lot more of yardage to Vandy than we did this year. So four games in means nothing and not to worry. I think we held them to right around or under 100 yards rushing and about 200 yards passing and a while 3 points. So I would say we did better than last year and better than south Carolina did for sure. On another note people complain about the offense. Today we ran for 305 yards when lattimore and Carolina came nowhere close to those numbers. I kept hearing how Vandy’s defense was ranked so high nationally and in the SEC and we sliced through it like butter. Murray did not have an incompletion fi many throws and on the ones that were missed they were very catchable and on Target, like the throw to Lynch. Come to think of it I don’t think he had one bad pass all game. He had a 75% completion ratio which isn’t bad. Also the O line gave him time and handled the blitz and we would get a big gain. The ESPN folks were amazed at Murray and how much better he has gotten since he started. They also showed and commented about the defensive guys keeping the younger ones in line esp when they almost scored. So I would say people need to chill and take it 1 week at a time. We are 4-0 with rocky top coming in next week who was strugging to beat akron midway through the 4th quarter. I think everyone will be fired up next week and ready to make it 5-0. Also if we play like we did tonight against SC we win. Mizzou handed that game to them today and we went to their house and Franklin was a fired up QB who had no confidence tonight and we beat them by one more point. And since we throttled Vandy and SC couldn’t I really like our chances. Go Dawgs!!!

WC20

September 23rd, 2012
1:12 am

People….please….Imagine JJ having the Int machine and the biggest hitter back….Shawn Williams will also GREATLY benefit and have those HUGE hits he’s had before. these 2 aren’t like Commings and Vasser….We’re talking All-American 1st round talent coming back here.

pteferredduck

September 23rd, 2012
1:16 am

@ UGA grad 94, last week bad week one we played a very vanilla defense, not to mention we had a ton of true freshman getting playing time at game speed and they played a ton of the game. I know Jordan Jenkins played, we had what one or two freshman corners, josh Harvey clemons played a ton too. The reason for this is to get them ready to start, so no we were not as physical as they were with true freshman. But I bet vandy would probably tell you the Dawgs made their head spin and SC did not. We are ready, and by the end of the year the 22 freshman who have played a ton so far will be ready and will ne rotating in all the time. The offense now has a running game, we had 1 back last year who was “hurt” half the time and our offense works best when we have running backs, now we have 3 really good ones. So if the D plays well I think we have a shot, as long as we take it one week at a time. Look up bama’s stats against their cupcakes and see how flawless they really are sometimes. They are a really good team, but we can be too.

Chuck UGA

September 23rd, 2012
1:21 am

Looking very forward to Tennessee coming in and what the UGA offense should do next week. 50+ points? Seems very likely. Getting closer to taking over that series all-time! That’s going to just eat up so many Vol fans, especially after they reeled off nine straight way back when and rubbed it in our faces. Next year they will lose their ninth straight to Florida, and UGA will win their second straight in Neyland!