Score - Georgia: 35 Vanderbilt: 28
Similar to every other game this season, the Bulldogs sure didn’t make it easy on themselves in this hard-fought road win.
Both teams battled in this back-and-forth contest that ended with Brendan Douglas scoring the game winning touchdown on a nine yard run with just over two minutes to play in the fourth quarter.
Vanderbilt jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter with a 22 yard touchdown reception by Jordan Matthews, but the Dawgs responded on the ensuing drive with a two yard touchdown run by Brendan Douglas.
Georgia and Vandy traded scores again in the second quarter and the Commodores were able to kick a field goal to end the first half and take a 17-14 lead. Vanderbilt kicked another field goal to extend the lead to six points midway through the third quarter, but Aaron Murray responded with an impressive 84-yard touchdown drive to take a one point lead entering the fourth quarter.
It looked like the Dawgs might put the game out of reach when Murray found Chris Conley in the endzone for a seven yard touchdown with ten minutes remaining in the game, but Vanderbilt answered with a touchdown and two-point conversion to tie the score at 28.
Fortunately, Georgia was able to use its power running game to respond with a tough drive that led to Douglas’ touchdown and the victory.
Vanderbilt tried to mount one last comeback but an interception by Corey Moore secured the win for the Dawgs.
Aaron Murray - 17/25, 225 yards, 3 TDs
Aaron Murray didn’t put up huge numbers, but he was a picture of consistency and efficiency for the Georgia offense. He didn’t make any mistakes and completed 68-percent of his passes, including a big 41-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. It was a great performance and veteran leadership from the senior quarterback.
Brendan Douglas - 17 carries, 82 yards, 2 TDs
No one will mistake Brendan Douglas for Todd Gurley, but he ran hard against the Vanderbilt defense and eventually wore them down late in the game, which led to his game winning touchdown run with a little over two minutes left in the fourth quarter.
Georgia moved to 5-2 with the win over Vanderbilt and now has an extra week to prepare for the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party against Florida. As usual, the game with the Gators is critical and a must-win for the Dawgs if they want to stay in contention for the SEC East Division Championship. Hopefully some guys can get healthy in the off week.