Georgia 33, Vanderbilt 28

Aaron Murray threw for a career-high 326 yards and three

touchdowns, and Blair Walsh kicked four field goals as the Georgia

Bulldogs held off Vanderbilt 33-28 for their fifth straight victory

Saturday night.

Vanderbilt (3-3, 1-3 Southeastern Conference) hadn’t beaten

Georgia in Nashville since 1991, and Udom Umoh blocked Drew

Butler’s punt with 7 seconds left to give the Commodores one last

chance at the Georgia 20 before a substitution infraction backed

the Commodores up to the Georgia 25.

Jordan Rodgers overthrew Chris Boyd in the end zone, leaving a

second for a final play. Rodgers was hit as he threw short to tight

end Brandon Barden, who was tackled well short at the 16.

Georgia (5-2, 4-1) also intercepted three passes, the last by

Bacarri Rambo with 1:10 left, as the Bulldogs kept pace in the East

with South Carolina, a 14-12 winner over Mississippi State


The hectic ending was fitting on a night when a transformer on

the east concourse of the stadium blew and knocked out four sets of

lights with 2:53 left in the first half. Workers fixed a fuse and

got all but one stand working by early in the third quarter.

Walsh clanked his first field goal attempt off the left upright

and missed another wide right.

The Commodores had the ball twice in the final 2:30, first when

Casey Heyward picked off a Murray pass at the Vandy 2. Rambo ended

that drive with his interception, but the Bulldogs, who had to kick

so many field goals, couldn’t pick up a first down to run out the

clock, which set up the final few plays.

Murray threw two TDs to Marlon Brown, the last a 75-yarder with

13:57 left that proved to be the winner and the longest TD play for

both quarterback and receiver. Murray also connected with Tavarres

King on a 20-yard TD set up by Orson Charles blocking a punt.

The Bulldogs took a 3-0 lead on Walsh’s first field goal, a

53-yarder, and scored 20 points in the second quarter and never


Georgia had allowed only two offensive touchdowns in the

previous four games. The Bulldogs gave up three to Vandy, two in

the final 16 minutes as Zac Stacy capped an 84-yard drive by

running for a 19-yard TD with 9:15 left.

Vanderbilt’s best offense early came came on a fake punt when

the backup punter completed a 35-yard pass, and on a halfback pass

when Stacy tossed a 43-yard TD pass to Jordan Matthews. Andre Hal

also returned a kickoff 96 yards for a TD in the third quarter just

after Georgia took its biggest lead of the game at 23-7.

Rodgers, who came in after Larry Smith was intercepted for the

second time, drove the Commodores 75 yards to set up Jerron

Seymour’s 1-yard TD with 26 seconds left in the third.