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
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.