No. 5 Ranked Georgia Runs All Over Vanderbilt In Nashville
There was no letdown after Georgia’s shutout of Tennessee last week as the Bulldogs piled up 423 rushing yards in a 45-14 rout of Vanderbilt in Nashville today.
No. 5 Georgia was led by Nick Chubb’s two touchdowns and 138 rushing yards, as the Dawgs moved to 6-0 and avenged the Commodores’ 17-16 victory in Athens last season.
The Georgia defense dominated once again, holding Vanderbilt to 236 net yards, even with two starters and a key backup not playing. Defensive tackle Trent Thompson and linebacker Reggie Carter remained in Athens nursing injuries. Linebacker Natrez Patrick, facing a misdemeanor marijuana arrest, also didn’t make the trip.
Georgia, now 3-0 in the conference and off to its best start since 2012, continued with the same offensive formula….an overpowering rushing attack with waves of tailbacks, controlling the clock and scoring in the red zone.
Senior Sony Michel rushed for 150 yards and a touchdown, sophomore Elijah Holyfield ran hard for 51 yards and his first career touchdown, freshman D’Andre Swift contributed 32 yards and a touchdown reception and Brian Herrien added 28 yards.
Freshman quarterback Jake Fromm, starting his fifth consecutive game, was efficient once again. Fromm was 7 of 11 for 102 yards with two touchdown passes, including a 47-yard beautifully lofted pass to Terry Godwin.
In beating Vanderbilt (3-3, 0-3) for the 20th time in their last 23 meetings, Georgia came out strong and never gave Vandy a chance. The ‘Dores had a brutal four-game stretch, going 1-3 against four top 20 teams, and the Dawgs were showing no mercy. Chubb set the tone on the Bulldogs’ opening drive with a 33-yard touchdown run. Fromm hit Swift with a 5-yard touchdown pass and Chubb added a 14-yard run late in the second quarter for a 21-0 lead.
Fromm’s long touchdown pass to Godwin early in the third quarter was followed by a 50-yard touchdown run by Michel.
Jacob Eason entered the game with 10:15 remaining land was promptly blindsided and fumbled, leading to Vandy’s second score. Eason was 3-3 for 24 yards and appeared fully recovered from his knee injury in the season’s first game.
Commenting on the quarterback situation after the game, Kirby Smart said, “Y’all want a story about the quarterbacks. Y’all want controversy….both of the QBs can play winning football.”
Georgia returns to Sanford Stadium next Saturday for a 7:30 p.m. game with Missouri (1-3).
•Georgia will move up to at least No. 4 in the national polls, after Oklahoma’s defeat.
•The offensive line redeemed itself after a disappointing performance in last year’s loss. Coach Smart awarded the game ball to the line.
•Nick Chubb became the eighth running back in SEC history to rush for 4,000 yards.
•Nobody travels like DawgNation. The game had a home-like feel as red and black dominated the stadium.