Halftime analysis: UGA 27, Vandy 3

September, 22, 2012
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Stat of the half: 8-53. Vanderbilt was its own worst enemy in the first quarter, committing eight penalties -- including three on its opening possession -- as Georgia took command right away.


The biggest penalty was a 15-yard roughing the kicker call against Caleb Azubike that gave Georgia a first down at its own 40. Two plays later, Keith Marshall burst up the middle for a 52-yard touchdown run that put the Bulldogs up 13-0.

Player of the half: Aaron Murray. Georgia’s quarterback completed his first 12 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown before throwing an incompletion late in the second quarter. He and the Bulldogs’ offense made it look easy in building a 27-0 advantage before Vandy finally dented the scoreboard.

What’s working for Georgia: The noisy crowd at Sanford Stadium certainly played a role in the first quarter, as Vanderbilt committed four false-start penalties. Not that Georgia’s defense needed much help. The Commodores had accumulated just 136 yards by halftime -- and nearly half of those came on a field-goal drive just before the break.

What’s not working for Georgia: Any complaints here would be nitpicking. Malcolm Mitchell made a questionable decision to return a punt from his own goal line in the second quarter, but Georgia promptly drove 96 yards for a touchdown after Mitchell's mistake.

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