Instant analysis: UGA 48, Vanderbilt 3
September, 22, 2012
By David Ching | ESPN.com
ATHENS, Ga. -- The No. 5 Georgia Bulldogs asserted themselves early en route to a 48-3 blowout win over visiting Vanderbilt.
It was over when: Vanderbilt showed no ability to stop Georgia in the first quarter, and the Bulldogs removed any doubt that they would win easily when they quickly drove 57 yards and scored on a 22-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Murray to Tavarres King early in the second quarter to go up 20-0.
Game ball goes to: Todd Grantham and his defense. Nobody has forgotten the postgame screaming match between Georgia defensive coordinator Grantham and Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin from last season. Grantham’s group made its point in the rematch by manhandling the Commodores throughout.
Stat of the game: 40+. Georgia scored 40-plus points yet again, marking the first time in school history the Bulldogs have scored at least that many points in four consecutive games. Last week marked the first time Georgia had scored 40-plus in its first three games to open a season, so that streak continues, as well.
How the game was won: Vanderbilt shot itself in the foot with a handful of first-quarter penalties, and Georgia capitalized with touchdowns on its first four possessions. By halftime, Georgia had outgained Vandy 303 yards to 136 and already led 27-3.
What it means: Georgia’s blowout victory -- on the same day that South Carolina and Florida both earned easy SEC East wins -- means the Eastern Division race should be much more entertaining than anyone might have expected before the season. All three teams might be ranked in the top 10 in the new polls released on Sunday.
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11:00 AM ET Nevada Louisiana-Lafayette 2:20 PM ET Utah State UTEP 3:30 PM ET 22 Utah Colorado State 5:45 PM ET Western Michigan Air Force 9:15 PM ET South Alabama Bowling Green
6:00 PM ET Marshall Northern Illinois 9:30 PM ET Navy San Diego State
12:00 PM ET Central Michigan Western Kentucky 8:00 PM ET Fresno State Rice
1:00 PM ET Illinois Louisiana Tech 4:30 PM ET Rutgers North Carolina 8:00 PM ET North Carolina State UCF
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State