Georgia Bulldogs: dores-dawgs-092212

Instant analysis: UGA 48, Vanderbilt 3

September, 22, 2012

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.

Halftime analysis: UGA 27, Vandy 3

September, 22, 2012
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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