Sept. 22, 2012
Georgia Postgame Notes: #5 Georgia vs. Vanderbilt (Sept. 22, 2012)
Margin of Victory: With a 48-3 victory, Georgia's 45-point win tonight matched the largest margin in the series history (45-0 in 1976 here) and tied the biggest in an SEC game under Coach Richt. The Bulldogs beat Kentucky 62-17 in 2004. Overall, Georgia leads the series with VU 53-18-2. Georgia improves to 4-0 for the first time since 2008 and the sixth time under Richt.
Freshmen Sensation: True freshman TB Todd Gurley went over 100 yards for the third time in his career after finishing with a career-high 130 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries (8.1 avg.). He now has six scoring runs on the year. Gurley came in tied for second in the SEC in scoring (TDs) with a 10.0 avg.
Fellow true freshman TB Keith Marshall also bolted for a 52-yard scoring run late in the first quarter and finished with 10 carries for 82 yards and a pair of scores. Marshall's second career TD was the longest run since Gurley had a 55-yard TD in the opener versus Buffalo.
40+ In Four Straight: Georgia has now scored 40+ points in four consecutive games for the first time in school history. The Bulldogs came into the game averaging 47.3 points a game, which was second in the SEC behind LSU (48.3) who edged Auburn tonight 12-10. After piling up a school record 713 total yards on offense versus Florida Atlantic last week, the Bulldogs finished with 567 yards tonight. Also of note, the Bulldogs final scoring drive of the first half was a 12-play, season-long 96-yards.
Stingy Defense: The Bulldogs held Vanderbilt to three points and just 136 yards on 29 plays in the opening half and blanked the Commodores in the second half. In Georgia's previous three games, opponents scored 16, 10 and 14 points (Buffalo, Missouri and Florida Atlantic) in the first two quarters. The Commodores finished with just 3 points and 337 yards. Georgia shut out FAU in the 2nd half last week too.
Murray Hitting Targets: Junior QB Aaron Murray connected on his first 12 passes, which is No. 3 on Georgia's all-time list behind 15 (Quincy Carter vs. LSU, 1998; Eric Zeier vs. Georgia Tech, 1993). He finished 18-for-24 with 250 yards and two touchdowns in only three quarters of play after Georgia built a 48-3 lead.
Murray hit senior FLK Tavarres King for a 22-yard score early in the third period. He then sent a 6-yard strike to senior SE Marlon Brown to put UGA up 34-3 in the third quarter. The scoring strikes put Murray into sole possession of the No. 2 spot in school history with 69 career touchdowns (David Greene, 72, 2001-04). Brown finished with the third 100-yard game of his career and the second this year after snagging five catches for 114 yards. King has a team-leading three TD catches this season and 15th in his career. He had four catches for 58 yards.
Leading Tackles: Sophomore ILB Amarlo Herrera had a team-high eight tackles while junior OLB Jarvis Jones was next with seven tackles, 1 sack and 3 TFL.
Injuries: Senior DE Abry Jones (left ankle) went down in the third quarter and did not return.
Bulldog Game Captains: Junior QB Aaron Murray, sophomore SS Corey Moore, junior RG Chris Burnette and senior DE Abry Jones served as Georgia's captains.
Next Week: Georgia (4-0, 2-0 SEC) plays host to Tennessee at 3:30 p.m. (CBS).