T.J. Stripling and Damian Swann celebrae with Bacarri Rambo
Oct. 15, 2011
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray passed for a career high 326 yards, completing 22-of-38 passes, as the Bulldogs beat the Vanderbilt Commodores 33-28 in front of a crowd of 36,640 at Vanderbilt Stadium. With the win, Georgia improved to 5-2 on the year, including a 4-1 mark in the Southeastern Conference. Vanderbilt moves to 3-3 on the season and a 1-3 in league play.
"It was a dogfight tonight," head coach Mark Richt said. "Give Vanderbilt credit, that team came to play, took advantage of opportunities and almost won it. We had plenty of opportunities to put the game away, but couldn't quite get it done. We have along way to go but a win's a win and we are still in the hunt for the SEC East title."
Marlon Brown led the Bulldogs through the air, hauling in four passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns. Michael Bennett finished with seven catches for 89 yards. Richard Samuel finished with 53 yards on 15 carries. Bacarri Rambo tallied eight tackles and an interception to lead the defense, which forced four turnovers in the game.
Zac Stacy led the Commodores offensively, tallying 97 yards on the ground and 43 through the air with a pair of touchdowns. Jordan Rodgers finished with 127 yards on 4-of-19 passing and 11 carries.
The Bulldogs took a 3-0 lead early in the second quarter after Blair Walsh booted a 53-yard field goal. Georgia has scored first in each of its games this season.
With 11:36 left in the first half, Chris Conley blocked a Vanderbilt punt, giving the Bulldogs the ball on the Vanderbilt 20-yard line. One play later, Murray found King in the end zone for a touchdown that put Georgia up 10-0.
A fake punt by the Commodores set up a 43-yard touchdown pass from Stacy to Jordan Matthews that cut the Georgia lead to 10-7.
Walsh connected on his second field goal of the game, this time from 28 yards, to put Georgia up 13-7 with 3:26 left in the half.
With less than a minute to play in the first half, the Bulldogs went up 20-7 as Murray hooked up with Brown for a 27-yard touchdown reception.
Georgia stretched its lead to 23-7 courtesy of a 35-yard field goal by Walsh on the opening drive of the second half.
The Commodores answered with a 96-yard return by Andre Hal on the ensuing kickoff that made it a nine-point game at 23-14.
Walsh came through for the fourth time, extending Georgia's lead to 26-14 with a 44 field goal. With the kick, Walsh tied the all-time Georgia record in field goal attempts with six.
With under a minute to play in the third quarter, Vanderbilt made it five-point game at 26-21 with a one-yard touchdown run by Jerron Seymour.
At the start of the fourth quarter, Murray found Brown for a 75-yard touchdown pass. It was the sixth time the Bulldogs scored in as many possessions.
Stacy broke off a 19-yard touchdown run with 9:15 left in the half that made it a 33-28 game.
Vanderbilt had the ball with less than two minutes left in the game, but Rambo came away with his fifth interception of the season, allowing Georgia to run the clock. The Commodores had a chance late, but the Georgia defense shined and sealed the win.
Georgia will return to action on October 29 against the Florida Gators in Jacksonville, Fla.