Georgia Bulldogs run wild in 44-17 win over Vanderbilt


The Vanderbilt Commodores traveled to Athens on Saturday to play the 12th-ranked Georgia Bulldogs between the hedges. The Commodores, who entered with a 1-4 mark overall and a 0-3 record in SEC play, hoped to pull off the big upset, but a three-and-out on their first series was a microcosm of the Vanderbilt offensive woes this season. Georgia put up 21 points in the first quarter and never looked back.

Todd Gurley took another step towards New York and ran for 163 yards on 25 carries while finding the end zone twice. Mike Bobo also called Gurley’s name on a trick play, and the Heisman candidate ended up throwing for 50 yards. Those 50 yards ended up being a quarter of the Dawgs’ passing attack, as Hutson Mason only threw for 121 yards on 17 attempts. The game was never in doubt and the defense made enough big plays, including a pick 6 by Bowman, so Mason wasn’t needed to be a superstar.

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The Commodores had mild success on the ground, with Ralph Webb leading the way rushing for 77 yards on 17 carries. and he scored Vandy’s first TD on a 1-yd run to make it 21-7. That’s as close as Vandy would get, as they entered the locker room down 27-7 at half. Georgia pulled away in the 2nd half and simply out-classed Vanderbilt in the 3rd and 4th quarter to win by a 27-point margin at 44-17.

The Georgia Bulldogs now have a week to prepare before they travel to Columbia to take on the 24th-ranked Missouri Tigers. Missouri will be coming off a bye-week and a previous week win over South Carolina. Georgia struggled against South Carolina on the road and will have their hands full with Missouri QB Maty Mauk. The Dawgs will need to sure up their secondary if they want to pick up their first road win of the season. Vanderbilt will host Charleston Southern before continuing their conference against Florida on November 8th.

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