JT Daniels threw for 121 yards and two touchdowns enjoying solely the primary quarter as No. 2 Georgia dominated Vanderbilt 62-0 Saturday within the Bulldogs’ largest win in a collection that began in 1893.
This recreation was successfully over when Georgia (4-0, 2-0 Southeastern Convention) led 35-0 after the primary quarter. The Bulldogs began three of 4 drives in Vandy territory. They recovered a fumble on a kickoff to arrange one TD, then Christopher Smith intercepted a go to arrange a second TD lower than 30 seconds later.
“We talked about beginning quick and enjoying to our customary, and I believed they did that,” Georgia coach Kirby Good stated.
Bulldogs’ followers turned this into their house away from Sanford Stadium with Georgia pink even in seats behind the Vanderbilt bench. They bought to observe the Bulldogs submit their first shutout this season, forcing Vandy three-and-out 9 occasions.
Georgia practically had extra factors than Vandy managed yards, outgaining the Commodores 524-77 irrespective of how deep Good substituted.
“We are saying no one in our finish zone,” Georgia linebacker Nolan Smith stated. “That’s the usual, that follows for everyone.”
Vanderbilt (1-3, 0-1) misplaced its fourth straight to Georgia and its 14th straight SEC recreation, a skid that may very well be longer if COVID points hadn’t forced Vandy to cancel its visit on Georgia’s Senior Day final season. A program that gained in Athens in 2016 confirmed how a lot rebuilding first-year coach Clark Lea faces.
“We got here out flat, we turned the ball over, we made errors particularly within the particular groups space,” Lea stated. “And look. It doesn’t matter who you play towards. You are setting your self up for disappointment. For me, this is not about them. It’s about us. It is about how we carry out.”
Tight finish Brock Bowers began the scoring with a 12-yard run on an finish round with 11:21 left within the opening quarter. Daniels threw a go to Bowers, who completed off a 25-yard TD. Zamir White scored two performs after James Ziglor fumbled the kickoff, and Daniels hit Ladd McConkey for a 12-yard TD after the interception.
Georgia truly needed to drive 71 yards on its closing scoring drive of the primary quarter, and Ladd McConkey ran 24 yards for the TD.
Good pulled Daniels, who’s now 7-0 as a starter, after the primary quarter. Stetson Bennett lastly drove the Bulldogs to factors on his third drive with Jack Podlesny kicking a 31-yard discipline aim simply earlier than halftime for a 38-0 lead.
“It was a scenario we felt like we might get Stetson some reps, and issues stored rolling,” Good stated of the early substitution at quarterback.
Georgia: Good was in a position to smother Vanderbilt nearly actually. Bennett completed with 151 yards and a TD because the backup quarterback. 9 totally different Bulldogs had no less than one rush, whereas 9 totally different Bulldogs caught no less than one go. … Bowers grew to become the primary Bulldogs’ participant to run for a TD and catch a TD pass in the identical recreation since Todd Gurley did it towards Florida in 2013. He later caught a 29-yard go from Bennett within the third quarter for his third TD of the sport.
Vanderbilt: The Commodores did have some moments in a recreation the place they did not get their first first down till 2:23 remained within the first quarter. The protection turned Georgia over on downs late within the first half, stopping James Cook for no gain on fourth-and-1 on the Vandy 3. Ethan Barr bought the interception off a breakup by Jaylen Mahoney.
Georgia did nothing to harm its spot within the Top 25, although the Bulldogs’ scout staff may need provided a greater scrimmage.
Georgia hosts Arkansas in one other early kickoff subsequent Saturday.
Vanderbilt hosts UConn subsequent Saturday in its final non-conference recreation of the season.