NASHVILLE, Tenn. — – 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 sport 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 cross to arrange a second TD lower than 30 seconds later.
“We talked about beginning quick and enjoying to our commonplace, and I assumed they did that,” Georgia coach Kirby Sensible mentioned.
Bulldogs’ followers turned this into their dwelling away from Sanford Stadium with Georgia crimson even in seats behind the Vanderbilt bench. They received to observe the Bulldogs publish 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 regardless of how deep Sensible substituted.
“We are saying no one in our finish zone,” Georgia linebacker Nolan Smith mentioned. “That is the usual, that follows for everyone.”
Vanderbilt (1-3, 0-1) misplaced its fourth straight to Georgia and its 14th straight SEC sport, a skid that might be longer if COVID points hadn’t forced Vandy to cancel its visit on Georgia’s Senior Day final season. A program that received 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 mentioned. “And look. It would not matter who you play towards. You are setting your self up for disappointment. For me, this is not about them. It is 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 cross 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 ultimate scoring drive of the primary quarter, and Ladd McConkey ran 24 yards for the TD.
Sensible 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 subject aim simply earlier than halftime for a 38-0 lead.
“It was a state of affairs we felt like we might get Stetson some reps, and issues stored rolling,” Sensible mentioned of the early substitution at quarterback.
Georgia: Sensible was capable of smother Vanderbilt virtually actually. Bennett completed with 151 yards and a TD because the backup quarterback. 9 totally different Bulldogs had at the very least one rush, whereas 9 totally different Bulldogs caught at the very least one cross. … Bowers grew to become the primary Bulldogs’ participant to run for a TD and catch a TD pass in the identical sport since Todd Gurley did it towards Florida in 2013. He later caught a 29-yard cross from Bennett within the third quarter for his third TD of the sport.
Vanderbilt: The Commodores did have some moments in a sport 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 achieve on fourth-and-1 on the Vandy 3. Ethan Barr received the interception off a breakup by Jaylen Mahoney.
Georgia did nothing to harm its spot within the Top 25, although the Bulldogs’ scout staff might need supplied a greater scrimmage.
Georgia hosts Arkansas in one other early kickoff subsequent Saturday.
Vanderbilt hosts UConn subsequent Saturday in its final non-conference sport of the season.