(Saturday, October 15th)
Final Score: Georgia 33, Vanderbilt 28
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Aaron Murray threw for 326 yards and three touchdowns as the Georgia Bulldogs held on to defeat the Vanderbilt Commodores, 33-28, in SEC action at Vanderbilt Stadium.
Murray converted 22-of-38 passes, was sacked once and had a pass picked off as the Bulldogs (5-2, 4-1 SEC) won their fourth straight outing after opening the 2011 campaign with back-to-back defeats at the hands of Boise State and South Carolina. Marlon Brown responded by turning his four catches into 121 yards and a pair of TDs for the visitors.
The Commodores (3-3, 1-3), losers of three in a row after opening the season with a three-game win streak, were led by Zac Stacy who ran for a game-high 97 yards and a touchdown and also threw a TD pass for the hosts.
Georgia opened the meeting with consecutive scoring drives as kicker Blair Walsh knocked through a 53-yard field goal to begin the festivities at the 13:48 mark of the second quarter, following a scoreless opening frame. Less than three minutes later the offense was given a short field and the unit capitalized with a 20-yard TD pass from Murray to Tavarres King.
Vandy took the ensuing possession 75 yards in just six plays, needing barely three minutes on the clock, as Stacy connected with Jordan Matthews on a 43- yard TD pass play to cut the deficit to 10-7.
Before the half could end, the Bulldogs put some distance between themselves and Vanderbilt as Walsh connected on a 28-yard field goal and Murray hit Brown with a 27-yard TD strike to make the score 20-7 at the break.
In the third quarter the Bulldogs picked up where they left off as Walsh knocked through a 36-yard field goal to build the lead to 23-7.
On the ensuing kickoff Vandy responded with a 96-yard TD return which made the score 23-14.
The Commodores continued to fight hard on defense and again thwarted yet another drive by Georgia, forcing the visitors to opt for another field goal, this one from 44 yards away with 6:51 to play in the third quarter.
With the period winding down, the Commodores still showed signs of life and finished off a lengthy 13-play, 75-yard drive with a one-yard TD run by Jerron Seymour which made the score 26-21.
Moments into the fourth quarter the Bulldogs bolstered their lead with a 75- yard TD pass between Murray and Brown, but there was still nearly 14 minutes left in regulation.
On their next possession the Commodores again moved the ball down the field with relative ease, culminating with a 19-yard TD run by Stacy to draw Vandy to within five points at 33-28.
The Commodores had one last chance as Udom Umoh blocked a punt and the hosts recovered the ball at the 20-yard line with just seven seconds remaining. Vandy was flagged for a procedure infraction and sent back five more yards. Jordan Rogers threw one to the end zone that was deflected and fell incomplete, leaving just one second on the clock. On the final play Rogers was hit in the pocket and while his pass was completed, it failed to reach the end zone.
Rogers finished the night just 4-of-19 for 47 yards. The Commodores as a whole completed a mere 11-of-31 passes for only 149 yards and three interceptions.
While Walsh made good on four field goals for the Bulldogs, he also missed a pair of attempts, yet the Commodores never even attempted a field goal try on the night.
10/15 23:39:18 ET