NCAAF Game Recap - Georgia at Vanderbilt
Sat Aug 31, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

GATec
14
Clem
52
F
Duke
3
Ala
42
F
UGA
30
Vand
6
F
Hou
31
Okla
49
F
FlAtl
21
OHSt
45
F
GaSo
3
LSU
55
F
MidTN
21
Mich
40
F
ND
35
Lou
17
F
LaTec
14
Tex
45
F
Oreg
21
Aub
27
F
TxSt
7
TxAM
41
F
EWa
14
Wash
47
F
Utah
30
BYU
12
F
Idaho
7
PSU
79
F
FlaAM
0
UCF
62
F
Tuls
7
MSU
28
F
Wisc
49
SoFL
0
F
MiaOH
14
Iowa
38
F
NoIa
26
IASt
29
F(2OT)
Syr
24
Lib
0
F
NMSt
7
WaSt
58
F
SoAl
21
Neb
35
F
NW
7
Stan
17
F
Alb
21
C Mi
38
F
UCLA
14
Cin
24
F
RMor
10
Buff
38
F
Wagn
21
UConn
24
F
Mor
3
BGSU
46
F
C Ark
35
W Ky
28
F
GWebb
28
Char
49
F
AlaSt
19
UAB
24
F
FLInt
14
Tul
42
F
SDSU
21
Minn
28
F
NoCol
18
SJSU
35
F
Kent
7
AzSt
30
F
Rice
7
Army
14
F
UMass
21
Rut
48
F
UtSt
35
Wake
38
F
Purd
31
Nev
34
F
ColSt
31
Colo
52
F
OkSt
52
OreSt
36
F
Miss
10
Mem
15
F
MisSt
38
ULLaf
28
F
InSt
17
Kans
24
F
Akr
3
Ill
42
F
ECU
6
NCSt
34
F
How
0
MD
79
F
Toled
24
KY
38
F
Ind
34
Ball
24
F
Boise
36
FlaSt
31
F
JMU
13
WVU
20
F
URI
20
Ohio
41
F
Buck
12
Temp
56
F
HolyC
7
Navy
45
F
Colg
7
AF
48
F
GASt
38
Tenn
30
F
SCar
20
UNC
24
F
E Mi
30
CoCar
23
F
ETenn
7
App
42
F
MonSt
10
TxTch
45
F
PorSt
13
Ark
20
F
VaTec
28
BC
35
F
SamHu
31
NM
39
F
(N/A)
7
UTSA
35
F
Camp
14
Troy
43
F
UCDav
13
Cal
27
F
VMI
17
Marsh
56
F
IllSt
10
NIU
24
F
Monm
13
WestMI
48
F
AlcSt
10
SMiss
38
F
Nich
14
K St
49
F
SFA
17
Bayl
56
F
SMU
37
ArkSt
30
F
Norf
21
OD
24
F
Mizzu
31
Wyo
37
F
Abil
31
NorTx
51
F
UVA
30
Pitt
14
F
Gram
9
ULMon
31
F
HBU
34
UTEP
36
F
ArkPB
7
TCU
39
F
Web
0
SDSU
6
F
SoUt
23
UNLV
56
F
Fres
23
USC
31
F

Aug 31, 2019, 7:30 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

(3) Georgia (1-0)

14

7

3

6

30

Vanderbilt (0-1)

0

6

0

0

6

No. 3 Georgia routs Vanderbilt 30-6 in rare SEC road opener
Sun Sep 1, 2019 12:32 AM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Coach Kirby Smart thinks his third-ranked Georgia Bulldogs showed him a glimpse of just how good they might be this season in a rare season opener inside the Southeastern Conference on the road.

And Smart also sees plenty of room for improvement.

Jake Fromm threw for 156 yards and a touchdown, and third-ranked Georgia routed Vanderbilt 30-6 Saturday night.

The Bulldogs won their 20th opener in 23 seasons and stayed perfect to kick off coach Kirby Smart's fourth season. They also easily won their 14th straight against the SEC's Eastern Division in their first league game to open a season since 1995.

It sure didn't feel like a road trip with fans taking advantage of a holiday weekend to paint the stadium Georgia red. The Bulldogs rewarded them by scoring a touchdown on their first three possessions, giving the fans plenty to start celebrating early.

"I think it's pretty obvious, it seemed like they took over a majority of that stadium," Smart said. "It sure felt like a home game with the people there, the fourth-quarter lights. Pretty special. I think they travel well, and I think Nashville's a great place to go and our fans all came to be a part of it."

D'Andre Swift ran 16 times for 149 yards, and Brian Herrien added 65 and a TD run as the Bulldogs rolled up 326 yards rushing. Georgia finished with a 481-225 edge in total offense, and the Bulldogs also had two sacks and recovered a fumble.

"We have a chance to be explosive offensively, and we're going to try to be aggressive defensively," Smart said. "The backs I kind of knew about. The wide-outs got some chances to make some plays, a couple balls."

Vanderbilt debuted a new starting quarterback in Riley Neal, a graduate transfer from Ball State, along with new offensive coordinator Gerry Gdowski. The Commodores also had Ke'Shawn Vaughn, the SEC's top returning rusher who ran for 1,244 yards last season, and the league's top returning receiver in Kalija Lipscomb.

But the Commodores were without three starters, including two on the offensive line with both left tackle Devin Cochran and left guard Saige Young out with injuries. That left Neal with little time to throw against a Georgia defense that returned seven starters on a unit that was 15th nationally giving up just 19.2 points a game last season.

Neal finished 15 of 25 for 85 yards before being replaced by Deuce Wallace for the final possession. Vaughn was held to 74 yards on 15 carries.

"We were never able to really get the pass game started and going," Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason said. "Don't know what that is. We'll get back and look at it and figure out where we need to go. I thought at times we ran the ball effectively. We've got to have more balance to what we do."

Vanderbilt managed only a pair of field goals by Ryley Guay of 26 and 46 yards.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Beating a league opponent, on the road no loss, to open the season should be more than enough to keep Georgia at No. 3.

THE TAKEAWAY

Georgia: The Bulldogs came into this season needing to replace their top six pass catchers from 2018 with four of those going to the NFL. Fromm showed he had no issues finding someone else to throw to, going 7 of 8 for 97 yards to open the game. Fromm completed passes to eight different receivers. But they struggled to pad their lead in the second half, settling for a trio of field goals by Rodrigo Blankenship. Kearis Jackson also fumbled at the Vandy 5 in the fourth quarter after a 32-yard reception.

"First game sometimes you get a little bit of focus, not playing as clean as you wanted to," Fromm said.

Vanderbilt: The Commodores now have lost three straight to Georgia since pulling off a 17-16 win in Athens in 2016. They also gave up more yards rushing than in any game last season.

TOO MANY PENALTIES

Smart wasn't happy with the Bulldogs being flagged 10 times for 117 yards, penalties that included a late hit and a grabbed face mask that kept Vanderbilt drives alive. "We basically gave them 45 yards and two field goals on undisciplined penalties," Smart said.

NO DAWG WALK

Georgia fans expecting the Bulldogs to make the regular Dawg Walk into a stadium before the game missed out when the team wound up taking a much shorter route to their locker room. Smart said it was unplanned, but the Bulldogs lost their lead trooper to an altercation on the sidewalk. The replacement took a different route.

"Ironically, it was closer to the place we come in," Smart said. "We typically have to walk across the field."

UP NEXT

Georgia: Hosts Murray State on Saturday.

Vanderbilt: Visits Purdue on Saturday.

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Passing

UGA Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Fromm 23 15 65.2 1 156 38 0 99.2
Vand Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
C. Johnson 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 39.6
R. Neal 25 14 56.0 0 85 12 0 62.9

Rushing

UGA Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
D. Swift 16 147 9.2 36 0
B. Herrien 12 65 5.4 18 1
Vand Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
K. Vaughn 15 74 4.9 16 0
J. Shelton-Mosley 1 23 23.0 23 0

Receiving

UGA Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
L. Cager 2 41 20.5 38 0
K. Jackson 2 31 15.5 32 0
Vand Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
K. Vaughn 3 24 8.0 12 0
C. Pierce 1 16 16.0 16 0

Fumbles

Vand F FL
R. Neal 1 1

Returning

UGA KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
T. Simmons 0 - 0 0 3 18.3 0 27
J. Cook 2 20.5 0 22 0 - 0 0
Vand KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Wakefield 2 17.5 0 18 0 - 0 0

Punting

UGA Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Camarda 2 108 54.0 65
Vand Punt Yds Avg LgPu
H. Smith 7 330 47.1 54

Takeaways

Team Stats Comparison

UGA Vand
Points For 30 6
Total Yards 479 225
Rushing Yards 323 116
Passing Yards 156 109
Passing Completions / Attempts 15/23 16/32
Turnovers 1 1
Interceptions Thrown 0 0
Fumbles - Lost 2/1 1/1
First Downs 25 17
Penalties - Yards 10/115 10/63
Time Of Possession 1:01 59:59
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 1/7 3/14
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/1 1/2
Punts - Average Yards 2/54 7/47

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter UGA Vand
UGA 3:59 TD Demetris Robertson 3 yd pass from Jake Fromm (Rodrigo Blankenship kick) 7 0
UGA 14:04 TD James Cook 18 yd run (Rodrigo Blankenship kick) 14 0
2nd Quarter UGA Vand
UGA 6:59 TD Brian Herrien 1 yd run (Rodrigo Blankenship kick) 21 0
Vand 12:35 FG Ryley Guay 26 yd FG 21 3
Vand 14:56 FG Ryley Guay 46 yd FG 21 6
3rd Quarter UGA Vand
UGA 7:12 FG Rodrigo Blankenship 50 yd FG 24 6
4th Quarter UGA Vand
UGA 7:40 FG Rodrigo Blankenship 37 yd FG 27 6
UGA 12:47 FG Rodrigo Blankenship 31 yd FG 30 6

Game Information

Stadium: Vanderbilt Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee
Attendance: 40,350
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