ATHENS — Georgia football pressed the accelerator down on Vanderbilt Saturday night, speeding away for a 41-13 victory.
The Commodores scored first on a field goal, but 15 seconds later Terry Godwin was crossing the goal line, reeling in a 75-yard touchdown pass from Jake Fromm in the first quarter.
The Fromm bomb was Georgia’s longest play of the season, and the Bulldogs were off and running on all cylinders.
• Fromm was 17-of-23 passing for 276 yards with three touchdown passes and no interceptions for his best performance of the season. Fromm was considerably more aggressive with his calls at the line of scrimmage and downfield throws.
• Georgia defensive end Tyler Clark had a third-and-1 stop at the Bulldogs’ 5-yard line in the first quarter, forcing Vanderbilt to settle for a field goal.
• Georgia freshman nose tackle Jordan Davis had a fourth-and-1 stop at the Georgia 14, turning away Vanderbilt and swinging the momentum for the remainder of the game.
• Tailback Elijah Holyfield continues to impress, breaking off a 24-yard touchdown run en route to 64 yards on six carries.
• Rodrigo Blankenship hit his longest field goal of the season, a 53-yarder, in addition to putting all of his kickoffs into the end zone and setting a new school record with his 120th consecutive conversion on extra point attempts. Blair Walsh (119) was the previous record holder.
• The importance of the Georgia-Florida game in Jacksonville on Oct. 27 is growing after the No. 22-ranked Gators knocked off No. 5 LSU, 27-19.
• Tailback James Cook had seven carries for 56 yards. Cook had a 78-yard touchdown run reduced to a 22 yard gain, with officials ruling after a replay that he stepped out of bounds.
• Justin Fields’ first snap resulted in a touchdown, his handoff to Elijah Holyfield going for a 24-yard score around right end after Fields faked a run to the left. Fields narrowly missed connecting on a long pass attempt to Jeremiah Holloman. Fields finished 3-of-6 passing for 53 yards and rushed four times for 18 yards.
• Junior receiver Riley Ridley had five catches for 57 yards and a juggling touchdown catch, but he committed his second motion penalty in as many games, an inexcusable mistake for a veteran.
• The Georgia-LSU game next week is just as important as before the Tigers’ loss. The Bulldogs’ can ill-afford a defeat, as Florida has just one loss and the SEC East Division race remains tight.
• Georgia’s offensive line health took a hit when starting left guard Solomon Kindley was carted off the field at the 3:58 mark of the first quarter with a right knee injury. Center Lamont Guillard left the game at the same juncture, putting ice on his hand and going to the locker room before returning midway through the second quarter.