RECAP: Georgia 62, Vanderbilt 0, Bulldogs rock Commodores in Music City

Georgia tight end Brock Bowers (19) during the Bulldogs’ game with Vanderbilt in Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville, Tenn., on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. (Photo by Tony Walsh)
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Georgia recorded the biggest road shutout in the SEC in some 27 years on Saturday, racing out to a 35-0 first-quarter lead over Vanderbilt.

The No. 2-ranked Bulldogs (4-0) scored the 62-0 victory before a mostly red-clad crowd in Nashville against the Commodores (1-3).

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Georgia piled up 524 yards while allowing only 77 in its most complete game of the year.

Coach Kirby Smart improved to 5-3 in noon SEC games after challenging his team to have the mental edge and start fast.

It was the second-largest margin of victory in a Bulldogs’ SEC game, with only the 75-0 win over Florida in 1942 bigger.

Quarterback JT Daniels got the start and was 9-of-10 passing for 121 yards and 2 touchdowns, his only incompletion coming on a dropped pass.

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Smart indicated Daniels’ health was fine, and he entered Stetson Bennett into the second quarter and Carson Beck in the third merely to give others an opportunity to play.

Georgia also emptied the bench on defense, with 24 different players recording tackles.

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FOURTH QUARTER

Georgia 62, Vanderbilt 0, 13:06; Daijun Edwards 15-yard run (Podlesny kick). Drive: 7 plays, 47 yards, 3:47.

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THIRD QUARTER

Georgia 55, Vanderbilt 0, 4:17; Jack Podlesny 36-yard field goal. Drive: 6 plays, 16 yards, 2:05.

Georgia 52, Vanderbilt 0, 8:11; Kenny McIntosh 4-yard run (Podlesny kick). Drive: 5 plays, 61 yards, 2:05.

Georgia 45, Vanderbilt 0, 10:57; Brock Bowers 29-yard catch from Stetson Bennett (Podlesny kick). Drive: 7 plays, 72 yards, 3:59.

Injury Update: Georgia running back Kendall Milton is not in action in Nashville. Milton was reported as “banged up” prior to the Bulldogs’ contest Saturday.

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SECOND QUARTER

Georgia 38, Vanderbilt 0, 0:15: Jack Podlesny 31-yard field goal. Drive: 6 plays, 36 yards, 0:44.

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FIRST QUARTER

Georgia 35, Vanderbilt 0, 3:08: Ladd McConkey 24-yard run (Podlesny kick). Drive: 5 plays, 71 yards, 2:15.

Georgia 28, Vanderbilt 0, 6:42: Ladd McConkey 12-yard reception from JT Daniels (Podlesny kick). Drive: Two plays, 21 yards, 0:17.

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