Georgia football game recap: Bulldogs open with 30-6 win at Vanderbilt

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Georgia football coach Kirby Smart led the Bulldogs to a season-opening win at Vanderbilt on Saturday.

NASHVILLE — Georgia football drummed Vanderbilt in the Music City on Saturday night, 30-6

The No. 3-ranked Bulldogs scored touchdowns on their first three drives en route to their 14th straight win against SEC East Division opponents dating back to 2016.

A sellout crowd of 40,350 was on hand, approximately 75 percent wearing Georgia red, as Coach Kirby Smart began his fourth season at the helm.

Heisman Trophy candidate D’Andre Swift led the way for the Bulldogs with 16 carries for 149 yards.

Quarterback Jake Fromm, in his first outing under new UGA offensive coordinator James Coley, was 15-of-23 passing for 156 yards with a touchdown.

The Bulldogs out-gained the Commodores 481-225 yards, but they left Nashville with plenty of things to work on.

The defense had three personal foul penalties, and there were three holding calls on the offensive line.

Two Georgia players made their first career starts: redshirt freshman WR Kearis Jackson and redshirt freshman OLB Azeez Ojulari.

Two notable backups who did not travel with the team were outside linebacker Robert Beal and offensive lineman Jamaree Salyer.

Salyer has been out of practice with a lower body injury for more than a week. Beal was expected to serve a one-game suspension after his April 2 arrest on misdemeanor marijuana possession charges.

GEORGIA SCORING RECAP

FOURTH QUARTER

Georgia 30, Vanderbilt 6, 2:13: Rodrigo Blankenship 31-yard field goal. Drive: 8 plays, 31 yards, 3:23.

Georgia 27, Vanderbilt 6, 7:20: Rodrigo Blankenship 37-yard field goal. Drive: 5 plays, 20 yards, 2:21.

THIRD QUARTER

Isaiah Wilson limped off the field with about a minute left in the third quarter. Cade Mays came in at right tackle, Ben Cleveland at right guard.

Georgia 24, Vanderbilt 6, 7:48: Rodrigo Blankenship 50-yard field goal. Drive: 8 plays, 56 yards, 5:23. Key play: D’Andre Swift 37-yard run on second-and-12 from UGA 10.

Note: Zamir “Zeus” White was greeted with cheers of  “ZOOOOS” from UGA fans when he entered the game for the first time with 11:05 left in the third quarter. White carried out a play fake on his first play and carried for 3 yards on the next before being taken out.

HALFTIME STATS

STATS OF NOTE

Vanderbilt QB Riley Neal 11-of-13 passing for 63 yards, one sack

Georgia RB D’Andre Swift 8 carries, 74 yards, 9.2 yards per carry

SECOND QUARTER

Georgia 21, Vanderbilt 6, :04: Ryley Guay 46-yard field goal. Drive: 7 plays, 52 yards, 1:02. Key play: Ke’Shawn Vaughn 12-yard catch to Vandy 48, plus 15-yard face mask penalty on Richard LeCounte to Georgia 37.

Georgia 21, Vanderbilt 3, 2:25: Ryley Guay 26-yard field goal. Drive: 12 plays, 73 yards, 5:36. Key play: Riley Neal 6-yard run on third-and-2 at Georgia 17.

Note: Georgia committed two 15-yard penalties on the drive, a face mask (Justin Young) and late hit (Divaad Wilson)

Georgia 21, Vanderbilt 0, 8:01: Brian Herrien 1-yard run (Rodrigo Blankenship kick). Drive: 7 plays, 80 yards, 4:03. Key play: D’Andre Swift 16-yard run to Vanderbilt 5-yard line.

Note: Eli Wolf lined up at fullback and was the lead blocker on the Herrien off-tackle TD run.

Note: Lawrence Cager’s first career catch with UGA was a 38-yard gain to the Vanderbilt 21-yard line.

FIRST QUARTER

Georgia 14, Vanderbilt 0, 0:56: James Cook 18-yard run (Rodrigo Blankenship kick). Drive: 10 plays, 89 yards, 5:34, Key play: Demetris Robertson 17-yard catch from Jake Fromm on first-and-25 from UGA 25.

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