ATHENS — Georgia’s offense found its groove in a 41-13 win over Vanderbilt on Saturday at Sanford Stadium, Jake Fromm finishing 17-of-23 passing for 276 yards and three touchdowns.
The No. 2-ranked Bulldogs were leading 14-6 with 2:18 remaining in the first half against the Commodores, but from there on out, it was all Georgia.
The Bulldogs (6-0, 4-0 SEC) scored 24 unanswered points to blow open the game, recording a 6-0 start in consecutive seasons for the first time in school history.
Georgia rushed for 163 yards in the second half, more than double the 56 the Bulldogs managed in the first half against Vanderbilt (3-3, 0-2).
The Commodores were just 3-of-12 on third downs as quarterback Kyle Shurmur was held without a touchdown pass.
Georgia heads to LSU next Saturday for a 3:30 p.m. (CBS) showdown in Tiger Stadium.
Here are the stats, big plays and scoring updates from the game.
Georgia football vs. Vanderbilt
– Georgia 41, Vanderbilt 13 (0:02): Josh Crawford 2-yard rushing touchdown (Ryley Guay kick) Drive: 7 plays, 53 yards, 3:26
– Georgia 41, Vanderbilt 6 (9:22): Rodrigo Blankenship 28-yard field goal. Drive: 11 plays, 67 yards, 5:38
– On the first play of the fourth quarter, Georgia running back James Cook had a 78-yard touchdown run overturned after a review determined he stepped out of bounds at the Georgia 44-yard line.
– Georgia 38, Vanderbilt 6 (1:04): Brian Herrien rushes for 11 yards to Vanderbilt 1, fumbles, and recovers fumble in end zone (Rodrigo Blankenship kick). Drive: 3 plays, 56 yards, 1:30
– With 3:37 remaining in the third quarter, Georgia defensive back J.R. Reed was called for targeting. However, the call was overturned on review. Therefore Reed was not ejected, and he won’t miss the first half against LSU next week.
– Georgia 31, Vanderbilt 6 (3:41): Rodrigo Blankenship 53-yard field goal. Drive: 14 plays, 58 yards, 5:16
– Georgia 28, Vanderbilt 6 (11:45): D’Andre Swift 35-yard touchdown pass from Jake Fromm (Rodrigo Blankenship kick). Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards, 3:15
Note: Blankenship’s extra point gives him 120 straight made kicks on extra points, which sets a school record. He was previously tied with Blair Walsh at 119.
– Georgia 21, Vanderbilt 6 (1:14): Riley Ridley 10-yard touchdown pass from Jake Fromm (Rodrigo Blankenship kick). Drive: 6 plays, 75 yards, 1:04.
– Georgia 14, Vanderbilt 6 (2:18): Ryley Guay 42-yard field goal. Drive: 11 plays, 51 yards, 5:31.
Key play: Kyle Shurmur pass complete to C.J. Bolar for 15 yards to the Georgia 30-yard line on third-and-10.
– Georgia 14, Vanderbilt 3 (7:49): Elijah Holyfield 24-yard run (Rodrigo Blankenship kick) Drive: 8 plays, 86 yards, 2:46.
– 10:35 mark: Lamont Gaillard returns at center, Trey Hill moves from center to left guard, replaces Kendall Baker.
– 10:35 mark: Georgia defense stops Vanderbilt on fourth-and-1 at Bulldogs’ 14-yard line.
– Georgia offensive line, down three starters, now lines up with sophomore Andrew Thomas at left tackle, senior Kendall Baker at left guard, freshman Trey Hill at center, freshman Cade Mays at right guard and redshirt freshman Isaiah Wilson at right tackle.
– At the 3:58 mark in the first quarter, starting left guard Solomon Kindley carted off with a right knee injury. Starting center Lamont Gaillard leaves field on same play, spotted with ice on his hand, went to locker room during timeout at end of first quarter.
– Georgia 7, Vanderbilt 3 (10:15): Terry Godwin 75-yard pass from Jake Fromm, (Rodrigo Blankenship kick). Drive: 1 play, 75 yards, 15 seconds.
Note: It’s only the ninth pass Georgia has thrown of more than 20 yards this season, and the fifth completion of such.
– Vanderbilt 3, Georgia 0 (10:30): Ryley Guay 25-yard field goal. Drive: 5 plays, 50 yards, 2:41, Big play: Ke’Shawn Vaughn 43-yard run.
Georgia football vs. Vanderbilt: Pre-Game
– Tyler Simmons is playing for Georgia wearing a shoulder brace, and he was called for a hold on the Bulldogs’ opening punt return.
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– Defensive lineman Devonte Wyatt spotted on crutches, added to injury report
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