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UGA Continues Sleepwalking: News and Notes

ATHENS - News and notes from UGA's 17-16 loss to Vanderbilt.

*Series History/Homecoming: Vanderbilt posted a 17-16 win today to snap Georgia’s streak of Homecoming victories at nine. The Commodores were the last team to beat Georgia on Homecoming, doing it in 2006 by a 24-22 score. Since 1922, Georgia is now 75-18-2 in Homecoming contests. The overall series lead for the Bulldogs is now 55-20-2.

*Long Ball: Sophomore PK Rodrigo Blankenship connected on a career-long 45-yard field goal to make the score 7-3 at the 4:15 mark in the first quarter. This is the longest field goal for the Bulldogs since Marshall Morgan hit a 47-yarder versus Southern in 2015.  Blankenship later drilled a 22-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 7-6 and then extended Georgia’s lead to 16-10 with a 36 yarder in the fourth quarter.  He is 4-for-5 in his career.  Blankenship’s 10 points was the most for a Bulldog kicker since Morgan scored 12 in the Southern game. Georgia was 3-for-7 in field goals on the year coming into the game.

*Through The Air: Freshman QB Jacob Eason finished 27-for-40 for a career-high 346 yards and a touchdown. The Bulldogs were held to 75 yards rushing on 35 attempts. Freshman TE Isaac Nauta was the leading receiver with 74 yards on five catches. He also scored the second receiving touchdown of his career on a 17-yard ball from Eason in the third quarter.  Freshman Riley Ridley had a career-high five catches for 67 yards. Junior receiver Javon Wims finished with three catches for 32 yards (both career highs). Wims came into the game with two catches for 18 yards.  Georgia’s leading rusher was junior Nick Chubb who tallied 40 yards on 16 carries.

*A Look At The Defense: The Bulldog defense held Vanderbilt to 64 yards (19 rushing, 45 passing) on 26 plays in the first half and 171 total yards on 50 plays in the game.  In the first half, the Commodores scored their first touchdown and only field goal on drives that started at the UGA 2 and 27 yard line. Vanderbilt started the game with a 95-yard kickoff return and scored two plays later at the 14:38 mark.  The Commodores’ second scoring drive started at the UGA 27 at the start of the second half and finished with a 38-yard field goal.  However, Vanderbilt recorded an eight-play, 75-yard drive in the fourth quarter to take a 17-16 lead. 

Individually, junior OLB Davin Bellamy tied his career high with eight stops today. Sophomore DE Jonathan Ledbetter posted a career-high four tackles. This marked Ledbetter’s first action of the year.  Junior OLB Lorenzo Carter added his third and fourth sacks of the season.  Prior to last week’s win over South Carolina, Georgia had six sacks on the year.  Then the Bulldogs tallied five against the Gamecocks and had three today including a pair by Carter.

*For Starters: Junior TE Aulden Bynum started his second consecutive game and his third overall.  Senior OLB Chuks Amaechi started his first game in 2016 and the second in his career.  Also of note, freshman DL David Marshall returned to the starting lineup for his second career start.

*Homecoming: Senior Ashitha Rajeurs, a senior from Roswell majoring in Biology and Psychology, and senior Jake Carnes, a Marietta native who is a double major in Public Relations and International Affairs, were crowned the 2016 Homecoming queen and king.        

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