10 18 2004 - Inside Slant: Georgia

Scout.com takes an inside slant look at the Dawgs.

About the only things Tennessee and Vanderbilt have in common are geographic proximity and conference affiliation, so beating Vandy is hardly a cure all after a loss to Tennessee, but at least Georgia didn't mess around.

One week after a 19-14 loss to UT, the Bulldogs bounced back with a 33-3 homecoming victory over Vanderbilt.

"We did a whole lot better job than last week," Georgia coach Mark Richt said. "We had a lot more consistent effort and we started out well, which is always a good sign. We kind of got a little stagnant at the end of the first half, but we came out strong in the second half. Overall, our production was outstanding."

The offense stumbled around against Tennessee but wasted no time against Vanderbilt, jumping out to a 16-0 lead, rushing for 273 yards and finishing with 527 total yards. Quarterback David Greene completed 14 of 21 passes for 191 yards and two third-quarter touchdowns.

"I don't know if it was because the game plan was simplified or what," Greene said. "We did a lot of high percentage throws to get everything going. We sustained the run early; we had two backs go over 100 yards. That helped everything."

The Bulldogs (5-1, 3-1 SEC) remain a step behind Tennessee in the SEC East because of their loss to the Vols but they remain a contender for the division title if they can continue to win, continuing with Saturday's game at Arkansas.

"I feel like we're on a mission when we started playing Georgia Southern, and I feel like we're still on that same mission," safety Thomas Davis said. "Our goals haven't changed and they're still reachable, we've just got to work harder at them. We've just got to come out each week with the same attitude we had."

NOTES, QUOTES

GAME BALL GOES TO: QB David Greene -- He bounced back from a poor performanceagainst Tennessee by completing 14 of 21 passes for 191 yards and two third-quarter touchdowns.

KEEP AN EYE ON: RBs Danny Ware and Thomas Brown -- Georgia's true freshman backs became the first Georgia running backs to both rush for more than 100 yards since Garrison Hearst and Mack Strong in 1992. Ware led the way with 127 yards on 24 carries and Brown added 122 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "It means a lot. It means I have been around awhile. It means you have played a lot of games and had a lot of success. I am sure the older I get, the more I will appreciate it." -- Georgia QB David Greene on becoming one of five SEC quarterbacks to surpass the 10,000-yard mark.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

LOOKING GOOD: The defense did its part by holding Vandy to three points and 53 rushing yards and scoring two points on a safety.

STILL NEEDS SOME WORK: RB Danny Ware fumbled twice, but attributed the fumbles to the wristbands he was wearing. Once he took off the wristbands he stopped fumbling.

ROSTER REPORT: Injuries to starters Dennis Roland (ankle) and Nick Jones (ankle) allowed sophomore guard Fernando Velasco and sophomore tackle Ken Shackleford to start against Vanderbilt. Both Shackleford and Velasco were called for penalties but the offensive line didn't allow any sacks and the Bulldogs earned 527 yards. ... A root canal on Friday seemed to carry over to Saturday for WR Fred Gibson, who caught two passes for 19 yards.


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