Georgia beats Vandy: News and Notes

NASHVILLE - News and notes from Georgia's 34-17 win over Vandy.

BIG CATCH: Receiver Sean Bailey may have saved his starting job with a 53-yard catch in the second half. He came into the game in a major rut and dropped two more passes in the first half. The most glaring drop came late in the second quarter, when a scrambling Shockley threw the ball 60 yards and hit Bailey in stride on the hands. However, the ball bounced off Bailey's arms.

However, he came back to catch a tough pass in the third quarter, and he hopes that catch gets him on the right track.

"Hopefully, that'll be one of those things that I start to click now, and we don't have to worry anymore about those dropped balls," he said.

LOCAL BOY MAKE GOOD AND BAD: Vanderbilt wide receiver Marlon White, a graduate of Macon's Westside High, caught his team-leading fourth touchdown Saturday. Later, though, he dropped a pass in the red zone that led to the Commodores having to kick a field goal.

SLOW START: Georgia's slow start on Saturday was nothing new for its game at Vanderbilt, but it was a change from what they did in the first five games of the year.

The Bulldogs had outscored their opponents 42-3 in first quarters coming into the game, and the only opening period in which they hadn't scored at least seven points this year was the South Carolina game, in which they also were blanked.

Georgia finally got its offense going on the final play of the drive, when a scrambling D.J. Shockley found Kenneth Harris for a 31-yard gain. Until that play, the Bulldogs had run 15 offensive plays for 30 yards, and Shockley was 1-for-6 for 7 yards.

SAME APPROACH: After unveiling a new game entrance against Tennessee, the Bulldogs used it again Saturday. Georgia's players took the field for the start of the first half and the start of the second half walking in groups of four and five with their arms locked.

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