Three Keys Revisited

ATHENS - Josh Kendall's look at the three most critical parts of Georgia's win over Vandy.

Smash the ‘Dores

The final score wasn't outrageous, but Georgia never let the Commodores seriously entertain the idea of an upset. The Bulldogs seem to handling the opponents they should better and better as they years progresses.

Score in the red zone

Georgia scored on its first five trips inside the Vanderbilt 20-yard line, and four of those were touchdown tosses. Three came on passes by D.J. Shockley after he scrambled out of trouble, and the fourth came on a run play that Shockley called at the line of scrimmage. The only time the Bulldogs didn't score in the red zone came when Shockley threw a late interception.

Stay healthy

Through no fault of their own, the Bulldogs flunked this one, suffering a significant injury at the second-worst possible position. Defensive tackle Kedric Golston will miss two-to-three weeks due to torn elbow ligaments. That leaves Georgia without both starting tackles for at least the Arkansas game.

Notable: After seeing an ESPN replay when he got home at "about 4 or 5 in the morning," Coach Mark Richt called Bryan McClendon's first career touchdown catch "questionable." The play was reviewed during the game but the touchdown call was not overturned. ... Despite their problems along the defensive line, the Bulldogs will not play true freshman Kade Weston this late in the year, Richt said. Georgia is planning to redshirt Weston. ... Richt wasn't unhappy with his defense's performance against the Commodores, he said, even though the Bulldogs gave up 324 yards, their second-highest total of the year. "I always start with effort, and there was no letdown in terms of effort," he said. "They battled. We got better at defending them as the game went on as they tried to continue to do some thing that hurt us early on."

Quotable: "We're very fortunate to have him playing for us right now. I don't know where we'd be without him right now." -- Richt on Shockley Injuries: Defensive tackle Kedric Golston will miss at least two weeks and probably more due to torn elbow ligaments. He won't need surgery, Coach Mark Richt said Sunday. Defensive tackle Darrius Swain suffered fractured bones in his hand and probably will have to play with a cast against Arkansas. Linebacker Tony Taylor (elbow), defensive tackle Gerald Anderson (concussion) and wide receiver A.J. Bryant (groin) all are expected to remain out this week. Wide receiver Mario Raley (leg) could return to play against the Hogs.

Next: Georgia vs. Arkansas, Saturday 12:30 p.m., Jefferson-Pilot

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