Dawgs' Final Scoring Drive Builds Confidence

NASHVILLE – It was the drive Georgia had been waiting for all season, even if it didn't prove crucial to the game's outcome.

The Bulldogs' had already secured their win over Vanderbilt – the final tally was 34-10 – but it was that last touchdown that really gave the team something to celebrate.

Georgia's struggling running game had mustered just 53 yards on 20 carries through three quarters, despite Vanderbilt ranking as one of the worst run defenses in the league. The Bulldogs' final scoring drive, however, represented a turning point.

Georgia drove 68 yards on 10 plays – all runs – and capped the drive with a 9-yard touchdown run by fullback Fred Munzenmaier on fourth down.

"That eats up a lot of clock, and it gives you a lot of confidence in your running game when you say, we're going to run the ball right at you at the end of the game," quarterback Joe Cox said. "When you do it all the way down the field and put points on the board, it's a great feeling. I think we needed that probably more than any other drive."

The drive was anchored by a 33-yard run by freshman Washaun Ealey, but Carlton Thomas and Munzenmaier each contributed key yardage, too.

For the game, six Georgia running backs totaled at least 10 yards apiece, and the dedication to running the football was a key in the Bulldogs' increased offensive output.

"It felt good that we ran the ball," receiver A.J. Green said. "Success is running the ball, and that opens up the passing game. We did that (Saturday), and it felt good."


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