Passing Offense: D
Jordan Rodgers was 13 for 23 for 218 yards; the senior quarterback was sacked three times for a loss of 26 yards. Rodgers connected with Chris Boyd on a 60-yard completion that brought the 'Dores to the Georgia 3-yard line.
At the end of the second half, Rodgers completed 5 of 6 passes for 56 yards and ran for 8 more to put Vandy in position for its only points of the night.
Jordan Matthews had an excellent day with 8 catches for 119 yards. Chris Boyd added 4 receptions for 110 yards receiving. Redshirt freshman Josh Grady added a catch for 5 yards and Stacy also tallied a catch for a loss of 3 yards. No other Vandy receiver of any kind caught a pass for the 'Dores on the night.
Rushing Offense: D
The 'Dores had some success running the ball on their opening drive, but two false start penalties and a substitution infraction would force a punt. Zac Stacy rushed for 88 yards on 12 carries with no other Commodore having any success against the stingy Bulldog defense.
Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones and Jordan Jenkins combined for 5 tackles for a loss and 3 sacks disrupting a Vandy offense that hurt itself with penalties all night. Vandy's long run of the game came with the team already down 41-3 near the end of the third quarter when Zac Stacy started the drive with a 15-yard, followed by a 12-yard rush two plays later.
The 'Dores ended the night with 106 yards rushing and a 2.9 yard per rush average.
Passing Defense: F
Georgia's Aaron Murray was 18 for 24 for 250 yards and two touchdowns. The Bulldogs pounded the 'Dores with the run and forced them to stuff the box, which opened things up for one-on-one matchups on the outside. The junior signal caller commanded the Bulldog offense well and averaged 13.9 yards per completion.
Murray and a talented receiving corps led by Marlon Brown--who had 5 receptions for 114 yards and a touchdown--had their way with the 'Dores throughout the night.
Senior flanker Tavarres King added 4 receptions for 58 yards and a score.
Kenny Ladler led the secondary and the team with 11 tackles.
Rushing Defense: F
The Georgia rushing game led by freshman Todd Gurley made Vandy look bad with 302 rushing yards, 5 rushing touchdowns, and a 6.4 yard per rush average. Gurley had 130 yards and two scores. Another Georgia true freshman, Keith Marshall, added 82 yards rushing on 10 carries and a 52-yard touchdown run.
One promising note and glimpse of the future was true freshman Darreon Herring who finished third on the team with 6 tackles. Junior linebacker Chase Garnham added 6 tackles including a tackle for loss.
Defensive tackle Jared Morse had Vandy's only sack which resulted in a loss of 4 yards on Georgia's second drive of the night.
Special Teams: C
Georgia had the ball and a 7 point lead when Caleb Azubike was called for roughing the kicker when replays clearly showed he was pushed into the punter who fell over him. Georgia's Keith Marshall took advantage two plays later with a 52-yard touchdown run right up the middle.
Carey Spear made his first from field goal attempt from 29 yards with time running out of the second half. His second field goal attempt from 46-yards missed wide left for his first miss of the year.
Brian Kimbrow returned a kickoff 43 yards to give the 'Dores a good midfield position late at the end of the third quarter but Vandy was again unable to capitalize.
Despite all the plotting and secrecy involving the quarterback situation coming into the game, the 'Dores opted to start Rodgers after starting Austyn Carta-Samuels a week before against Presbyterian. Vandy failed at stringing together continue drives and hurt themselves time after time with costly penalties.
The Vandy coaches have come out with a run first attitude in the first quarter of the season. It may have worked against the Blue Hose but against the solid defenses of the SEC, the 'Dores need to minimize the third-and-long scenarios and take more chances through the air on first and second down.
The 'Dores were 1 for 3 in red zone chances with a field goal, a fumble, and a missed field goal. Georgia definitely looked to be firing on most cylinders, but this game should not have gotten as out of hand as it did. Blasting loud music during practices did not seem to help the 'Dores with playing in Athens as they were flagged four times for false starts in the first quarter. Throughout the day Vandy was flagged 11 times for 68 yards.
The 'Dores were unable to stop the Bulldogs through the air or on the ground as Georgia racked up 567 total yards of offense. Last season Vandy's offense line made significant progress during the bye week before Alabama and allowed less sacks and were noticeably able to run the ball better against the Tide. Hopefully they can make similar strides in two weeks on a big trip to Missouri.
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