Georgia 44, Vandy 17 - The good, bad, ugly

Vanderbilt fell to Georgia 44-17 on Saturday in Athens. Looks inside for the good, bad and ugly from the game.

THE GOOD

Offense makes small strides. Vandy offense got double digit first downs and actually won the time of possession battle, however, part of that was due to Georgia's quick scoring. But they did churn out 15 first downs, gain 320 yards and score which is at least an improvement over last week. Stephen Rivers came in during the second quarter and gave the team a lift quickly, by leading the offense on a 7-play, 66 yard drive that gave the defense a chance to catch its breath.

THE BAD AND UGLY

Todd Gurley blowing through the VU defense. He is the real deal and not just another SEC running back. Gurley gained 163 yards on 25 carries (6.5 YPC). He scored the first two touchdowns of the game and pretty much did as he wished. The Commodore defense at least kept him from scoring on a very long run (longest was 26 yards).

Coaching. Last week the defense showed improvement while the offense was a no-show. This week it was the opposite. Will the 'Dores be able to put together a complete game against an SEC (or any opponent)? In the first half there were a couple of situations where I believe 99 percent of college coaches in the country would have gone for it. First, down 21-0, Derek Mason chose to attempt a field goal on fourth-and-3 at the UGA 32. That field goal was missed.

Later when trailing 21-7, on fourth-and-7 at the UGA 42, Mason chose to punt. That punt went into the end zone and the ball came out to the 20; a net gain in field position of 22 yards. UGA promptly marched down the field and then sunk a dagger into the 'Dores hearts when the Dawgs scored with seven seconds to go in the half. Why not a fake punt or just go for it? Had he made it his team would at least have a shot at being the one scoring just before the half. All in all the team seems to be making some improvement but for the second week it seems we've not down our best to compete. Sure the 99 percent figure might be exaggerated but if your offense has failed to score a touchdown in three games wouldn't it make sense to roll the dice occasionally?

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