Key No. 1 LIMIT EXPLOSIVE PLAYS BY UGA PASS
Georgia had four pass plays go for over 20 and one went for 32 yards. Not bad at all. The Bulldog's longest rushing play went for just 13 yards. Give the entire Vandy defense credit for making plays, in particular, as Georgia got nearer to the Commodore end zone things go tougher for them. Derek Mason did the right thing shutting down the Georgia running game and forcing UGA to pass. Woody Hayes once said, "Only three things can happen when you pass and two aren't good." While looking at the stats and not the score, you'd never know Vandy won, Mason's strategy worked.
Key No. 2 WIN THE BATTLE OF THIRD DOWN PUSH
The Vanderbilt offense again struggled on third down, converting on just 4-of-14 third downs. Meanwhile, the VU defense limited Georgia to just 6-of-17 conversions, which was the difference in this game. The Bulldogs converted on one fourth down and missed on another that we have all heard about. Despite being on the field 10 more minutes than the Bulldog defense, the Commodore D was just as good in the fourth quarter as the first.
Key No. 3 HANG AROUND WITH GEORGIA PASS
Vandy led most of the game and never trailed by more than six points. Khari Blasingame 2-yard run with 9:43 remaining in the game gave the Commodores the lead for good. That drive spanned eight plays for 75 yards and, like a similar late drive at Western Kentucky, shows that this Vandy offense, while not explosive, has the capability to drive the field in a crunch.
This was a huge win for the Commodores and gets them back into the running for a possible bowl. The Commodores will now host FCS Tennessee State on Saturday night (ESPNU). The 'Dores can't afford to be caught napping like Georgia was on Saturday. While a win over TSU won't be as sexy as the win over the Bulldogs, a loss would be devastating and the media would feed on it like Piranas.