October 7, 2018 / 3:47 AM / 6 months ago

No. 2 Georgia puts away Vanderbilt, 41-13

EditorsNote: Reorders entire recap, adds records

The Georgia Bulldogs may have solidified their claim as the No. 2 team in the country as they overwhelmed Vanderbilt in the second half to cruise to a 41-13 victory Saturday night at Athens, Ga.

Five different players scored touchdowns for the Bulldogs (6-0, 4-0 SEC).

Jake Fromm finished with 276 passing yards and three touchdowns as the Bulldogs piled up 560 total yards.

The defense shut down the Commodores (3-3, 0-2) in the second half after an unimpressive first two quarters.

Georgia led 21-6 at halftime, but that was deceiving. The Bulldogs’ first touchdown — and 28 percent of their first half yardage — came on a 75-yard touchdown pass to Terry Godwin.

That came one play after Vanderbilt took a 3-0 lead on Ryley Guay’s 25-yard field goal, marking the first time all season the Bulldogs had trailed.

Georgia looked much sharper on offense than it did the week before against Tennessee. The Bulldogs added two long drives, leading to touchdowns by Elijah Holyfield and Riley Ridley.

But the Bulldogs’ defense was less than stellar as it allowed Vanderbilt to rack up 230 yards and control the ball for nearly 20 minutes in the first half. It did, however, make the big plays when it had to.

The Commodores had drives of 50, 35, 81 and 51 yards but were held to a pair of field goals.

Freshman quarterback Justin Fields started two drives for Georgia in the third quarter, both resulting in points. The first one stalled at the Vanderbilt 36, but Rodrigo Blankenship nailed a 53-yard field goal, his longest since the Rose Bowl against Oklahoma.

Fields led the Bulldogs to the end zone on their next possession. It included an impressive 20-yard pass to Godwin on the sideline.

Brian Herrien powered his way into the end zone from 1 yard out. He actually fumbled inside the 1, but the ball rolled back to him on the bottom of the scrum for the touchdown to stretch the lead to 38-6.

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