Pregame Notes Vanderbilt is in its 121st year of organized football. The Commodores wore white jersey tops with black pants for the first time this season ... The last time Vanderbilt wore this jersey combination was Nov. 7, 2009 at Florida. For the first time this season all four of Vanderbilt's captains (Joey Bailey, T.J. Greenstone, Chris Marve and Adam Smotherman) dressed out for the game ... At least one captain had been unable to suit up for each game due to injury. Georgia won the toss and deferred until the second half.
Team Notes This is the 71st meeting between Vanderbilt and Georgia ... Georgia leads the all-time series 51-18-2. Vanderbilt's last win in the series was a 24-22 win in 2006 in Athens ... Former kicker Bryant Hahnfeldt hit a 33-yard field goal with :02 seconds to play to give the Commodores the win. The loss was Vanderbilt's worst since being defeated 48-0 by Tennessee on Nov. 22, 2003. Georgia took a 3-0 lead after Blair Walsh's 31-yard field goal with 7:41 remaining in the first quarter ... The Commodores last won a game in which they did not score first on Oct. 4, 2008 against Auburn when the Tigers built a 13-0 lead before Vanderbilt scored 14 straight points for a 14-13 win. Vanderbilt has won its last five games that it has scored first - dating back to the Music City Bowl. The last time Vanderbilt lost when it scored first was Nov. 29, 2008 at Wake Forest. Vanderbilt has scored first only four times in 18 games - against Eastern Michigan Oct. 9, Ole Miss Sept. 18 and Western Carolina and Rice in 2009 ... All were wins. An errant snap by Vanderbilt resulted in a safety by Georgia with :14 seconds to play in the first quarter ... It marked second safety the Commodores have allowed this season ... Vanderbilt also allowed a safety in the closing minutes against UConn. Vanderbilt was outscored 12-0 in the first quarter ... Vanderbilt has scored just once this season in the first quarter (Eastern Michigan). Vanderbilt's 22-0 halftime deficit was its largest since Nov. 8, 2008 against Florida when Vanderbilt trailed 35-0. The game marks the second time this season Vanderbilt has been shutout at the half. Vanderbilt had a season low three penalties ... VU's previous low was six penalties in the last three games. Vanderbilt's 58 yards rushing were its fewest since being held to 33 by Mississippi State on Sept. 19, 2009.
Individual Notes Defensive tackle Adam Smotherman made his 2010 debut with 11:15 to play in the second quarter. Vanderbilt started sophomore running backs Warren Norman and Zac Stacy together in the backfield for the first time this season and second time in their careers (at Florida in 2009). Linebacker Chris Marve returned to the starting lineup after missing last week's game against Eastern Michigan and having his team-best consecutive games streak of 29 come to an end. Cornerback Casey Hayward is the team's active leader with 18 consecutive starts. Vanderbilt has 22 players on its roster from Georgia. The Commodores have played 13 true freshmen this season.
Defense Safety Kenny Ladler registered a career-high nine tackles ... His previous high was five at UConn. Linebacker John Stokes set a career high with 11 tackles ... His previous best was 10 tackles at Ole Miss on Sept. 18. Defensive end Theron Kadri registered the fourth tackle-for-loss of his career and first of the season in the first quarter. Defensive back Jamie Graham registered his first pass breakup of the season. Linebacker Nate Campbell had this fourth tackle-for-loss of the season and fourth in two games. Cornerback Casey Hayward set a season high with nine tackles ... He had eight tackles at Ole Miss.
Offense Brandon Barden's 28-yard reception in the first quarter was his second longest of the season. Quarterback Larry Smith tied a season low with 70 yards passing (LSU). Running back Warren Norman was held to a career low 28 yards rushing on seven carries ... His previous low was 26 yards against Mississippi State in 2009. Freshman Logan Stewart saw some action at center after starting center Joey Bailey went down with an injury at the end of the first quarter ... Bailey returned for the next offensive series after his injury ... Logan, the 13th true freshman to play this year, made his Commodore debut against Eastern Michigan last week.
Special Teams Warren Norman moved into seventh place on the school's all-time kickoff return yardage list with 1,487 return yards ... Norman surpassed Clary Parker (1,388 yards) and Doug Nettles (1,450 yards) ... Norman entered the game with 1,352 yards ... Norman had eight returns for 155 yards.