The Point After: Georgia

Oct. 7, 2017

By Zac Ellis

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Georgia didn't allow Vanderbilt to enjoy its homecoming weekend.

The fifth-ranked Bulldogs bulldozed their way to a 45-14 win over the host Commodores on Saturday at Vanderbilt Stadium.

Here's how it went down on West End.

WHAT HAPPENED: Georgia built a 21-0 lead in the first half thanks to a sound run game, but Vanderbilt got on the board with a late touchdown drive in the second quarter. That sent the Dores into the break trailing just 21-7. But the Bulldogs didn't let up in the third quarter, scoring a touchdown on the first series as part of a 17-point period that padded their lead.

TURNING POINT: Vanderbilt entered halftime on the heels of a 75-yard touchdown drive, which pushed some momentum onto the Commodore sidelines. But Georgia responded with momentum of its own on the first series of the second half. Quarterback Jake Fromm hit wideout Terry Godwin with a 4-yard touchdown pass to push the Bulldogs ahead, 28-7.

RB Nick Chubb (Georgia)
The senior tailback bruised his way through Vanderbilt's defense for much of the day, recording 138 yards on 16 carries. Chubb punched in two of Georgia’s first two touchdowns, a 33-yard rush in the first quarter and a 14-yard carry in the second quarter.

DL Nifae Lealao (Vanderbilt)
Vanderbilt trailed 45-7 in the fourth quarter when Bryce Lewis forced a fumble from Georgia quarterback Jacob Eason in Commodore territory. Lealao scooped up the loose ball and rumbled about 15 yards to the 1-yard line. Lealao's near-touchdown set up a Kyle Shurmur touchdown pass to C.J. Duncan that cut Georgia's lead to 45-14.

WR Kalija Lipscomb (Vanderbilt)
Lipscomb led all Vanderbilt receivers with 55 yards on three catches and helped extend the Commodores' most successful drive of the day. In the second quarter, the sophomore hauled in a 38-yard catch from Shurmur down the right sideline to the 1-yard line. The catch set up Ralph Webb's rushing touchdown that cut Georgia's lead to 21-7 just before half.

Georgia entered Saturday as one of the most potent running teams in the country, and it continued that trend against Vanderbilt. The Bulldogs ammassed 423 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 54 carries, averaging 7.8 yards per carry. Georgia had already recorded 128 yards on 33 carries by the time it led 14-0 in the second quarter.

Number of punts for Georgia. The Bulldogs managed to finish drives against Vanderbilt, scoring points on seven of their nine total drives. The other two ended in a punt and a fumble, respectively.

Turnovers for Vanderbilt against Georgia. The Commodores' defense struggled on Saturday, but the offense kept its miscues to a minumum, as it has done all season. Vanderbilt entered the weekend tied for second in the SEC in fewest turnovers (three).

WORTH NOTING: Vanderbilt scored 14 points against Georgia, more combined points than the Bulldogs allowed in their two previous SEC games against Mississippi State and Tennessee (three).

WHAT’S NEXT: Vanderbilt ventures to Oxford, Miss. to face Ole Miss next Saturday. Kickoff is 2:30 p.m. CT on SEC Network.

Zac Ellis is the Writer and Digital Media Editor for Vanderbilt Athletics.


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