Saturday, October 15, 2011

Georgia Defeats Vanderbilt In A Wild One, 33-28

Vanderbilt QB Jordan Rodgers
Georgia QB Aaron Murray
What a game in Nashville tonight. It was a career night for Bulldogs QB Aaron Murray. He went 22/38 for 326 yards and 3 touchdown passes with 1 interception. His go - to WR was Marlon Brown as he caught 4 passes for 121 yards and 2 touchdowns. WR Tavarres King also contributed with 5 catches for 57 yards and 1 touchdown.

When UGA intercepted Vanderbilt QB Jordan Rodgers with a 1:30 left in the 4th. It was a crazy ending. Georgia decided to run the clock out but Vanderbilt still had two timeouts. The Bulldogs punted with 15 seconds left and that's when the punt was blocked at around the time the play ended with 7 seconds left in the game. Rodgers tried to throw the ball right into the end zone, which was an incompletion. The next pass was a 5 yard completion but time expired and the Dawgs held on to the win.

Georgia struggled to get the running game going so they had to go to through the air. RB Richard Samuel had 15 carries for 53 yards and star freshman RB Isaiah Crowell had 10 carries for only 35 yards. The Bulldogs defense forced 3 turnovers despite letting Vanderbilt cut it to a 5 point game in the 4th quarter when they had a 20-7 lead in the 1st half. Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers' younger brother Jordan Rodgers helped rally Vanderbilt after they benched starting QB Larry Smith. Kicker Blair Walsh made four field goals despite missing two. Georgia struggled on offense in the 1st half but right when the 2nd half started, they clicked and had it going on all cylinders.

Our defense has to stop giving up huge plays. When Vanderbilt RB Zac Stacy found a hole, he took advantage just as he did when he ran for a 19 yard touchdown in the 2nd half. The defense isin't wrapping up when making tackles. Freshman LB Ray Drew can't do it all by himself. He made his presence felt tonight with 2 sacks and 1 fumble recovery. Star CB Brandon Boykin contributed with 1 interception.

You have to give the Commodores credit tonight. They wanted to show that they can compete with the top teams in the SEC. All week I thought we would cruise right by them and get a easy win but I was completely wrong and we had a ball game. In their 1st home game, they wanted to put on a show for their fans. They put up a hard fight but our Georgia Bulldogs found another way to get a victory.

My final thoughts on this game is that it was an ugly win but a win is a win. As I said before, we have to improve on defense and not give up big plays. We need to give RB Isaiah Crowell more carries like we've been doing since the season started. Giving him ten carries a game won't win us ball games. We have to establish a good running game and not put all the pressure on QB Aaron Murray to win the game. We're currently riding a five game winning streak heading into our bye week. In two weeks we play our biggest rival, the Florida Gators. Look for my next blog which will be a preview about that game. So until then, GO DAWGS!!!-Yuriy

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