NASHVILLE — Georgia failed to polish off another opponent, but this time it wasn’t due to offensive inefficiencies.
Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray threw for a career-high 326 yards, and the Bulldogs needed all of them to stave off suddenly explosive Vanderbilt 33-28 Saturday night at Vanderbilt Stadium. Georgia, which had been so stout defensively the past month, allowed two second-half drives of 75 yards or longer to the Commodores, who managed just 77 yards last month at South Carolina and only 190 last week at Alabama.
Murray’s 75-yard touchdown pass to Marlon Brown early in the fourth quarter helped propel the Bulldogs to a 33-21 lead, but the Commodores responded with a nine-play, 84-yard drive that culminated with a 19-yard Zac Stacy touchdown run with 9:15 remaining. Vanderbilt forced Georgia to punt and took over at its 31-yard line with 7:03 remaining, but a bad third-down snap to Jordan Rodgers resulted in a 22-yard loss.
Casey Hayward intercepted Murray at the Vanderbilt 2-yard line with 2:30 remaining, but Bacarri Rambo intercepted Rodgers at midfield with 1:10 left. Hayward and Rambo collected their fifth interceptions of the season.
David Paschall is a sports writer for the Times Free Press. He started at the Chattanooga Free Press in 1990 and was part of the Times Free Press when the paper started in 1999. David covers University of Georgia football, as well as SEC football recruiting, SEC basketball, Chattanooga Lookouts baseball and other sports stories. He is a Chattanooga native and graduate of the Baylor School and Auburn University. David has received numerous honors for ...