Georgia escapes with a win at Vanderbilt

Georgia escapes with a win at Vanderbilt

October 15th, 2011 by David Paschall in Local Regional News

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.