Scores

Final

Georgia 33

(5-2, 4-1 SEC)

Vanderbilt 28

(3-3, 1-3 SEC)

Coverage: GamePlan

7:00 PM ET, October 15, 2011

Vanderbilt Stadium, Nashville, TN

1 2 3 4 T
UGA 0 20 6 733
VAN 0 7 14 728

Top Performers

Passing: A. Murray (UGA) - 326 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: Z. Stacy (EAST) - 17 CAR, 97 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: M. Brown (UGA) - 4 REC, 121 YDS, 2 TD

Aaron Murray's three touchdowns help Georgia hold off Vanderbilt

Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Aaron Murray threw for a career-high 326 yards and three touchdowns, and Blair Walsh kicked four field goals as the Georgia Bulldogs held off Vanderbilt 33-28 for their fifth straight victory Saturday night.

Vanderbilt (3-3, 1-3 Southeastern Conference) hadn't beaten Georgia in Nashville since 1991, and Udom Umoh blocked Drew Butler's punt with 7 seconds left to give the Commodores one last chance at the Georgia 20 before a substitution infraction backed the Commodores up to the Georgia 25.

Jordan Rodgers overthrew Chris Boyd in the end zone, leaving a second for a final play. Rodgers was hit as he threw short to tight end Brandon Barden, who was tackled well short at the 16.

Georgia (5-2, 4-1) also intercepted three passes, the last by Bacarri Rambo with 1:10 left, as the Bulldogs kept pace in the East with South Carolina, a 14-12 winner over Mississippi State earlier.

The hectic ending was fitting on a night when a transformer on the east concourse of the stadium blew and knocked out four sets of lights with 2:53 left in the first half. Workers fixed a fuse and got all but one stand working by early in the third quarter.

Walsh clanked his first field goal attempt off the left upright and missed another wide right.

The Commodores had the ball twice in the final 2:30, first when Casey Heyward picked off a Murray pass at the Vandy 2. Rambo ended that drive with his interception, but the Bulldogs, who had to kick so many field goals, couldn't pick up a first down to run out the clock, which set up the final few plays.

Murray threw two TDs to Marlon Brown, the last a 75-yarder with 13:57 left that proved to be the winner and the longest TD play for both quarterback and receiver. Murray also connected with Tavarres King on a 20-yard TD set up by Orson Charles blocking a punt.

The Bulldogs took a 3-0 lead on Walsh's first field goal, a 53-yarder, and scored 20 points in the second quarter and never trailed.

Georgia had allowed only two offensive touchdowns in the previous four games. The Bulldogs gave up three to Vandy, two in the final 16 minutes as Zac Stacy capped an 84-yard drive by running for a 19-yard TD with 9:15 left.

Vanderbilt's best offense early came came on a fake punt when the backup punter completed a 35-yard pass, and on a halfback pass when Stacy tossed a 43-yard TD pass to Jordan Matthews. Andre Hal also returned a kickoff 96 yards for a TD in the third quarter just after Georgia took its biggest lead of the game at 23-7.

Rodgers, who came in after Larry Smith was intercepted for the second time, drove the Commodores 75 yards to set up Jerron Seymour's 1-yard TD with 26 seconds left in the third.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UGA
VAN
1st Downs2219
Total Yards443349
Passing326149
Rushing117200
Penalties11-897-50
3rd Down Conversions8-184-12
4th Down Conversions0-02-2
Turnovers14
Possession31:0228:58

Passing Leaders

GeorgiaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Murray22/383268.631
VanderbiltC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Rodgers4/19472.501

Rushing Leaders

GeorgiaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Samuel15533.5018
Crowell10353.5024
VanderbiltCARYDSAVGTDLG
Stacy17975.7119
Rodgers11807.3040

Receiving Leaders

GeorgiaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Brown412130.3275
Bennett78912.7016
VanderbiltRECYDSAVGTDLG
Matthews24623.0143
East13535.0035

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERUGAVAN
FG13:48Blair Walsh 53 Yd 30
TD11:29Tavarres King 20 Yd Pass From Aaron Murray (Blair Walsh Kick) 100
TD08:21Jordan Matthews 43 Yd Pass From Zac Stacy (Carey Spear Kick) 107
FG03:26Blair Walsh 28 Yd 137
TD00:27Marlon Brown 27 Yd Pass From Aaron Murray (Blair Walsh Kick) 207
THIRD QUARTERUGAVAN
FG10:06Blair Walsh 36 Yd 237
TD09:51Andre Hal 96 Yd Kickoff Return (Carey Spear Kick) 2314
FG06:51Blair Walsh 44 Yd 2614
TD00:26Jerron Seymour 1 Yd Run (Carey Spear Kick) 2621
FOURTH QUARTERUGAVAN
TD13:57Marlon Brown 75 Yd Pass From Aaron Murray (Blair Walsh Kick) 3321
TD09:15Zac Stacy 19 Yd Run (Carey Spear Kick) 3328