Georgia tailback Ken Malcome summed up Georgia’s offensive threats after Saturday’s game quite well.
“You can stop our passing one day, but you can’t stop the run,” Malcome said. “You can stop the run, but you can’t stop the passing.”
Against Vanderbilt, Georgia used a bevy of receivers and numerous tailbacks en route to the blowout victory. Senior Marlon Brown caught five passes for 114 yards and a score, and senior Tavarres King racked up four catches for 58 yards and a touchdown.
“Whoever gets the ball is going to make a play,” said Brown, who was one of nine Georgia players to catch passes Saturday night. “We’re happy for each other. Since I’ve been here, I feel like the wideouts are so much closer this year than they have been in the past.”
On Georgia’s 12 play, 96-yard drive in the second quarter, junior Rhett McGowan caught an 11-yard pass from Murray in the second quarter to convert on a third-and-2 from Georgia’s 35-yard line.
“That’s what I prepare for every day—when my number is called to go in and make that play,” McGowan said. “Murray threw a great ball. The offensive line protected. It was a great play.
McGowan’s head coach agreed.
“He played well today,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said. “He had a big third-down catch. He had man coverage and got off the jam beautifully and made a tough catch. I thought it was close to pass interference, but he snagged it anyway.”
One play later, Malcome scampered 30 yards to cross into Vanderbilt’s half of the field, and the redshirt sophomore added another first-down run later in the drive.
“Ken had some huge runs today,” Murray said.
McGowan finished with two catches for 26 yards and had a 19-yard punt return in the fourth quarter.
Malcome finished with six carries for 41 yards.
“It was good to see Ken break out too,” Richt said. “He’s been running well. We stack the pecking order (or running backs) the way we feel comfortable. We really feel like those three guys are going to get carries every ball game.”
Richt said he likes the number of weapons his team has on offense, and Murray’s maturation makes the engine go.
“We have a quarterback who can handle that,” Richt said of his offense. The Bulldogs employ a system that leaves play-calling on the shoulders of Murray at the line of scrimmage, allowing the signal caller to check out of plays. “Because of it, you really don’t know where the ball is going to go. When we call certain plays, we don’t know who is going to get (the ball). We just assume get everybody out there, read the coverage and get the ball to who it needs to be thrown to.
“That’s why the ball gets thrown around to a lot of different guys. We really don’t know who is going to have a big day.”