Key stat: Georgia had just 30 yards of total offense until the final play of the half, when D.J. Shockley completed a 31-yard pass to Kenneth Harris.
Key moment: The Commodores were driving the ball on their first possession until Jarvis Jackson came up with a sack on third-and-nine. The 6-yard loss pushed Vanderbilt from Georgia’s 33 to its 39, forcing the Commodores to punt rather than consider a field goal that could have given them the lead and a little momentum.
The man: The only player who made his family proud was Georgia punter Gordon Ely-Kelso, who averaged 47.5 on two kicks.
Score: Georgia 0, Vanderbilt 0
Key stat: The Bulldogs’ passing game came alive in the second quarter as they got 99 yards through the air. The biggest chunk of that came on a 26-yard completion to Leonard Pope.
Key moment: Georgia fullback Brannan Southerland got himself open in the back of the end zone for a 10-yard touchdown catch on third-and-goal with 4:13 left in the half. The play saved Georgia an embarrassing moment. Southerland had scored on a 1-yard run on first-and-goal four plays before but the touchdown was negated and the Bulldogs were backed up to the 11-yard line by a holding penalty.
The man: The fullbacks split this honor. Southerland grabbed the first touchdown catch of his career, and Vandy’s Steven Bright had two catches for 29 yards.
Score: Georgia 17, Vanderbilt 7
Key stat: Cassen Jackson-Garrison busted out a 50-yard run for the the Commodores, but Vanderbilt managed only 5 other rushing yards in the quarter.
Key moment: One play after Vanderbitl had pulled to within 10 points with an impressive drive, Shockley found Sean Bailey for a 53-yard pass that took all the steam out of the Commodore comeback. That drive eventually led to a 28-yard Brandon Coutu field goal.
The man: Macon native Marlon White, a Commodore receiver, caught his team-leading fourth touchdown with 7:57 left in the quarter. His 14-yard grab pulled the Commdores within 10 points at 24-14.
The score: Georgia 27, Vanderbilt 17
Key stat: The Commodores had minus-4 rushing yards in the first seven minutes of the fourth quarter.
Key moment: Vanderbilt’s final chance for victory slipped by with 11:51 left in the game when quarterback Jay Cutler and Bright couldn’t hook up on a fourth-and-2 near midfield. The Commodores trailed by 17 at the time but conceivably could have closed the gap with a score on that possession.
The man: Georgia receiver Bryan McClendon caught the first touchdown of his career on his 38th career reception. That’s the longest any Bulldog receiver has had to wait for his first score since at least 1974, according to Georgia’s records.
The score: Georgia 34, Vanderbilt 17