Georgia - Vandy: How the scored
Mark Richt (Photo; Dean Legge)
Mark Richt (Photo; Dean Legge)

Posted Oct 19, 2002


Georgia moved to 7-0 thanks to a 48-17 win over Vanderbilt.

GEORGIA 48, VANDERBILT 17

FIRST QUARTER
Vanderbilt opened with a 60-yard drive that ended with a missed field goal, and the teams traded touchdowns before Georgia’s defense made its first stop. Vanderbilt outgained Georgia in total yards Georgia 141- 120.

Georgia 7, Vanderbilt 0
Georgia touchdown: Fred Gibson 35 pass from David Greene (Billy Bennett kick), 5:22. 10 plays, 79 yards, 3:59 drive. Key play: Gibson beat Vanderbilt cornerback Aaron McWhorter on a corner pattern and was at least three yards behind the defender when Greene lofted the pass toward the left corner of the end zone.

Georgia 7, Vanderbilt 7
Vanderbilt touchdown: Jay Cutler 1 run (Greg Johnson kick), 2:23. 7 plays, 80 yards, 2:59. Key plays: On back to back plays, Dan Stricker caught passes for 16 and 46 yards, the second catch coming on first down at the Georgia 48 down the middle of the field to the 2. On each play, cornerback Decory Bryant was beaten by Stricker.

SECOND QUARTER
After completing the touchdown pass to Terrence Edwards to open the quarter and his next three passes, Greene was 11 for 11 passing. At halftime, Georgia had 362 total yards — more than it managed in four of its first six games. Greene was 16 for 18 passing for 270 yards — more yards than in five of the first six games.

Georgia 14, Vanderbilt 7
Georgia touchdown: Edwards 65 pass from Greene (Bennett kick), 14:48. 7 plays, 80 yards, 2:35 drive. Key play: On the first play of the quarter, Georgia had a third and 6 at its 35 when Greene pulled off a convincing fake handoff to Musa Smith. While Smith was carrying through with his “run’’ up the middle, Greene stood behind the pile of players, calmly holding the ball on his hip while Edwards was running down the middle of the field, left alone by the Vanderbilt secondary. Greene then unleashed the pass to the open Edwards for the touchdown.

Georgia 21, Vanderbilt 7
Georgia touchdown: Smith 14 run (Bennett kick), 8:24. 7 plays, 92 yards, 3:03 drive. Key plays: Effectively mixing running and passing plays, Georgia gained 10 or more yards in five straight plays to end the drive, including passes for 19 yards to Reggie Brown and 24 yards to Edwards. Smith than ran for 10 and 14 yards on back-to-back plays to complete the drive.

Georgia 24, Vanderbilt 7
Georgia field goal: Bennett 32 kick, 4:06. 8 plays, 41 yards, 3:04 drive. Key play: Greene opened the drive by passing for 26 yards to Edwards.

Georgia 31, Vanderbilt 7
Georgia touchdown: Smith 1 run (Bennett kick), :51. 6 plays, 45 yards, 1:26 drive. Key play: David Pollack blocked a punt by Vanderbilt’s Johnson to give the Bulldogs the ball at the Vanderbilt 45. Georgia needed only one second-down play in the quick drive.

Georgia 31, Vanderbilt 10
Vanderbilt field goal: Johnson 46 kick, :00. 6 plays, 37 yards, :51 drive. Key play: On first down from the Georgia 49, Cutler was under heavy pressure but managed to throw off-balance for 18 yards to M.J. Garrett to the Georgia 31.

THIRD QUARTER
Greene led two scoring drives before giving way to D.J. Shockley late in the quarter. For the game, Georgia scored in all seven drives directed by Greene.

Georgia 34, Vanderbilt 10
Georgia field goal: Bennett 30 kick, 10:42. 11 plays, 63 yards, 4:18 drive. Key play: Fullback J.T. Wall had three carries in the drive, including a 23-yard run up the middle to the Vandy 21.

Georgia 41, Vanderbilt 10
Georgia touchdown: Greene 11 run (Bennett kick), 8:05. 3 plays, 35 yards, 1:09 drive. Key plays: A 23-yard punt return by Damien Gary set up the drive. Greene passed to tight end Ben Watson for 23 yards to open the drive.

Georgia 41, Vanderbilt 17
Vanderbilt touchdown: Kwane Doster 9 run (Johnson kick), 2:38. 10 plays, 80 yards, 5:27 drive. Key play: Doster scored on a second-and-5 run from the 9, carrying Thomas Davis over the goal line.

FOURTH QUARTER
 
Shockley was impressive in his first appearance since the South Carolina game. Coach mark Richt also gave playing time to such young players as tailback Tyson Browning, receivers Bryan McClendon and Mario Raley and offensive tackle Dennis Roland. Midway through the quarter, Georgia sent in Jonathan Kilgo and the punting team for the first time in the game. With 5:57
left, Cory Phillips took over at quarterback.

Georgia 48, Vanderbilt 17
Georgia touchdown: Ben Watson 9 pass from Shockley (Bennett kick). 11 plays, 92 yards, 3:22 drive. Key play: Showing good patience as he waited for the route to develop, Shockley passed for 37 yards to Bryan McClendon to the Vanderbilt 37.



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