Vandy upsets Georgia: Three keys revisited

Mark Richt

ATHENS - Josh Kendall reviews the three keys to Georgia's game with Vanderbilt.

Pick a quarterback

Richt has, but he's not telling anyone yet. The smart money is on freshman Matthew Stafford, who was 9-of-13 against Vanderbilt and had three passes dropped. Richt probably will make an official announcement today.

Dominate on defense

Georgia played better on defense than it did a week ago against Tennessee. The Bulldogs scored a defensive touchdown and forced a red zone turnover, but they will be remembered for the 65-yard drive they surrendered to set up the Commodores' winning field goal. "We didn't play well enough to win," defensive coordinator Willie Martinez said. "We'll leave it at that. We didn't make plays down the stretch we needed to make, and Vanderbilt did."

Win special teams

The Bulldogs lost the game because they lost the special teams battle. Andy Bailey missed a 38-yard fourth quarter field goal attempt that would have provided a winning margin, and Bryant Hahnfeldt hit a 33-yarder with two seconds left to win the game. The Commodores also doubled Georgia's kickoff return average.

Notable: The Bulldogs are not ranked in the 25-team BCS rankings, which were released for the first time this season Sunday. The highest-ranked SEC team is Auburn at No. 4, followed by Florida at No. 6. … Former walk-on Jason Johnson will be Georgia's third-string running back behind Kregg Lumpkin and Danny Ware. … Georgia may increase the playing time of backup safety CJ Byrd, Richt said. … Georgia is now 66-17-2 all-time in Homecoming games.

Quotable: "I know nobody is going to be tooting our horns after a loss like this. We just have to stick together. That's the key." – senior defensive end Quentin Moses

Up next: vs. Mississippi State, Saturday, 1 p.m., Sanford Stadium

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