Georgia Holds Vandy to 77 Yards of Offense in 62-0 Win Over Commodores
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Georgia coach Kirby Smart spent the week talking about Mike Tyson, pushing his Bulldogs to start fast and play up to the standard he wants this season.
His Bulldogs did just that.
JT Daniels threw for 121 yards and two touchdowns playing only the first quarter as No. 2 Georgia dominated Vanderbilt 62-0 Saturday in the Bulldogs’ biggest win in a series that started in 1893.
This game was effectively over when Georgia (4-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) led 35-0 after the first quarter. The Bulldogs started three of four drives in Vandy territory. They recovered a fumble on a kickoff to set up one TD, then Christopher Smith intercepted a pass to set up a second TD less than 30 seconds later.
“You got to be elite all the time,” Smart said. “You can’t be some of the time. It’s not how elite teams play, and our guys embrace that and I was proud of them.”Bulldogs’ fans turned this into their home away from Sanford Stadium in what Smart called an “incredible” turnout with Georgia red even in seats behind the Vanderbilt bench. They got to watch the Bulldogs post their first shutout this season, forcing Vandy three-and-out nine times.
Georgia nearly had more points than Vandy managed yards, outgaining the Commodores 524-77 no matter how deep Smart substituted.
“We say nobody in our end zone,” Georgia linebacker Nolan Smith said. “That’s the standard, that follows for everybody.”
Vanderbilt (1-3, 0-1) lost its fourth straight to Georgia and its 14th straight SEC game, a skid that could be longer if COVID issues hadn’t forced Vandy to cancel its visit on Georgia’s Senior Day last season. A program that won in Athens in 2016 showed how much rebuilding first-year coach Clark Lea faces.
“We came out flat, we turned the ball over, we made mistakes especially in the special teams area,” Lea said. “And look. It doesn’t matter who you play against. You’re setting yourself up for disappointment. For me, this isn’t about them. It’s about us. It’s about how we perform.”