GAMEDAY College Football

Georgia 55, Vanderbilt 0

(AP Photo/Brett Davis)

By PAUL NEWBERRY
AP Sports Writer

ATLANTA - Stetson Bennett threw for 289 yards and two touchdowns - his first scoring passes in nearly a month - and Georgia stamped its return to No. 1 with a 55-0 rout of Vanderbilt.

Georgia (7-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) led 28-0 at halftime and blew out the Commodores after three straight weeks of rather lackluster performances.

Bennett was nearly perfect in the first half, completing 18 of 20 for 211 yards. Darnell Washington came up big with four catches for 78 yards, including a one-handed dazzler.

Bennett hooked up with Kenny McIntosh on an 11-yard scoring play - the quarterback's first TD pass in four weeks - and followed with a 10-yard scoring toss to Dominick Blaylock.

McIntosh added a 7-yard scoring run, while Daijun Edwards powered in from the 1 to spark a second-half exodus for red-clad Georgia fans looking to beat the traffic.

Carson Beck took over for Bennett in the final quarter, throwing two more touchdown passes that merely added to Vandy's pain.

The Commodores (3-4, 0-3) dropped their 24th straight game in the SEC. They last won a conference game on Oct 19, 2019, beating Missouri 21-14.

At the halftime break, Georgia held a commanding 296-72 edge in total yards and 16-4 advantage in first downs.

The Bulldogs defense posted its second shutout of the season, limiting Vandy to just 45 yards rushing and 150 overall.

Georgia piled up 579 total yards.

The Bulldogs moved back to No. 1 in The Associated Press rankings this week, having spent a single week in the second spot behind Alabama.

After starting the season with three dominant victories, which led some to speculate that this team was better than last season's national champions, the Bulldogs had a tougher time against Kent State, Missouri and Auburn.

Georgia returned to early season form in its homecoming game against the overmatched Commodores.

That was nothing new in this series. Georgia won 62-0 last year and has outscored Vandy 233-33 over the last four meetings.

The Commodores last scored a TD against Georgia in 2018. They have gone three full games since then without reaching the end zone.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Georgia certainly did nothing to endanger its No. 1 ranking, but the schedule looks a lot tougher the rest of the way. Three of the last five regular-season opponents are ranked in the Top 25.

THE TAKEAWAY

Vanderbilt: Coach Clark Lea keeps talking optimistically about the improvement of his downtrodden program. He's apparently the only one who can see it. The Commodores went three-and-out on six of their 11 possessions and crossed midfield only two times. One drive ended with a fumble, the other a missed field goal.

Georgia: Sure, the blowout came against the SEC's worst program, but there wasn't much for coach Kirby Smart to complain about. All three phases of the game were highly efficient.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter VandyUGa
UGa TD 10:01 Kenny McIntosh 11 yard TD pass from Stetson Bennett (Jack Podlesny Extra Point) 0 7
UGa TD 1:40 Kenny McIntosh 7 yard TD run (Jack Podlesny Extra Point) 0 14
Second Quarter VandyUGa
UGa TD 9:00 Daijun Edwards 1 yard TD run (Jack Podlesny Extra Point) 0 21
UGa TD 1:06 Dominick Blaylock 10 yard TD pass from Stetson Bennett (Jack Podlesny Extra Point) 0 28
Third Quarter VandyUGa
UGa FG 9:09 Jack Podlesny 28 yard field goal 0 31
UGa FG 1:40 Jack Podlesny 35 yard field goal 0 34
Fourth Quarter VandyUGa
UGa TD 13:33 Dillon Bell 24 yard TD pass from Carson Beck (Jack Podlesny Extra Point) 0 41
UGa TD 7:21 Arik Gilbert 4 yard TD pass from Carson Beck (Jack Podlesny Extra Point) 0 48
UGa TD 1:31 Cash Jones 36 yard TD run (Jack Podlesny Extra Point) 0 55
Team Stats
  Vanderbilt Georgia
First downs 11 30
  Rushing 2 7
  Passing 6 22
  Penalty 3 1
3rd Down Efficiency 5-13, 38% 8-13, 62%
4th down efficiency 0-1, 0% 1-1, 100%
Rushes-Yards 23-45 38-192
Passing Yards 105 387
Return Yards 0 59
Completions-Attempts-Int 12-24-0 32-41-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 1-9 2-11
Punts 7 1
Fumbles Lost 1-1 1-0
Penalties - Yards 5-42 3-29
Vanderbilt Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
A. Swann 12 23 105 0 0
M. Wright 0 1 0 0 0
Georgia Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
S. Bennett 24 30 289 2 0
C. Beck 8 11 98 2 0
Vanderbilt Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
R. Davis 12 29 2.4 0
J. McGowan 2 12 6.0 0
M. Wright 2 6 3.0 0
P. Smith 5 4 0.8 0
A. Swann 2 -6 -3.0 0
Georgia Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Edwards 10 49 4.9 1
K. McIntosh 9 43 4.8 1
C. Jones 1 36 36.0 1
B. Robinson 8 34 4.3 0
C. Beck 1 13 13.0 0
S. Clark 2 9 4.5 0
S. Bennett 6 9 1.5 0
Vanderbilt Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
W. Sheppard 3 45 15.0 0
R. Davis 2 20 10.0 0
B. Bresnahan 1 12 12.0 0
Q. Skinner Jr. 1 11 11.0 0
P. Smith 3 10 3.3 0
J. McGowan 2 7 3.5 0
Georgia Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Washington 4 78 19.5 0
D. Bell 5 54 10.8 1
L. McConkey 4 49 12.3 0
M. Rosemy-Jacksaint 3 48 16.0 0
D. Blaylock 2 35 17.5 1
K. Jackson 2 35 17.5 0
J. Meeks 2 25 12.5 0
K. McIntosh 2 20 10.0 1
A. Gilbert 2 16 8.0 1
B. Bowers 4 15 3.8 0
D. Morrissette 2 12 6.0 0
Vanderbilt Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Georgia Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Vanderbilt Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Hayball 7 341 48.7
Georgia Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
B. Thorson 1 36 36.0
Vanderbilt Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Georgia Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
L. McConkey 3 30 10.0
K. Jackson 2 29 14.5
Vanderbilt Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Georgia Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Vanderbilt Missed FG
Player Length
J. Bulovas 44
Georgia Missed FG
Player Length




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