Scores

Final

Georgia 34

(4-3, 3-2 SEC)

Vanderbilt 10

(2-5, 0-4 SEC)

Coverage: GamePlan

12:21 PM ET, October 17, 2009

Vanderbilt Stadium, Nashville, TN

1 2 3 4 T
UGA 7 10 3 1434
VAN 0 3 7 010

Top Performers

Passing: J. Cox (UGA) - 226 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: W. Ealey (JVST) - 13 CAR, 71 YDS

Receiving: A. Green (UGA) - 3 REC, 95 YDS, 1 TD

Georgia stomps Vandy to snap two-game skid

Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Georgia Bulldogs are back on the winning track, getting a nice little tuneup just in time before their game against top-ranked Florida.

Joe Cox threw two touchdown passes, including one to Caleb King who scored twice, and Georgia beat Vanderbilt 34-10 on Saturday to snap a two-game skid.

The Bulldogs (4-3, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) came to the right place to end their longest skid since the 2006 season. Vanderbilt (2-5, 0-4) managed its most points against an SEC defense this season, but Georgia has dominated this series and won for the 14th time in 15 seasons.

Cox started slowly, missing on his first four passes with one interception. The senior got going with a short toss out to the league's top receiver, and A.J. Green took it 65 yards untouched for a TD in the first as the Bulldogs never trailed.

This was Georgia's second straight trip to the Volunteer State coming off a 45-19 loss at Tennessee three hours east. The Bulldogs' two-game skid was their first since dropping games to Florida and Kentucky in consecutive weeks in 2006.

Georgia, which came in ranked 100th nationally in scoring defense, came up with three sacks and an interception that set up the Bulldogs' first TD.

Now the Bulldogs go into their open date having improved the series record against Vanderbilt to 50-18-2 and coach Mark Richt now 8-1 vs. the Commodores. That gives a nice boost of confidence to an offense that had scored just two TDs in the previous 11 quarters.

The Bulldogs will play Florida on Oct. 31.

Georgia outgained Vanderbilt 399-296 on offense, and it came against a Commodores defense ranked 22nd nationally. Vanderbilt had been allowing just 288.3 yards per game and was even stingier against the pass, second in the country. Cox finished 16 of 31 for 226 yards.

The TD pass to Green was the longest in the careers for both, and that seemed to get the senior quarterback going. He completed three straight passes to set up Caleb King's 2-yard TD run in the second for a 14-3 lead. Cox later helped clinch the win with a screen pass to Caleb King that the running back took 21 yards for a 27-10 lead.

Blair Walsh kicked two field goals, and Fred Munzenmaier added a 9-yard TD run for Georgia.

Vanderbilt tried a few tricks looking for its first SEC win and to keep alive its faint hopes of the first back-to-back bowl berths in school history. Coach Bobby Johnson faked a punt, letting Brett Upson run for a first down at midfield and got it. He also tried to boost his offense by starting Jamie Graham at wide receiver for the first time this season after focusing solely on defense.

It wasn't enough as the Commodores lost their third straight. They got within the Georgia 28 twice in the first half and had to settle for a 41-yard field goal from Ryan Fowler while turning it over on downs on the other drive.

They opened the third quarter with their longest drive this season, eating up four minutes, 16 seconds before Smith found Brandon Barden with a 5-yard TD pass that was just his third of 2009.

Georgia immediately answered with a drive capped by Walsh's second field goal, a 43-yarder for a 20-10 lead.

A week after Brandon Boykin scored on a kickoff return, Prince Miller provided the excitement on punt returns. He had a 55-yarder in the first half, and his 40-yarder to the Vanderbilt 31 at the start of the fourth quarter set up Cox's final TD pass.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UGA
VAN
1st Downs1916
Total Yards399296
Passing226174
Rushing173122
Penalties8-714-42
3rd Down Conversions7-153-15
4th Down Conversions1-11-3
Turnovers11
Possession32:4527:15

Passing Leaders

GeorgiaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Cox16/312267.321
VanderbiltC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Smith11/261214.711

Rushing Leaders

GeorgiaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ealey13715.5033
Jackson33812.7019
VanderbiltCARYDSAVGTDLG
Norman14523.7011
Smith10323.2021

Receiving Leaders

GeorgiaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Green39531.7165
Wooten13535.0035
VanderbiltRECYDSAVGTDLG
Barden5499.8113
Norman22713.5024

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUGAVAN
TD03:27A.J. Green 65 Yd Pass From Joe Cox (Blair Walsh Kick) 70
SECOND QUARTERUGAVAN
FG13:12Ryan Fowler 41 Yd 73
TD09:48Caleb King 2 Yd Run (Blair Walsh Kick) 143
FG00:07Blair Walsh 42 Yd 173
THIRD QUARTERUGAVAN
TD10:44Brandon Barden 5 Yd Pass From Larry Smith (Ryan Fowler Kick) 1710
FG04:17Blair Walsh 43 Yd 2010
FOURTH QUARTERUGAVAN
TD11:45Caleb King 21 Yd Pass From Joe Cox (Blair Walsh Kick) 2710
TD03:50Fred Munzenmaier 9 Yd Run (Blair Walsh Kick) 3410