ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Except for one series, David Greene played
about as well as he can for Georgia.
It helps to have a pair of 100-yard runners in the backfield --
and Vanderbilt on the opposite side of the line.
Greene passed for two touchdowns and ran for another, leading
the Bulldogs (No. 8 ESPN/USA Today, No. 12 AP) to a 33-3 rout of lowly Vanderbilt on
Greene found plenty of room to pass when the Commodores began
crowding the line, trying without much success to stop Georgia's
freshmen running backs.
Danny Ware rushed for 127 yards and Thomas Brown had 122,
including a touchdown. They were the first pair of Bulldog runners
to go over 100 yards in the same game since Garrison Hearst and
Mack Strong in 1992.
"That's big," Ware said. "We want to do that every game."
The Bulldogs (5-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) bounced back
from their first loss of the season, a 19-14 setback to Tennessee.
Greene became just the sixth player in SEC history to pass for
10,000 yards in his career. He also picked up his 37th victory,
breaking a tie with College Football Hall of Famer Johnny Rauch as
the winningest quarterback in Georgia history.
"Wins are the thing," said Greene, just two wins away from
Peyton Manning's NCAA record. "For a quarterback, that's what
you're always going to be judged by. Wins mean more to me than
The left-hander has struggled much of the season, coming into
the game as only the ninth-rated quarterback in the SEC. But Greene
had the right opponent to pad his numbers.
Vanderbilt (1-5, 1-3) is only one defeat from its 22nd straight
losing season. Georgia piled up a season-high 527 yards, holding
the Commodores to just 187.
Greene played seven possessions in the game, leading the
Bulldogs to four touchdowns and a field goal, while another drive
reached Vandy territory before stalling.
The only time Greene looked out of sync was when he threw three
straight incompletions late in the second quarter.
"I felt like I played great except for one drive," he said.
Greene completed 14 of 21 for 191 yards, including a pair of
touchdowns in the third quarter that put the game out of reach.
Georgia scored on its first two possessions and led 16-3 at
halftime. The Bulldogs followed the same script in the second half.
Greene finished off an eight-play, 80-yard drive with a 22-yard
pass to Leonard Pope, the first touchdown of the sophomore's career
and a 23-3 lead.
On Georgia's next possession, Greene faced fourth-and-2 at the
Vandy 38. He faked a handoff and lofted a perfect pass to Reggie
Brown, who beat cornerback Bill Alford in the left corner of the
The Commodores had lost their previous three games by three
points each, squandering second-half leads every time. They were
never close in this one.
Serving the role of homecoming fodder, Vanderbilt lost to
Georgia for the 10th straight year.
"Obviously, we had a hard time matching up with them,"
Commodores coach Bobby Johnson said. "Georgia is very good on
defense. They made it very hard to run the ball."
The Bulldogs made quick work of this one. Vandy went
three-and-out on its first possession, and Georgia drove 56 yards
with hardly any resistance. Thomas Brown scored on a 12-yard run
and went on to the first 100-yard game of his young career.
Another three-and-out by the Commodores, followed by a short
punt, gave Georgia the ball at its own 45. Ware ran 22 yards to
convert one third down, then Greene took matters into his own hands
on third-and-goal at the 2.
Checking into a different play when he spotted an opening up the
middle, Greene took the shotgun snap and ran for the touchdown.
"Obviously, they didn't think I was going to run the
football," Greene said. "When I saw what coverage they were in, I
switched to the quarterback draw. I was really untouched."
Georgia's offense finally stumbled when Ware fumbled and the
Commodores recovered at their own 3. Not to worry. On the very next
play, Vanderbilt went with a curious call -- a run out of the
shotgun -- and Jeff Jennings was wrapped up in the end zone by Danny
Verdun Wheeler for a safety, pushing the Bulldogs' lead to 16-0.
Vanderbilt avoided a shutout when Patrick Johnson kicked a
42-yard field goal with about four minutes left in the half. But
Johnson also missed from 42 and 35 yards.
Andy Bailey kicked a late 40-yard field goal for the final
A couple of troubling signs for the Bulldogs: 13 penalties for
130 yards and four fumbles, though they lost only one.
Georgia will play its next four games away from home -- its
longest stretch on the road since 1965. They'll head off with their
"Tennessee was a very tough loss for us," safety Thomas Davis
said. "But we weren't going to sit there and dwell on it. ... We
came back and did a great job."