Georgia football took Vanderbilt to the woodshed on Saturday as the Dawgs annihilated the Commodores 55-0. For the second time this season, the Dawgs’ defense pitched a shutout, but this offense was the star of the show.
Starting quarterback Stetson Bennett and his offense came out red hot with a lot of energy. Georgia needed to see the offense come out strong, and it did that.
The Dawgs should be proud of themselves for putting together another strong game as they move to 7-0 on the season. Now Georgia can rest this bye week and get some of their guys healthy for what will likely be the toughest stretch of SEC games the Dawgs have had to play in a long time.
However, before we get into the bye week, let’s discuss this game. Georgia dominated. The Dawgs needed to send a message, which is what they did.
Georgia football bullied Vanderbilt back to Nashville.
The Dawgs finished with 579 yards of offense, 387 through the air and 192 on the ground. Georgia averaged 7.3 yards a play, 5.1 yards a rush, 9.4 yards a passing attempt and 12.1 yards a completion against the Commodores. There is really no other way to describe this performance outside Georgia demoralized the Commodores.
Georgia’s defense held the Commodores to 45 rushing, 105 passing and 150 total yards. Vanderbilt recorded just 10 first downs and converted 5-of-13 third downs. The Dawgs recorded one sack and four tackles for loss.
It was a stout performance by the Dawgs, and getting another shutout should give them a lot of confidence moving forward. However, the Dawgs’ offense gained some much-needed confidence too, and they put on an impressive performance. We saw Bennett be the quarterback Georgia needs him to be, and the Dawgs got to see Carson Beck do a little work toward the end of the game.
Both quarterbacks were on point and in the zone. Bennett went 24-of-30 for 289 yards and two touchdowns. He completed 80% of his passes, which is much better than what we have seen. Beck completed 8-of-11 passes for 98 yards and two scores.
Georgia had 11 receivers that caught at least two passes. It’s good to see them spread the wealth and use so many guys. It helps down the stretch for the quarterback to have multiple players he can trust to make plays, and this game was a great confidence booster for those receivers.
Darnell Washington led the Dawgs with four catches for 78 yards, including a 33-yard one-handed snag that was jaw-dropping.
Dillon Bell had the most catches on the day, with five for 54 yards and one score. Kenny McIntosh scored the Dawgs’ first two touchdowns — one rushing and one passing. Arik Gilbert scored his first touchdown for the Dawgs and recorded two catches for 16 yards. Dominick Blaylock caught two passes and his first touchdown pass in three seasons.
It was so good to see the Dawgs get the ball into some of these guys’ hands. Georgia has to see these guys step up in the next few weeks, so this game was great to see.
On the ground, Daijun Edwards led the team with 10 carries for 49 yards and one score. McIntosh recorded nine carries for 43 yards and his touchdown. Cash Jones took it 36 yards to the house late in the fourth quarter to make it 55-0.
Georgia ran Vanderbilt out of Athens, and it’s evident the Commodores wished they could have canceled this game as they did in 2020. Too bad they couldn’t, as the Dawgs shut them out and outscored them 117-0 in the last two seasons.
The Dawgs are 7-0 and will get a much-deserving off week before heading down to Jacksonville to take on the Gators.