We’ve looked back at the game’s ebb-and-flow, and here’s how the numbers came out.
Aaron Murray had a fair game with 22 completions on 38 attempts (58%), 326 yards (8.58/att), and three touchdowns to one interception. His first quarter fit the “slow start” sterotype with 2-of-5 passing for 20 yards. His first sustained run of success came late in the first half on Georgia’s second touchdown drive. Murray was 5-of-7 for 60 yards on the up-tempo drive.
The Dawgs managed only 117 yards on the ground. Samuel led the team with 53 yards on 15 carries. Crowell, suspended for the first part of the game, added 35 yards on 10 carries with most of his yardage coming on a single 24-yard carry on a second quarter field goal drive. Carlton Thomas contributed 18 yards, primarily on Georgia’s first scoring drive late in the first quarter.
Marlon Brown was the star for Georgia with two long touchdown receptions and 121 yards. Brown recorded over half his 2011 yardage and two of his three 2011 touchdowns in this game. Michael Bennett actually led the team with seven receptions. King and Charles each contributed five catches.
Larry Smith started the game and was pulled after throwing 5-for-10, 24 yards, and two interceptions. Through Rodgers proved far more dangerous running the ball, he was even worse than Smith throwing it. Rodgers only completed 4 of 19 passes for 47 yards, and he threw the late interception to Rambo. As a team, Vandy was 11-of-31 (35%) for 149 yards with one touchdown on three interceptions. Two of Vanderbilt’s 11 completions came on the trick plays that led to their first touchdown, and those two completions – thrown by a punter and tailback – were Vanderbilt’s longest pass plays of the day.
The Commodores did most of their damage on the ground. Zac Stacy had a solid 97 yards on 17 carries and punched in a second-half touchdown. They had a nice 29-yard run using cornerback Casey Hayward that was wasted. Rodgers made his biggest impact here in the running game. He carried 11 times and finished with 80 yards, 40 of which came on a single run in the 4th quarter. The team combined for 200 yards on the ground.
Vandy had no receiver with more than 46 yards, and the receiver with the second-highest yardage total was the long-snapper.
Neither team did much in the punt return game, though each team recovered a blocked/muffed punt. The difference really shows up in kickoff returns. Vanderbilt got 210 yards on 8 returns, highlighted of course by Hal’s touchdown. Boykin averaged 18 yards per return on four inconsequential returns for Georgia. Six of Georgia’s drives ended with field goal attempts, and Walsh made four of them, missing on kicks from 50 and 42 yards out.
Other stats of note:
- Georgia found themselves in a nail-biter despite winning the turnover battle 4-1 (including Vandy’s muffed punt).
- The game got chippy at times, and Georgia was penalized 11 times for 89 yards. Vandy earned 50 penalty yards on 7 flags.
- Vanderbilt was only 4-of-12 on third down, but they were a perfect 2-of-2 on fourth down, including the fake punt.