ATHENS, GA– No. 1 Georgia took on Vanderbilt in Nashville, TN for their last road test before the bye week and the midway mark of the season.

Vanderbilt has an early spark by scoring on their first drive. The Dawgs gave a few scares themselves, but they came out with a road victory before entering their bye week.

 

OFFENSE

 

The Bulldogs entered this game coming off their best offensive performance of the season against Kentucky.

The Dawgs did not look as sharp despite putting up big numbers. That of course is partially due to injuries to Brock Bowers, Kendall Milton, and Xavier Truss. But, they also fumbled the ball three times in the first half which helped the Commodores stay close.

Georgia was once again effective on third down (11-for-16) and scored on nearly every red zone drive (7-for-8). The only red zone drive that they did not complete was the one at the end of the game, because they elected to let time expire.

Carson Beck turned the ball over twice, but he still showed poise in the pocket. One trait that is essential for quarterbacks is short-term memory and the ability to bounce back from mistakes. Beck certainly has that.

Georgia put up over 500 total yards for the second straight week with 542 (261 passing & 281 rushing). Kirby Smart mentioned postgame that he was very happy with the offense overall, because they did not have to punt the ball once.

Daijun Edwards stepped up big time as the lead back when Milton (MCL) exited the game. Edwards rushed for 146 yards on 20 carries and scored a touchdown.

Beck continues to show efficiency, but obviously had costly turnovers in the beginning and end of the game. As long as he cleans that up and important pieces (Bowers, Mims, Milton, Truss, Robinson, etc.) get healthy during the bye week, Georgia will have an explosive offensive attack in the second half of the season.

 

DEFENSE

 

The Georgia defense gave up three touchdowns to Vanderbilt. However, one of those was set up by a late interception by Carson Beck returned to the 1-yard line.

Vanderbilt came in with a 2-5 record, but they have a very underrated offense. Ken Seals came in with an impressive numbers so far this season, and the Commodores have a talented, speedy receiving core.

The Bulldogs still held the Commodores attack to 219 total yards (201 passing & 18 rushing). Tykee Smith and Smael Mondon were the main tone-setters playing physical and coming up with big stops.

They held the Commodores to only two third-down conversions on nine attempts. The Dawgs defense also owned the Commodores on first down holding them to 3.2 yards per first down play.

Georgia’s defense still needs to find a way to create more quarterback pressures to help the coverage on the back end. On the bright side, they are relatively healthy on this side of the ball. Defensively, the Dawgs’ toughest tests are coming up, especially with Tennessee and Ole Miss.

 

Offensive Player of the Game: RB Daijun Edwards- 20 rushes 146 yards 1 TD; 7-yard reception

Defensive Player of the Game: S Tykee Smith- 5 tackles (3 solo), 1 INT, 1 QB hurry