NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Visiting No. 2 Georgia put up 35 points in less than 12 minutes to begin the day Saturday and never looked back in a 62-0 win over Vanderbilt at Vanderbilt Stadium.
The Commodores turned the ball over twice in the first quarter and didn’t earn a first down until the end of the opening period. Georgia scored a touchdown on each of its first five drives to leave no doubt.
Vandy (1-3, 0-1 SEC) returns home at 6:30 p.m. Saturday to host Connecticut (0-4).
On this Saturday, Georgia (4-0, 2-0 SEC) opened the scoring by marching 37 yards to the Vandy 12 where tight end Brock Bowers took an end around past right end for a touchdown run making it 7-0. Three minutes later, on a third-down play, JT Daniels found Bowers on a 25-yard touchdown pass putting the Bulldogs up 14-0 midway through the opening period.
Vanderbilt return man James Ziglor fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Daijun Edwards returned it to the 4 going in. One play later Zamir White plunged in from a yard out making it 21-0.
Vandy’s next offensive play evolved into a Ken Seals interception into the arms of safety Christopher Smith. Moments later Daniels found Ladd McConkey on a 12-yard touchdown pass into the right corner of the end zone making it 28-0.
McConkey put the Bulldogs up 35-0 with a 24-yard touchdown run on a reverse around left end. There remained 3:08 in the first quarter at that point.
But Vanderbilt caught its breath and settled down from there. The Commodore defense got an interception from Ethan Barr and fourth-down stop inside the five to keep Georgia off the scoreboard for much of the second quarter.
Jack Podlesny’s 31-yard field goal just before halftime sent the teams to the locker room with the scoreboard reading 38-0.
Vanderbilt finished with 50 yards of offense – 44 of which were on the ground – in the first half and went 1 of 7 on third down. Georgia, meanwhile, averaged 7.6 yards per play.
The Bulldogs began the third quarter with a 29-yard touchdown pass from Stetson Bennett to Bowers. Kenny McIntosh punched in a 4-yard scoring run less than three minutes later making it 52-0.
Podlesny booted a 36-yard field goal putting the Bulldogs ahead 55-0 going into the fourth quarter.
Edwards scored on a 15-yard touchdown run to begin the fourth quarter putting the Bulldogs up 62-0 and providing the final margin.
Daniels finished 9-for-10 passing for 121 yards and two touchdowns. Bowers made four grabs for 69 yards and two scores.
Vanderbilt, which dropped its 14th SEC game in a row, finished with 77 total yards of offense and went 5 of 18 passing.
- Barr made his first career interception Saturday.
- Maxwell Worship finished with a team-high nine tackles.
- Georgia now leads the series against Vanderbilt 59-20-2.
- Vanderbilt last won an SEC opener in 2011.
- The Commodores have now dropped four in a row to Georgia.
- Vandy last scored a touchdown against Georgia on Oct. 6, 2018.
- Georgia has now shut out Vanderbilt three times since 1976 (45-0, 1976; 43-0, 2010).
- The 62 points scored by Georgia tied for its most ever against Vanderbilt (1984).
- Attendance was announced as 32,178.