Whatever problems Mark Richt and Georgia Bulldogs have endured this season, the last two weeks have been the perfect medicine – a satisfying beatdown to the Tennessee Vols on October 9th and a 43-0 shutout win against Vanderbilt a week later.
Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham was very pleased that the Bulldogs got the shutout, because it sends a positive message and establishes a positve mindset.
“I thought the shutout was important … because that’s a statement,” Grantham said. “To be the kind of defense we want to be and the kind of defense I feel we can be, I think you need to do those kinds of things.”
Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray put forth another strong performance as he completed 15 of 24 passes for 287 yards and two touchdowns.
The rout was so complete even fellow freshman quarterback Hutson Mason got a chance to play and went 4 for 4 in limited playing time.
Georgia scored early and often and quickly built onto a 3-0 lead as seldom-used Carlton Thomas had his most eventful day as Bulldog by scoring the first of two touchdowns on a 15-yard run to make the score 10-0. The 5’7 sophomore ran the ball four times for 40 yards.
With Caleb King suspended for two games, Washun Ealey emerged to give the Bulldogs a strong effort as he rushed 17 times for 123 yards.
Another offensive star turned out to be senior tight end Kris Durham who registered his third game surpassing the century mark. Durham finished the game with four receptions for 123 yards which including a 4-yard touchdown reception.
On a side note Durham was named as a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy that recognizes a senior or graduate student who is a first-team varisty player and has a GPA of 3.2 or more.
Georgia (3 and 4 overall, 2 and 3 Southeastern Conference) will travel to Kentucky next Saturday, October 23rd.
Vanderbilt (2 and 4, 1 and 2) lost for the 15th time in the last 16 meetings against the Georgia Bulldogs.
Next week, Vanderbilt will host South Carolina on Saturday, October 23rd.