Vanderbilt Commodores Give Georgia Bulldogs a Fight; Georgia Wins 24-14

NC Nighthawk@NC Nighthawk (my Xbox gamertag)Analyst IOctober 18, 2008

Nothing has come too easily for the Georgia Bulldogs in the SEC this season.

The 2008 BCS Standings debut on Sunday, Oct. 19.  The voters won’t be moved by Georgia’s uneven performance against Vanderbilt.

Georgia will have opportunities to impress the voters when they travel to LSU next week and on Nov. 1 vs. Florida.

Tenth-ranked Georgia turned aside No. 22 Vanderbilt, 24-14, Saturday on Homecoming in Sanford Stadium.  For the third straight year, the Commodores put up quite a fight.

Vanderbilt and Georgia played for the first time with both ranked in a series that began in 1893, but the Commodores could fall from the rankings after being in the AP poll four straight weeks for the first time in program history.

Georgia got two touchdown passes from quarterback Matthew Stafford and also a rushing touchdown from running back Knowshon Moreno to hold off Vanderbilt 24-14 on Saturday at Sanford Stadium.

The Bulldogs (6-1, 3-1 SEC) sealed the victory with 17 seconds, remaining as kicker Blair Walsh converted on a 40-yard field goal.

Stafford passed for 194 yards, including a 17-yard touchdown to receiver A.J. Green and a 9-yard scoring pass to receiver Mohamed Massaquoi. Green finished with 132 yards receiving, including a 49-yarder to set up his touchdown. 

Moreno had an 11-yard touchdown run for the Bulldogs. He concluded the game with 172 yards on 23 carries.  The touchdowns by Green and Massaquoi were set up by interceptions from safety Reshad Jones and linebacker Darius Dewberry.

Vanderbilt’s touchdowns both came on scoring passes from quarterback Mackenzi Adams to receiver Jamie Graham. The Commodores lost their second straight to fall to 5-2 and 3-2.

Georgia was flagged three times for pass interference, but the nation’s most penalized team had a season-low five penalties for 47 yards.

Vanderbilt was denied for the second straight week becoming bowl eligible for the first time since 1982. Next try comes next Saturday against Duke.

The Bulldogs are bowl eligible for the 12th straight season, but their ultimate goal remains the BCS national title game in Miami.

The Bulldogs’ next four games are away from home, and they won’t play again in Sanford Stadium for six weeks until the season finale against Georgia Tech.


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