ATHENS, Ga. — After a week in which plenty of talk centered on how last year’s Georgia-Vanderbilt game ended with a postgame confrontation, the extracurriculars took a back seat to the one-sided series sticking to form Saturday night.
Georgia did what it’s done for nearly two decades, outclassing the Commodores with a runaway 48-3 victory in Sanford Stadium, the Bulldogs’ 17th in the past 18 games against them.
No Bulldogs win in the series dating to 1893 was bigger than this, matching a 45-0 win in 1976.
Vanderbilt was penalty-prone and offensively challenged to start.
Georgia was crisp on offense and stout on defense.
Before the beatdown was over, the Bulldogs had scored 40 or more points in four consecutive games for the first time in program history.
Georgia ran its record to 4-0 for the first time since 2008 and upped its mark in the Southeastern Conference to 2-0.
Aaron Murray completed his first 12 passes and finished 18 of 24 for 250 yards and two touchdowns. Todd Gurley rushed for 130 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries, including a 29-yard run in which the freshman broke four tackles on the way to the end zone.
Vanderbilt coach James Franklin and Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, who had their run-in after last year’s 33-28 Bulldogs win in Nashville, remained on their best behavior this time. They shook hands briefly after the game.
Vanderbilt’s last five SEC losses were by a combined 23 points, including a 33-28 Georgia win last year in Nashville.
Georgia dealt Franklin his largest loss in his two seasons with the Commodores. Up 45, most of Georgia’s starters were still on the field when Vanderbilt quarterback Jordan Rodgers’ 3-yard touchdown run with 10:39 left was wiped out when it was ruled to be a fumble out of the end zone and the Bulldogs got the ball on the touchback.
On deck is Derek Dooley and Tennesseeat 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Athens.
Georgia is expected to get back safety Bacarri Rambo and linebacker Alec Ogletree after four-game suspensions.