Vanderbilt rally stuns Georgia

Vanderbilt 31, No. 15 Georgia 27

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Georgia’s special teams shortcomings were too much to overcome this time.

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Georgia running back Brendan Douglas (left) fumbles the ball as he is hit by Vanderbilt's Jake Sealand. Vanderbilt beat Georgia for the first time since 1991.  MARK HUMPHREY/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Georgia running back Brendan Douglas (left) fumbles the ball as he is hit by Vanderbilt's Jake Sealand. Vanderbilt beat Georgia for the first time since 1991.

It not only might end up costing the Bulldogs a chance to return to the Southeastern Conference Championship Game but it could have changed the entire complexion of their season.

The No. 15 Bulldogs blew a 13-point fourth-quarter lead Saturday when Trent Frix’s high snap hit off punter Collin Barber and went over his head.

Vanderbilt recovered and scored on the next play on a 13-yard touchdown run by Jerron Seymour with 2:53 left. The go-ahead touchdown helped the Commodores upset No. 15 Georgia 31-27.

“It’s definitely one that’s going to hit us deep,” Georgia outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins said. “We thought we had it won. We should have won. Some unfortunate things happened today, and we’ve just got to come back ready to work.”

Georgia (4-3, 3-2) has gone from a top-10 team and national title contender just nine days ago to a team one game over .500 that could fall out of the polls today.

The Bulldogs couldn’t overcome two controversial targeting penalties, four total yards of offense in the fourth quarter from the injury-depleted unit and three big special teams mistakes.

“Definitely very stunning,” said quarterback Aaron Murray, who completed 16 of 28 passes for a season-low 114 yards with an interception. “It’s hard.”

Vanderbilt also scored a touchdown after recovering a punt fumbled by Damian Swann at Georgia’s 36 and on a second quarter fake field goal.

Georgia lost for the first time at Vanderbilt (4-3, 1-3) since 1991 and the second time in its past 19 meetings.

The Bulldogs beat Tennes­­-see and North Texas despite having punts blocked for touchdowns and a kickoff return for touchdown.

Not this time.

“Any time you turn it over or make some type of mistake like that, you would expect that it would cost you,” coach Mark Richt said.

Said safety Corey Moore of the special teams breakdowns: “I know we are struggling a little bit. There’s no excuse. It’s all on us.”

Richt said the special teams didn’t bear more responsibility for the loss than other areas of the team.

“I’m not going to say that,” he said. “I’m going to say we certainly made mistakes on special teams, but it’s a team game. Offense has a responsibility. Defense has a responsibility. Special teams have their responsibility as well. We win as a team, we lose as a team.”

Missouri (7-0, 3-0) holds a two-game lead in the SEC East race over Georgia, South Carolina and Florida, which are all 3-2 in the league. Vanderbilt won despite losing starting quarterback Austyn Carter-Samuels to a leg injury in the first half.

Georgia’s sack leader, Ray Drew, was relegated to the locker room after being ejected for a targeting penalty in the second quarter.

The momentum seemed to belong to Georgia after freshman cornerback Shaq Wiggins’ 39-yard interception return for a touchdown. The Bulldogs opened a 27-14 third-quarter lead after a 23-yard Marshall Morgan field goal, but the Bulldogs couldn’t hold it.

Vanderbilt pulled to 27-21 after Swann fumbled. Another targeting penalty was called on linebacker Ramik Wilson on receiver Jonathan Krause. That was overturned, but the 15-yard penalty stood and the Commodores scored on a 2-yard touchdown run by backup quarterback Patton Robinette.

Chris Conley, Georgia’s best remaining healthy receiver, was injured on the final pass play that was intercepted.

He was on crutches after the game with a sprained right ankle.

“We probably need an off week about now,” Richt said.


DEFENSE – D. On paper, the numbers say Georgia had an OK outing against Vanderbilt – three sacks, five pass break-ups and two interceptions, the first of which was a pick-six by freshman cornerback Shaq Wiggins. But the Bulldogs gave up 17 fourth-quarter points. The special teams mistakes and offensive struggles didn’t do the defense any favors and neither did the two targeting penalties. But the Bulldogs simply couldn’t keep the Commodores from scoring points.

– Morris News Service

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d1zmljqg 10/19/13 - 04:13 pm
Georgia is back

Now this looked like Georgia we are accustom to. Did they even get a 1st down in the 4th quarter? How about those conservative running plays with those 3 and outs? Who was surprised when GA had them stopped (and may have put a dent into the Vandy momentum) when#51 got the unsportsmanlike call?

faithson 10/19/13 - 04:43 pm
bobo's gotta go...

bobo's gotta go...

justthefacts 10/19/13 - 07:29 pm

It's understandable that young backs and young receivers who normally would not set foot on the field are going to fumble, drop passes, run bad routes and miss blocks. We know the defense is terrible. But, the offensive line play and the special team mistakes are inexcusable. This targeting penalty bull will be eliminated next year. It's ridiculous. In neither case was there helmet to helmet. How the heck do you, look at the video, overturn the call, and yet still award the penalty yards. In what bizarro world does that make sense? That alone, despite everything else costs UGA the game. Icing on the cake? Apparently two more starters are gone with injuries.

Bodhisattva 10/20/13 - 05:47 am
Targeting and Initiating

Targeting and Initiating Contact to Head or Neck Area of a
Defenseless Player
ARTICLE 4. No player shall target and initiate contact to the head or neck
area of a defenseless opponent with the helmet, forearm, hand, fist, elbow or
shoulder. When in question, it is a foul (Rules 2-27-14 and 9-6). (A.R. 9-1-4-
PENALTY—15 yards. For dead-ball fouls, 15 yards from the succeeding
spot. Automatic first down for fouls by Team B if not in conflict with other
rules. For fouls in the first half: Disqualification for the remainder of the
game. For fouls in the second half: Disqualification for the remainder of
the game and the first half of the next game. If the foul occurs in the second
half of the last game of the season, players with remaining eligibility shall
serve the suspension during the first game of the following season. The
disqualification is subject to review by Instant Replay (Rule 12-3-5-f). [S38,
S24 and S47]
For games in which Instant Replay is not used: If a player is disqualified
in the second half, the conference may consult the national coordinator of
football officials who would then facilitate a video review. Based on the
review, if the national coordinator concludes that the player should not
have been disqualified, the conference may vacate the suspension. If the
national coordinator supports the disqualification, the suspension for the
next game will remain.
Notes to 9-1-3 and 9-1-4
Note 1: “Targeting” means that a player takes aim at an opponent for purposes
of attacking with an apparent intent that goes beyond making a legal tackle or
a legal block or playing the ball. Some indicators of targeting include but are
not limited to:
• Launch—a player leaving his feet to attack an opponent by an upward and
forward thrust of the body to make contact in the head or neck area
• A crouch followed by an upward and forward thrust to attack with contact at
the head or neck area, even though one or both feet are still on the ground
• Leading with helmet, forearm, fist, hand or elbow to attack with contact at the
head or neck area
• Lowering the head before attacking by initiating contact with the crown of
the helmet

justthefacts 10/20/13 - 07:56 am
Terrible rule

It will be changed in the off season. And in UGA case, none of the above applied.
PS, I thought you were a big Clemson fan. Why haven't you commented over there instead of the UGA board? Don't answer, you dumped Tech, I am not surprised you will now dump Clemson.

d1zmljqg 10/20/13 - 08:06 am
Just wondering

Did Vandy somehow use a wiretap and become the "Offensive Coordinator" in the 4th quarter? They seemed to know the offensive plays better than Georgia. Even the TV announcers admitted Georgia's offensive plays did not make sense.

Einstein's quote on insanity is really clear now, i.e., "Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

avidreader 10/20/13 - 08:45 am
The Kid!

I feel really bad for the Freshman kid from Augusta. The TV camera kept panning over to the bench, repeatedly focusing on his misery. But, there will be better days to come. The kid's got a lot of heart.

Just My Opinion
Just My Opinion 10/20/13 - 08:54 am
just have to

just have to understand the Bobo mind and the way it comes up with the "next great play"!
1st run it up the middle. They won't be expecting that.
2nd run it up the middle. We just did it, so they wont' be expecting that.
3rd run it up the middle. Heck they'd NEVER think of us doing that because we just did it..twice!
Punt...Shoot, how'd they think of the run?? We'll get'em next time with it because they'll NEVER expect us to run again!

That Bobo is an evil offensive genius!!

As a die-hard Dawg fan, all I've got to say is that the start of this season we had pretty much gone on smoke and mirrors! Now that we've been exposed, we'll just be playing for pride now. Too many things have to happen for us to get to the SECC game. At least a boat load of other teams lost yesterday! Since I have to work with fans of them, I'm especially glad Carolina and Clemson lost...only because their fans were getting pretty obnoxious. As far as Vandy, Tennessee, and Missouri, I'm sort of happy for them because the first 2 had been struggling for awhile, and Missouri wasn't good last year and they've turned completely around. I'd like to see Missouri vs Bama in the SECC game.

kiwiinamerica 10/20/13 - 09:30 am
It's been coming.....

This one has been coming, folks. The Georgia "D" has been leaking big numbers every week and they barely got out of jail last week against the Vols. You can't do that every week and expect to continue winning.

Augusta Jacket
Augusta Jacket 10/20/13 - 10:08 am

He should have stayed committed to GT. A commitment is commitment.

Jake 10/20/13 - 11:40 am

Pretty hard to defend UGA based upon it's overall performance this year.
Injuries? Yep, they have been hit hard with them and with most of the stars sitting it out for the rest of the year they cannot expect to out-score the opposition to win.
Penalties? Yep, they seem to get them at the wrong time.
Special Teams? Yep, poor execution in almost every game.
But what it really boils down to, and has since the very first game, is a lack of an effective defense. What happened to the "Junkyard Dawgs"? Where are the skill players on defense?

Augusta Jacket
Augusta Jacket 10/20/13 - 12:23 pm
Not a big Dog Fan, but

The 3-4 defense is great if you can find a dominant nose tackle and in the Dogs case you might need 2. They are hard to come by at the college level--Last year they had a good one, but this year IDK. Without the nose tackle you'll have major problems. The D tackles in 4-3 are much easier to come by. You can do a lot of exotic blitz packages out of the 3-4; I just think it limits you when it comes to stopping the run. I would rather have a 4-3 as my base package.

Clemsondoc 10/20/13 - 02:00 pm
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