Washaun Ealey. Georgia’s sophomore tailback was starting only because Caleb King was suspended. But Ealey came through, rushing for 123 yards, the best single-game total for a Bulldog this season. A lot of it came on a 58-yard run in the first quarter, but Ealey’s running was fairly consistent — and he didn’t fumble.
Ealey’s 58-yard run on Georgia’s third drive. It was only 3-0 at that point, but Ealey’s run set up a 15-yard touchdown run by Carlton Thomas, and the rout was on from there. It was the longest run from scrimmage all season for the Bulldogs’ offense, whose tailbacks had failed to have much burst until Ealey’s run.
Georgia had A.J. Green on one side, but on its first offensive play it elected to call a deep pass the other side to Kris Durham. Quarterback Aaron Murray faked a handoff, then pumped, then found Durham downfield for a 55-yard catch. The play seemed to remind Vanderbilt that it had to watch not only Green but Durham, and it left the middle of the field vulnerable to the running game and short passes by Murray.
Quote of the game
“A shutout in any level of football is not easy to do, and I’m really proud of not only our defensive coaches and players but the entire team. Because you don’t get a shutout if you throw a pick-six. You don’t get a shutout if you fumble it on a kickoff return. You don’t get a shutout if you don’t play really well, all the way around our football team.”
— Georgia coach Mark Richt
By the numbers
Georgia’s rushing yards, 96 more than its season average entering the day.
Georgia posted its second straight homecoming shutout. Last year, the Bulldogs blanked Tennessee Tech 38-0.
Following Georgia’s fifth touchdown of the day, place-kicker Blair Walsh made his 115th straight PAT, breaking the school record that was set by Brandon Coutu.
— Seth Emerson