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NEWS & NOTES FROM UGA Vs. Vanderbilt
*Season Openers and Series History: With tonight’s 30-6 victory, the Bulldogs improve to 96-27-3 in season openers including 4-0 under Kirby Smart. Georgia is now 58-20-2 in the all-time series with Vanderbilt including 27-12-2 in Nashville. Tonight marked Georgia’s first season opener versus an SEC team since 1995 and the first time an SEC season-opener on the road since 1994. Also of note, Georgia has extended its streak to 14 consecutive wins over SEC Eastern Division teams, dating back to the 2016 season. Georgia is now 19-6 in the SEC regular season under Smart and 33-10 overall.
*Fromm On Target: Junior QB Jake Fromm was efficient in the first half, completing 8-of-12 for 103 yards and 1 TD and finished the night 15-for-23 for 156 yards and 1 TD as the offense ended the night with 481 yards on 63 plays. He led Georgia to TD drives in the first three possessions of the contest to build a 21-0 lead. The first one was eight plays, 75 yards in 3:59, and the second tallied 10 plays for 89 yards in 5:34 while the third covered 80 yards in seven plays in 4:03. The leading receiver in the first half was Matt Landers (2-for-26), the first two of his career.
*Bulldog Firsts:Junior Demetris Robertson’s first career catch as a Bulldog resulted in a 3-yard TD from Jake Fromm. He finished with three for 23 yards and a score. Last year, Robertson’s first career touch as a Bulldog resulted in a 72-yard rushing TD in the season-opening win over Austin Peay. Redshirt sophomore Matt Landers notched his first career catch for 11 yards. Graduate transfer Lawrence Cager notched a 38-yard catch for his first as a Bulldog in the 2ndquarter. In the third quarter, redshirt freshman RB Zamir White made his debut with a 3-yard rush. Graduate transfer TE Eli Wolf made his first catch as a Bulldog for 11 yards in the fourth quarter.
*Swift Rushing Attack: Georgia tallied 146 yards on the ground in the first half and finished the night with 325 yards. Junior D’Andre Swift led the way with 149 yards on 16 carries (9.3 avg.). He had a 36-yard scamper early in the third quarter that pushed him over 100 yards for the night for the fifth time in his career. Sophomore James Cook scampered in from 18 yards for his third career rushing TD to make it 14-0 with 0:56 left in the first quarter. Cook collected the first two catches of his career for 13 yards in the first half.
*Defense: In the first half, Vanderbilt got a couple of field goals and tallied 145 yards on 31 plays. Sophomore Jordan Davis tipped the first field goal but it still went through to make it 21-3. The Commodores were shut out in the second half, Georgia did that last against Auburn last season in a 27-10 win. VU finished with 225 yards on 62 plays. Junior Monty Rice and junior Mark Webb led all tacklers with seven each. Also, junior Devonte Wyatt recovered a fumble in the fourth quarter.
*Blankenship Moves Up: With his three extra points in the first half, graduate Rodrigo Blankenship moved up to third in SEC history for Career Consecutive PATs made with 157, four away from second place. The SEC record is 198 held by Daniel Carlson (Auburn) with 198. Blankenship already owns the Bulldog record. Also, he booted a 50-yard field goal, and he’s 4-for-5 from 50+ in his career. He made a 37-yarder and a 31-yarder in the second half to push the lead out to 30-6. Five of his seven kickoffs were touchbacks.
*For Starters: Redshirt freshman Kearis Jackson (WR), redshirt freshman John FitzPatrick (TE) and redshirt freshman Azeez Ojulari (OLB) made their first career starts. Sophomore Trey Hill made his fifth career start but his first at center. Junior QB Jake Fromm started his 29thstraight to lead the offense while graduate J.R. Reed (S) now leads the defense with 30.
*Captains: JuniorJake Fromm (QB), junior Solomon Kindley (OG) and graduate J.R. Reed (S) served as the game captains.
*Up Next: Georgia (1-0, 1-0 SEC) returns to action Saturday versus Murray State (1-0) at 4 p.m. (ESPN2).