Georgia plays with fire against Vandy

October, 18, 2008
10/18/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

There will be more than a few yawns around the college football world when people see the final score in Georgia's 24-14 win over Vanderbilt on Saturday.

Granted, the Bulldogs didn't look like they were beating down the door to be No. 1 and looked dreadful at times offensively in the second half.

That's one way to look at it.

Here's another: Vanderbilt isn't going anywhere. The Commodores are going to be in every game they play. They're opportunistic. They're resilient, and they're a tough out.

They had their chances, too. Trailing 21-14, they had a first down at the Georgia 39 in the early minutes of the fourth quarter, but couldn't move the ball from there.

The best news for the Bulldogs was that their two most dangerous playmakers cut it loose. Knowshon Moreno, who had been just OK against SEC defenses this season, rushed for a season-high 172 yards on 23 carries. He has 273 yards in his last two games. Freshman receiver A.J. Green had seven catches for 132 yards and a touchdown.

Georgia's hopes of winning the Eastern Division title rest in large part with those two guys.

Still, the Bulldogs left too many points on the field for the second straight week, and the biggest concern was that they were just 1-for-8 on third-down conversions. After scoring a touchdown to open the second half, their next five possessions ended in an interception, three punts and a missed field goal.

That has to improve the next two weeks against LSU and Florida.

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