Earlier this month, Georgia looked to have a clear path to get back to the SEC title game.
All the Bulldogs had to do was win out against a slate of foes it was favored to beat and that would do it.
But two weeks, a few key injuries, some bad defense and a couple bumbling turnovers later, UGA is now 4-3 following a crushing 31-27 loss at Vanderbilt.
It’s Vandy’s first win over Georgia since 2006 and only its second since 1994.
Make no mistake, this was a winnable game for the Bulldogs, who led 27-14 heading into the fourth quarter.
But Georgia’s Damian Swann fumbled a punt late in the third, setting up the Commodores at the Dawgs’ 36-yard line. Vandy punched it in for a score and suddenly UGA’s lead was cut to 27-21.
After a Georgia three-and-out, Vandy drove 60 yards and got a field goal to cut the score to 27-24.
That’s when the Bulldogs fell apart. Following yet another three-and-out, UGA lined up to punt. But punter Collin Barber mishandled the snap and had to fall on the ball. Suddenly Vandy had possession on the Georgia 13-yard line.
One play later, Jerron Seymour went in for the touchdown and Vandy was ahead, 31-27.
The normally-clutch Aaron Murray couldn’t save Georgia this time. The senior finished 16 of 27 for just 104 yards and no touchdowns.
To add injury to insult, Georgia’s leading receiver Chris Conley appeared to go down with a knee injury on the game’s final play.
It might be time for the Bulldogs to start thinking about next season. Or anything else but this nightmare.