Derek Mason entered the 2016 on the hot seat according to many if not most observers. If that were indeed the case, said seat may have gotten a little cooler thanks to today’s events.
Despite seeing its defense strafed for 346 passing yards off the arm of true freshman Jacob Eason, Vanderbilt managed to contain Georgia’s running game and come away with a 17-16 win over the Bulldogs between the hedges. And “contain” actually doesn’t do Vandy’s defense justice as they held UGA to just 2.1 yards per carry in 35 rushing attempts.
Preseason All-SEC running back Nick Chubb, who came into the game averaging 5.5 yards per carry, was held to a 2.5 average by the Commodores defense.
The win marked Vandy’s first on the road in SEC play since Nov. 23, 2013, the year prior to Mason’s arrival. The streak had reached nine straight losses prior to today’s win
From UGA’s perspective, it’s significant as well, albeit in the opposite direction.
Just the second win between the hedges for Vandy in 20 years.
— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) October 15, 2016
Mark Richt was 13-2 vs. Vanderbilt; Kirby Smart is 0-1
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) October 15, 2016
After a successful start to his head coaching career, Kirby Smart has seen his Bulldogs stumble of late.
Georgia began 2016 with three straight wins. Since, the Bulldogs have dropped three of their last four. Two of those losses came in Athens.