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Georgia QB shuffle to continue vs. Auburn

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Leading up to Georgia’s 27-3 victory over Kentucky this past weekend, head coach Mark Richt said Greyson Lambert would get the start but others would see time at quarterback as well. Brice Ramsey was the other quarterback to see some playing time, and it looks like that will be the plan once again this week as the Bulldogs take on Auburn.

“We’ll go into this week thinking we’ll play Greyson (Lambert) and Brice (Ramsey) again,” Richt said Sunday night, according to a report from Athens Banner-Herald. “If we were having success we were just going to kind of keep with whoever was in there,” Richt said. “It wasn’t so much a hot hand, but just the continuity of how things were going. That was really the main thing.”

Against Kentucky, Lambert completed six of 13 pass attempts for 64 yards and a touchdown while starting and playing the entire second half. Ramsey, in his limited first-half action, completed four of six attempts for 26 yards. Georgia’s passing offense ranks 97th in the nation entering this week, with 193.4 passing yards per game. The days of having Aaron Murray or Matthew Stafford appear to be distant memories the way the Georgia passing game has been going lately. Georgia’s total passing yards has decreased each week since throwing for 279 against Tennessee on October 10 (178 yards vs. Missouri, 154 yards vs. Florida, 90 yards vs. Kentucky).

Auburn’s passing defense ranks 80th in the nation, allowing 239.3 yards per game through the air. That number dropped after giving up just 137 passing yards to Texas A&M in a 26-10 victory on Saturday. Auburn picked off three passes against the Aggies and two the previous week against Ole Miss.

Critical mistakes cost Vanderbilt in upset bid of No. 10 Georgia

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It’s not often you see a team on the business end of a 31-14 final walk away saying, “Man, we let that one get away.” But that’s the case for Derek Mason and Vanderbilt after the ‘Dores dropped a 17-point decision to No. 10 Georgia in Nashville Saturday.

First, let’s examine how Georgia secured its 31 points. Isaiah McKenzie opened the scoring with a 77-yard punt return for a touchdown at the 4:33 mark of the first quarter. The Bulldogs held the lead through the first half, but the score would have been 7-6 at the break had Vanderbilt safety Oren Burks not allowed a Greyson Lambert pass to split his wide-open hands. Sony Michel raced in from 31 yards on the very next snap.

Vanderbilt drove the field in an attempt to pull within 14-9 at the half, but Tommy Openshaw‘s 43-yard field goal try doinked off the left upright.

Georgia officially put the game away in the third quarter with a 20-yard Marshall Morgan field goal and a five-yard Lambert run, pushing the edge to 24-6, but Vanderbilt made things interestin in the fourth quarter… until they didn’t.

After a missed 43-yard Morgan field goal try, Vanderbilt marched 71 yards in nine plays until an ill-advised four-yard scramble by Commodores quarterback Johnny McCrary on a goal-to-go situation from the Georgia eight. Vanderbilt forced a three-and-out and immediately moved 42 yards in five plays, capped by a seven-yard strike from McCrary to Latevius Reyford and then a McCrary run to pull the ‘Dores within 24-14.

Vanderbilt uncovered the ensuing kickoff, but McCrary gave the ball right back to Georgia at the Bulldogs’ 20. After another Georgia punt, Vanderbilt moved to the Bulldogs’ 28 before he was again intercepted, and Dominick Sanders returned the pigskin 88 yards to put an exclamation point on the ballgame.

Add it all up and you get three interceptions (including one for a touchdown), a missed field goal and a missed interception and a punt return touchdown surrendered in a game where Vanderbilt managed to control the ball (89 to 66 total plays, five more minutes of possession, two more first downs).

Vanderbilt limited Lambert for much of the day. He was held without a completed pass in the first half, getting himself pulled in favor of sophomore Brice Ramsey for the Bulldogs’ final first half drive, and completed 11-of-21 passes for only 116 yards on the day. Nick Chubb, as he’s done since he first stepped on the field, carried the Georgia offense with 19 carries for 189 yards. Michel was also a key contributor with 86 yards and a touchdown on 14 touches.

McCrary completed 24-of-50 throws for 295 yards with a touchdown and three picks. Ralph Webb led Vanderbilt in rushing with 25 carries for 68 yards.

For Georgia it was their 19th win in their last 21 tries against Vanderbilt and third win in their last four SEC openers.

The Bulldogs (2-0, 1-0 SEC) return home to face South Carolina next week, while Vanderbilt (0-2, 0-1 SEC) hosts Austin Peay.

No. 10 Georgia edging Vanderbilt at the half

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It appears that Vanderbilt defense is for real. At least when Greyson Lambert throws the ball.

The Virginia transfer missed all five of his passes, including one that hit a Vanderbilt defensive back in the hands but managed to fall incomplete, before being pulled in favor of Brice Ramsey with four minutes to go in the second quarter.

Ramsey hit Sony Michel on a 15-yard swing pass on his first pass of the day. The sophomore then found tight end Jackson Harris for a 10-yard gain on his next throw, but sailed his next two passes to bring a promising drive to a scoreless end.

Despite the struggles at quarterback, though, No. 10 Georgia takes a 14-6 lead to the break thanks to its defense, special teams and a guy named Nick Chubb.

Isaiah McKenzie opened the scoring for the Bulldogs with a 77-yard punt return for a touchdown at the 4:33 mark of the first quarter, and Chubb carried the load from there. The sophomore rushed the ball 10 times for 128 yards, including a 68-yard burst. Michel gave Georgia a 14-3 lead at the 9:34 mark of the second quarter with a 31-yard scoring burst.

‘Dores quarterback Johnny McCrary completed 8-of-21 passes for 107 yards, leading drives that led to field goals of 47 and 41 yards in the second quarter. Vanderbilt kicker Tommy Openshaw missed a 43-yarder just before the half that would have pulled the Commodores within five at the break.

Vanderbilt ran 50 plays in the first half to Georgia’s 23.

Georgia will receive the ball to open the second half.