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Georgia opens SEC play with a win over Vanderbilt

It was a pretty straightforward affair in Nashville.

Georgia v Vanderbilt Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

If you’re a fan of the Georgia Bulldogs, you can breathe easy tonight. Unlike a few of your SEC East counterparts, your team won on Saturday! And not only are the Dawgs 1-0, they also got a conference win out of the way. In Nashville, in front of what was easily an 85 percent pro-Bulldogs crowd, Georgia controlled the game and defeated the Vanderbilt Commodores 30-6.

As most would have expected prior to the game, UGA was simply the more talented and physical team on the night. D’Andre Swift put in a strong performance. The junior finished with 16 carries for 147 yards, leading an RB unit that gained 323 yards on the ground while the Dawgs defense swarmed to the football all night.

While Georgia out gained Vandy by a margin of 479 to 225 in total offense and the game was never in doubt, Kirby Smart will relish in having something to get after his team about during film and practice next week. The Dawgs only managed to convert one of seven tries on third down. Jake Fromm didn’t particularly need to do much in this game, but when he did, he looked slightly shaky at times.

Fromm was 15-23 for 156 yards and one TD. These numbers are fairly pedestrian, but it was the first game of the season against a conference foe. I wouldn’t read too much into this performance.

As for Vandy, Ke’Shawn Vaughn put up respectable numbers given the circumstances rusing for 74 yards, but the offense as a whole could really get anything going with having to deal with the elite speed that still is found everywhere in the UGA defense.

In week two, Georgia hosts Murray State and the Commodores travel to West Lafayette for an intriguing meeting with Rondale Moore and Purdue.