Georgia's Orson Charles (7) is pushed out of bounds by Vanderbilt's Casey Hayward (19) in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Donn Jones)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It's not always how you start, but how you finish. And Vanderbilt made a statement near the end, but it wasn't quite enough to catch the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs started their season 0-2, but rolled out four straight wins. The Commodores started 3-0, but have lost their last two games.
Aaron Murray threw for 326 yards and three touchdowns, and Blair Walsh kicked four field goals. Vanderbilt hadn't beaten Georgia in Nashville since 1991, and Udom Umoh blocked Drew Butler's punt with 7 seconds left to give the Commodores one last chance. Jordan Rodgers overthrew Chris Boyd in the end zone, leaving a second for a final play. Rodgers was hit as he threw short to tight end Brandon Barden, who was tackled well short.
Georgia (5-2, 4-1) also intercepted three passes, the last by Bacarri Rambo with 1:10 left, as the Bulldogs kept pace with South Carolina, a 14-12 winner over Mississippi State earlier, in the East.
So, a solid effort by the Commodores was not enough and in the end, the Bulldogs hang on for the 33-28 win.
There was a bizarre turn of events immediately following this game as both teams had a heated exchange in the middle of the field. Coaches and security guards worked to keep the teams separated and get everyone safely off the field.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)