NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt finally has a Southeastern Conference victory this season, and the Commodores got their big upset using a backup quarterback and a very stingy defense.
Jerron Seymour ran for a 13-yard touchdown with 2:53 left, and Vanderbilt rallied from a 13-point deficit by scoring 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter Saturday to beat No. 15 Georgia 31-27.
The Commodores (4-3, 1-3) got their first victory over Georgia in Nashville since 1991. They also snapped a six-game skid to the Bulldogs. They did it despite losing Austyn Carta-Samuels in the second quarter with an injured left leg that had him on the sidelines with crutches for the second half.
Georgia (4-3, 3-2) lost its second straight after failing to hold a 27-14 lead with 6:24 left following Marshall Morgan's second field goal of the game. The Bulldogs had chances to rally, but Brendan Douglas fumbled after a catch with 1:59 left, and Aaron Murray was intercepted on the final play.
Torren McGaster started the comeback by recovering a fumbled punt by Damian Swann late in the third quarter. Backup quarterback Patton Robinette ran for a 2-yard TD, and Carey Spear kicked a 40-yard field goal. Seymour put Vandy ahead a play after Georgia punter Collin Barber could only fall on a high snap at his own 13.
Vanderbilt wound up holding the ball for more than 35 minutes and outgained Georgia 337-221 in total offense. The Commodores held Murray to just 114 yards passing.
Murray became the SEC's career leader in total offense late in the first quarter with a 7-yard pass to Arthur Lynch. That put him a yard past Tim Tebow. Murray then finished off the drive with a 1-yard keeper, putting Georgia up 10-7 at the end of the first quarter.
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