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Vanderbilt Vs. Georgia: Bulldogs' Defense Buckles Down

The complaint about the Georgia Bulldogs to this point—and they've been so good, the complaints have been scant—is that they take a little while to get into games.

That certainly was not the case Saturday against the Vanderbilt Commodores.

Georgia had allowed a combined 40 points in the first half of its first three games against Buffalo, Missouri and Florida International. The total Saturday against Vanderbilt: three.

The only three points allowed for the whole game, in fact, were those three points scored just before halftime on a 29-yard Vanderbilt field goal.

Georgia only allowed the Commodores 136 yards of total offense in the first half.

According to Chris Starrs of, Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham was pleased:

"We just executed and did what we had to do," added defensive coordinator Todd Grantham. "The guys understood the gameplan, guys played (well) and we honed in on what we were going to do, and I thought the guys did a really good job."

After a dominant first half, the Bulldogs didn't let up. Vanderbilt only finished with 337 yards of total offense, which was down from the Commodores' average of 399.7 yards per game entering play Saturday.

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