Vanderbilt shocks Georgia, 24-22
Earl Bennett (VM/Stan Jones)
Earl Bennett (VM/Stan Jones)

Posted Oct 14, 2006


ATHENS- Bryant Hahnfeldt kicked a 33-yard field goal with 7 seconds remaining to give Vanderbilt a shocking 24-22 victory over Georgia. The kick capped a 15-play, 65-yard drive for Vanderbilt.

Vanderbilt struggled early offensively against Georgia and didn't even garner a first down in the initial quarter. The Bulldogs were harassed by a scrappy Vanderbilt defense before finally getting on the board with 10 seconds remaining in the first quarter when Andy Bailey kicked a 23-yard field goal.

Martrez Milner caught a 23-yard pass from Joe Tereshinski to extend Georgia's lead to 10-0 with 5:39 remaining in the half. Vanderbilt's Alex Washington returned the ensuing kickoff to midfield and six plays later Chris Nickson hooked up with Earl Bennett for a 13-yard score to make the score 10-7.

Georgia's Tereshinski then led the Bulldogs on a 10-play, 82-yard drive that culminated in a 21-yard field goal by Bailey to give Georgia a 13-7 halftime lead.

Vanderbilt took advantage of a Georgia fumble to start the third quarter when Cassen Jackson-Garrison scored on a 3-yard scamper to put the visitors up by one at 14-13. Later in the third, Vandy's Nickson completed a 33-yard bomb down the sideline to teammate Sean Walker to put Vandy up 21-13. Georgia struck back in the fourth when Bailey connected on his third field goal of the day, this time from 19 yards, to pull the Dawgs to within five at 21-16. Later, Vanderbilt's Nickson had a interception by Georgia's Tony Taylor returned 24 yards to put the Dawgs back up, 22-21. The 2-point conversion attempt failed.

Chris Nickson then led Vanderbilt on the winning 65-yard drive to defeat Georgia. "I didn't think about it," said an elated Hahnfeldt after kicking the winning field goal. "I just concentrated on connecting with the ball and putting it down the middle." After the winning kick, the often heart broken Commodores danced and hugged each other to celebrate the big win.

Vanderbilt improves to 3-5 (1-3 SEC) with the win. The Commodores host South Carolina next Saturday for homecoming. Georgia falls to 5-2 (2-2 SEC) with the loss. Georgia faces Florida next in Jacksonville.


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