Heartbreak: Georgia kicks Vandy, 20-17
Mackenzi Adams (AP/Mark Humphrey)
Mackenzi Adams (AP/Mark Humphrey)

Posted Oct 13, 2007

NASHVILLE-- Georgia kicker Brandon Coutu booted a 37-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Bulldogs over Vanderbilt, 20-17. Tied 17-17 with 5:55 remaining in the game, Vanderbilt drove to the Georgia 18-yard-line only to see a fumble be recovered by the Bulldogs.

Vanderbilt started the game with Chris Nickson but Mackenzi Adams saw extensive action throughout the game and showed poise on offense, completing 7 of 10 passes for 125 yards and one touchdown.

Georgia got on the board first after taking advantage of a Jeff Jennings fumble at the Vanderbilt 33. Matthew Stafford's 33-yard pass to Sean Bailey put the Bulldogs up 7-0 early.

Mackenzi Adams then led Vanderbilt in an efficient drive to the Georgia 29. The Vanderbilt staff then switched quarterbacks and the drive stalled at the Georgia 4-yard-line as the Commodores settled for a 21-yard Bryant Hahnfeldt field goal.

Trailing 7-3, Vanderbilt reverted to some trickery to get their team the lead. Wide receiver Sean Walker scored on a double reverse from the 15 yards out to put Vandy up 10-7 with 3:09 remaining in the half.

After a three and out drive with Nickson as quarterback, Vanderbilt's Adams then led his team on a 6-play, 50-yard drive, which culminated in a 16-yard scoring strike to Walker. Vanderbilt led 17-7 with 02:36 in the half.

In the second half Georgia wasted no time in getting some points on the scoreboard. Brannan Southerland's 1-yard run brought Bulldogs to within a touchdown after an 8-play, 70-yard drive.

The Bulldogs then tied the score at 17 on a 31-yard field goal by Coutu with 6:17 remaining.

Vanderbilt's Adams then led the Commodores on their final, heartbreaking, drive. Starting at Vanderbilt's own 25, Adams completed a 39-yard pass to George Smith to the Georgia 36-yard line. Adams and Jennings then combined for 21 yards rushing to put the Commodores at the Georgia 27. A penalty on the Bulldogs and an Alex Washington run advanced the ball to the Georgia 18. Vanderbilt's hopes were then dashed at the 7-yard line as Jackson-Garrison lost the ball as he fought for extra yardage and the Bulldogs recovered.

Georgia's Stafford, who ironically played in last year's loss to Vandy in a quarterback-by-committee scenario of his own, then led the Bulldogs on their winning drive. After a Knowshon Moreno run to the Commodore 19-yard-line the Bulldogs called timeout with 3 seconds remaining. Coutu, who missed a field goal on Georgia's first drive, made a 37-yard field goal to win the game for his team.

Georgia improves to 5-2 (3-2 SEC). Vanderbilt, which suffered a severe blow to their bowl hopes, falls to 3-3 (1-3 SEC) and will travel to South Carolina on Saturday. The loss is almost sure to increase pressure on Vanderbilt head coach Bobby Johnson. Johnson, who is just 18-46 in his sixth year at Vandy, also fell to 5-20 in games decided by 7 points or less.

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