Week 5: Vanderbilt vs. Georgia on the road, Week 5 predictions


— A day after Georgia beat LSU for the first time in 10 years, the Vols opened their season at home for the second time in two weeks.

Vanderbilt defeated Georgia 34-10 on Sunday.

Vanderbilt quarterback Connor Halliday completed 17 of 30 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns and receiver Corey Davis added nine catches for 146 yards and a touchdown.

Georgia quarterback Zach Mettenberger completed 16 of 23 passes for 204 yards and one touchdown, and Georgia receiver Tavon Austin ran for a career-high 158 yards on 18 carries.

But both teams had some big plays.

Georgia ran for 109 yards on 16 carries and Georgia got three sacks on the night.

“We made some big runs,” Vanderbilt coach Kirby Smart said.

“The run game did a nice job of getting the football out.

It was nice to see that they didn’t just run to the right and hope to get a big play.”

Georgia was led by a dominant performance by wide receiver Michael Thomas, who had two catches for 39 yards.

He also caught a touchdown pass.

“He was so good,” senior safety Tyron Johnson said.

But Georgia was also in the thick of the game, with Georgia holding its first two opponents to fewer than 60 yards.

It came with a long day for the Bulldogs, who lost wide receiver Dontay Wilder to a season-ending knee injury in the second half.

“They had some very big plays,” sophomore defensive end Michael Bennett said.

Georgia went into halftime trailing 26-0.

But the Bulldogs kept their lead on the scoreboard after running out the clock with 8:14 remaining in the third quarter.

The Vols scored on a 5-yard run by Thomas and a 3-yard touchdown pass from Davis, who was sacked four times.

The Bulldogs’ defense also held Georgia to only one rushing touchdown and three catches for 22 yards.

“That’s just a great day for us,” senior linebacker Tyquan Lewis said.

VANDERBILT, Ga.— A day after Georgia beat LSU for the first time in 10 years, the Vols opened their season…