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Slow start not a problem for UGA
UGA Football
Georgia wide receiver Terry Godwin (5) catches a pass for a touchdown as Vanderbilt cornerback Donovan Sheffield (21) defends during the first half of Saturday's game in Athens. - photo by Associated Press

ATHENS, Ga. — Jake Fromm threw three touchdown passes, including a 75-yarder to Terry Godwin, and No. 2 Georgia beat Vanderbilt 41-13 on Saturday night to gain momentum for a crucial stretch of four Southeastern Conference games.

Georgia (6-0, 4-0) trailed for the first time this season following the first of two first-half field goals by Vanderbilt's Ryle Guay less than five minutes into the game.

Fromm threw for a season-high 276 yards while sitting out the final quarter. He completed 17 of 23 passes and did not throw an interception.

"Honestly, if you had told me we'd throw that much, I'd be a little surprised," Fromm said.

Freshman Justin Fields passed for 53 yards and had four carries for 18 yards while playing behind Fields.

After Vanderbilt took the 3-0 lead, Fromm needed only 15 seconds to respond with the long scoring pass to Godwin, who fought off cornerback Joejuan Williams' tackle attempt.

The Bulldogs gained momentum for next week's visit to No. 5 Louisiana State. Georgia then plays Florida, Kentucky and Auburn. The four-game stretch will determine the Bulldogs' hopes of defending their SEC championship and making another run at the national title.

Vanderbilt (3-3, 0-2) trailed only 7-3 after the first period. Kept out of the end zone until the final seconds, the Commodores couldn't spoil Georgia's homecoming as they did with a 17-16 win in 2016.

Georgia's defense contained senior quarterback Kyle Shurmur, who threw for only 169 yards while completing 14 of 28 passes.

"I think there were some times where we moved the ball pretty well," Shurmur said. "Be we have to finish and it doesn't mean anything unless you finish with points."

Shurmur's backup, Mo Hassan, led the Commodores to a touchdown drive capped by Josh Crawford's 2-yard run with 2 seconds remaining.

Fromm threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Riley Ridley late in the first half for a 21-6 halftime lead. Fromm capped a 75-yard drive to open the second half with a screen pass to tailback D'Andre Swift, who ran 35 yards for the touchdown.

Georgia finished with 28 first downs and 560 yards.

"We're still not playing as good as we want to, but we're starting to kind of hit our stride on offense," Fromm said.

Rodrigo Blankenship kicked field goals of 53 and 28 yards for Georgia. Guay was good from 25 and 42 yards.