ATHENS, Ga. — Derek Mason thought his Vanderbilt team was gaining momentum for a comeback against Georgia before a botched play spoiled the plan.
Driving for a chance to cut No. 13 Georgia’s lead to 10 points in the third quarter, Vanderbilt’s Stephen Rivers threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown as the Commodores fell to the Bulldogs 44-17 on Saturday.
Georgia star tailback Todd Gurley ran for 163 yards and two touchdowns and surprised the Commodores by completing a 50-yard pass to set up another touchdown.
Gurley had scoring runs of 4 and 14 yards in the first quarter as Georgia (4-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) built an early 21-0 lead.
Kentucky 45, South Carolina 38: In Lexington, Ky., Alvin Dupree’s 6-yard interception return for a touchdown off a pass deflection with 2:29 remaining gave Kentucky a wild comeback win over South Carolina.
Trailing 38-24 with 11:45 remaining, Jojo Kemp rallied the Wildcats with touchdown runs of 1 and 5 yards before Mike Douglas’ game-changing block of Dylan Thompson’s pass. Dupree was right there to grab it out of the air for the easy TD that sent a black-clad crowd of 62,135 into a frenzy.
Running out of the Wildcat formation, Kemp rushed for a career-best 131 yards on 17 and three TDs.
Ashely Lowery’s interception with 1:31 left sealed it, sparking a on-field celebration as Kentucky (4-1, 2-1) won back-to-back conference games for the first time since 2009. The Wildcats also matched their combined win total the past two seasons. and ended a three-game losing streak to the reeling Gamecocks (3-3, 2-3).