Linebacker Jake Ganus and safety Dominick Sanders each helped save the day in Georgia's 31-14 win over Vanderbilt.
With Georgia leading by 10 with less than five minutes to go in the fourth quarter, Vanderbilt quarterback Johnny McCrary tossed a pass eight yards away into the end zone. The ball was tipped by Sanders and picked off by Ganus.
Sanders said the original intention was to bat the ball down, a jammed hand kept him from getting much force on it. However, the tip worked out better than the initial plan.
“I was just able to grab it and keep a foot inbounds,” Ganus said.
On Georgia’s next defensive possession, Vanderbilt had picked up a first down on a 24-yard rush by McCrary. On the next play, McCrary lofted a pass that Sanders picked off and took for an 88-yard touchdown.
Sanders said he was able to read where the play was going to put himself in position to make the interception.
“The first thing that came to my mind was don’t get caught. Keep running,” Sanders said.
The play was Sanders’ first interception returned for a touchdown with Georgia. On the play, defensive lineman John Atkins ran down the field to block for Sanders.
“I want to thank him for keeping me on the path I was running,” Sanders said. “I was surprised he was running right there.”