NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Georgia coach Mark Richt has to be thankful he has Nick Chubb on his roster to help make up for the Bulldogs' anemic passing game.
Chubb ran for 189 yards, Isaiah McKenzie returned a punt 77 yards for a touchdown, and No. 10 Georgia beat Vanderbilt 31-14 on Saturday in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.
Sony Michel had a 31-yard touchdown run and the Bulldogs (2-0) shook off a sluggish start.
Chubb and the Bulldogs' defense helped Georgia overcome a shaky performance by its quarterbacks by rolling up 281 yards rushing. Greyson Lambert didn't complete a pass in the first half and didn't complete a pass until his eighth attempt early in the third quarter. He was 11 of 21 for 116 yards, and Brice Ramsey was 2 of 4 for 25 yards off the bench.
Vanderbilt (0-2) was trying to beat Georgia in Nashville in back-to-back games for the first time since the 1950s. The Commodores pulled to 24-14 and recovered an onside kick with 4:30 left, but Jake Ganus intercepted Johnny McCrary's pass in the end zone.
The Bulldogs' rough start included Marshall Morgan missing a 37-yard field goal so badly left and short that it looked as if it had been blocked in the opening quarter.
Morgan missed a 43-yarder wide left in the fourth, but Chubb and McKenzie got Georgia going.
Pinned at his own 9, Chubb broke off a 68-yard run and only missed scoring when Vandy cornerback Tre Herndon chasing him down on the sideline. The Bulldogs forced a three-and-out, and McKenzie returned the ensuing punt for a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter. The sophomore sat out the opener because of a sore hamstring, and McKenzie turned in the third TD off a punt return for his career.
Michel finished off the drive giving Georgia a 14-3 lead early in the second quarter. Georgia had only 25 yards passing at halftime.
Vanderbilt missed a chance to pull within 14-9 when Tommy Openshaw clanked a 44-yard field goal attempt off the left upright after connecting from 47 and 41 yards.
The Bulldogs seized control in the third quarter, outgaining Vandy 143-10 and scoring 10 points. Morgan kicked a field goal after Wilkerson's interception, and Lambert finished off a drive with a 5-yard TD run of his own.