Rapid Reaction: Georgia takes care of Tech
The Georgia Bulldogs took care of business on Saturday, turning away Georgia Tech 52-7 for their 10th consecutive victory in Atlanta over the Yellow Jackets.
The 11-1 Bulldogs posted a third consecutive 11-win season and can now set their sights on returning to the city next Saturday to take on the SEC West Division champion LSU Tigers at Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the SEC Championship and a spot in the College Football Playoff.
Quarterback Jake From threw a 17-yard back shoulder touchdown pass to Tyler Simmons, completing a 3-play, 53-yard drive to open the second half, extending the lead to 24-7 as the Bulldogs began to pull away from their in-state rival. Fromm tossed up a 41-yard TD to a wide open George Pickens midway through the third quarter to make it 31-7 and the rout was on.
A few minutes later Pickens was ejected from the game for fighting after Fromm threw his fourth TD pass, a 9-yard toss to Dominic Blaylock to make it 38-7.
The Dawgs piled on in the fourth quarter with a 2-yard touchdown run by Otis Reese for a 45-7 lead.
The victory came at a cost. In addition to Pickens’ questionable eligibility status for next week, standout running back D’Andre Swift, who lost two fumbles, left the game with a left shoulder injury after the second bobble, which occurred in the third quarter. The Bulldogs are already without leading receiver Lawrence Cager, who is questionable for next Saturday’s SEC Championship Game with an ankle injury.
The Dawgs sputtered a bit at the start of the game, going 3-and-out on their first drive, then gaining just 4 yards on their second drive before Rodrigo Blankenship drilled a 49-yard field goal to open the scoring.
It was all Georgia after that. The Bulldogs offense kicked into gear and scored touchdowns on their next two first-quarter possessions to take a 17-0 lead. Georgia had a 7-play, 64-yard TD drive followed by a 6-play, 77-yard scoring drive to take control.
Brian Herrien capped the first TD drive with a 2-yard run; Fromm threw 20 yards to Charlie Woerner for the other first-quarter touchdown.
Conversely, the Bulldogs defense completely slammed the door on the Tech offense, forcing six consecutive 3-and-outs to start the game.
But the Bulldogs opened the door for Tech to get back into the game and the Yellow Jackets took advantage to at least get on the scoreboard. Blaylock fumbled away a punt and Georgia Tech needed just four plays to go 17 yards for a touchdown; QB James Graham threw 6 yards to Tyler Davis for the score, slicing the Dawgs’ lead to 17-7.
The Yellow Jackets recovered a subsequent onsides kick but the Georgia defense, which entered the game second in the nation and best in the SEC at 10.7 points allowed per game, returned to its stingy ways. It forced yet another 3-and-out, but Swift’s first lost fumble gave the Jackets another opportunity deep in Bulldogs territory. Georgia Tech drove 32 yards in 8 plays but missed a 27-yard field goal try.
Georgia drove 55 yards in 12 plays and also came up empty when Blankenship missed a 42-yard field goal on the last play of the first half to keep the score at 17-7.