#5 Georgia Dominates Georgia Tech in Athens 45-21
Matchup: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (7-4, 5-3 ACC)
at Georgia Bulldogs (10-1, 7-1 SEC)
 Date: Saturday, November 24, 12:00 pm
 Location: Sanford Stadium (92,746)
 
 TV: SEC Network; Play-by-Play: Tom Hart,
Analyst: Jordan Rodgers, Sideline Reporter: Cole Cubelic
 RADIO: In Atlanta: 680/93.7 The Fan
Andy Demetra (PxP), Sean Bedford (analyst), Wiley Ballard (sideline)
 Satellite: Sirius 99, XM 190, XM 381
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By Don Stone - GeorgiaTechExpress.com

    At the beginning of October, most would have looked at this game with a yawn. Georgia Tech had stumbled out of the gate with a 1-3 record while Georgia was coming off the heels of a National Championship Game appearance at 4-0, outscoring those opponents 178-53.
  Then, the Yellow Jackets somehow turned on the switch. They lost to Duke courtesy of three straight fumbles. But, apart from that, they have won their other six. Many of those have also been in dominating fashion. 63-17 against Bowling Green. 66-31 at Louisville and 49-28 at Virginia Tech. And, last week, they took then 7-2 Virginia into an overtime win.
  The Bulldogs had a brief setback at LSU before righting the ship to be well positioned at a #5 national ranking. With their second straight SEC East Championship, they meet #1 Alabama for a rematch of the last year's title game. Win that one and they'll easily slide up into the top 4 and the college football playoffs. Some think that they could even lose to Georgia Tech and still make the playoffs with a follow-up win over the Crimson Tide.
  Bulldogs fans might have a bit of consternation with short memories of the last two times the Jackets were between the hedges. They won in 2016 and 2014, taking a few sprigs of those hedges with them.
  It was a bit of a dreary day, weather-wise, in Athens with temps in the low 40s and overcast. But, at least the rain ad cleared out. Former Bulldogs and current NFL players Roquan Smith (Bears), Justin Houston and Chris Conley both Chiefs) were on the red and black sidelines.
  But, the amount of fans dressed in gold could almost be counted on two hands with easily more band members in attendance. Stories had surfaced that visiting team tickets were being relinquished earlier in the week.
  Georgia got began their first drive at their 25. Tyler Simmons caught a flare pass and broke a tackle for a first down at the 37. Elijah Holyfield took it to the other side for 8 to the 45. D'Andre Swift took it up the middle for 8 more. Jake Fromm then hit Terry Godwin all the way to the GT30. The next two plays got 8 bringing up a third and two at the 16. Swift got 10 with a straight ahead carry for a first and goal at the six. Two plays later Riley Ridley streaked across the back of the end zone for a 7-0 early lead. On the drive, UGA went 9 plays and 75 yards using every part of the field with Fromm distributing the ball to five players.
  Tech began their first drive at their 35 with Taquon Marshall moving it six. Jerry Howard got the first with a carry to the 45. On a  third and six, Marshall kept it to the UGA45. Needing one, no surprise that Paul Johnson went for it. But a false start quashed those plans forcing a punt giving the ball back to the Dawgs at their 12.
  Holyfield quickly broke free down the Tech sideline for 39 yards to the GT46. From then hit Charlie Woerner up the middle for 15 to the 31. Swift took the handoff for five to the 26. The sophomore TB got a first with a seven yarder to the 19. Two short runs and it was third and 10. Tech needed a big stop but didn't get it as Fromm hit TE Isaac Nauta just short of the down marker. Needing just a few inches, Kirby Smart went for it. Georgia had been struggling in short yardage situations near the goal line. But, a QB keeper got what they needed this time to the nine. Swift took it to the one then bulled his way across the goal line. And, the Yellow Jackets, not a great come from behind team, had fallen down by 14 with still a few seconds left in the first quarter.
  Georgia Tech got a much needed kickoff return as JuanyehThomas returned it 100 yards. The touchdown return got them back in it 14-7. The first by a Jacket in two years.
  Brian Herrien took his return out to the 37. Jeremiah Holloman got his first catch for 17 yards to the GT46 as the game moved into the second quarter. Georgia had a goal of dominating time of possession, just like Tech did with UGA coming out on top in the first quarter 11:16 to 3:44. The Tech offense had been held to just 20 yards.
  Jayson Stanley broke a tackle and took it 26 down the sideline to the 17. From found Holloman in the corner of the end zone for a 12 yard TD pass and a commanding 21-7 lead.
  Tech tried again at their 30. An 8 yard toss to Qua Searcy got a first down at the 44. But they could only get to the 48. sensing a bit of desperation, Johnson again went for it, this time needing six. Marshall was sacked for a four yard loss. The result was Georgia taking over on downs, getting a short field at the GT. 44.
  Going for the kill, Mecole Hardeman streaked untouched 44 yards for a 28-7 lead.
  Tech got the ball at their 25. Looking for a spark, Tobias Oliver was in making it less likely they would be throwing. An illegal block below the waist made it first and 18 at the 17. DeAndre Walker sacked Oliver for a loss at the 16.  Third and 16 and Johnson took his second time out. The spark was more like a wet sparkler on July 4th that fizzled out before it began. An incomplete pass and Tech punted with Hardeman sprinting back the return 27 yards to the GT33.
  James Cook got a first down with a 12 yard carry to the 21. OL Solomon Kindley was hurt on the play. Swift got ten more to the 11. Holyfield took it in for 8 yards and a 35-7 lead. Still five minutes left in the half.
  Starting at the 25, Marshall was back in and got nine to the 34. Howard picked up a first to the 40. fourth and two at the 48 forced Johnson to go for it for a third time. This one worked with Marshall converting at midfield. Most teams would go to the air down by 28. But, the Jackets pretty much had no choice to stay on the ground. They needed to start passing and could be effective at it. But, only when it came as a surprise. Another fourth and six at the UGA45 and they went for it a fourth time. Marshall pulled back looking for an open receiver but was swarmed over for a 7 yard loss giving UGA the ball at the GT48 with 48 seconds left in the second quarter.
  Forty eight seconds was all the Dawgs needed to tack on three more with a 25 yard Rodrigo Blankenship field goal and a 38-7 lead.
  Tech got the ball to start the second half at their 25. Apart from a turnover, the last thing the Jackets needed was a three and out. That's what they got with Hardeman fair catching the ball in great field position at their 47.
  A pair of carries by Holyfield got a first down at the GT41. Swift got another with a run to the 30. Swift broke free for 28 yards for a first and goal at the two. With plenty of time to find an open receiver, Fromm saw Ridley free and nailed it to make it 45-7. So far, the Bulldog defense had held Tech to just 67 yards of offense while amassing 394 of their own. The game was on its way to becoming one of the most lopsided victories in the 113 year history of this rivalry.
  Tech at their 25. Johnson took his first time out pondering a fifth fourth down attempt needing only one at his 34. Not a lot to lose at this point. Marshall fell across for just enough for a new set of downs. Marshall got it out to the 48 for a third and two. A sixth fourth down, needing one again. Marshall again for a conversion to the UGA48. Clinton Lynch got his first touch taking it to the 45. No fourth down try this time with a Marshall keeper to the 43. The Jackets' most effective drive to date but done against a lot of Georgia subs. A third down sack for a loss of three and a seventh fourth down try, needing six fell short. Georgia got the ball back at their 39.
  Justin Fields saw his first action as the game moved into the final quarter still 45-7. Jake Camarta punted with the ball downed at the 16.
  The next two drives went three and out on both sides with Tech finally getting their first offensive points of the game when Searcy ran it in from three yards out to make the score 45-14.
  Blankenship missed a 48 yard field goal attempt. And the Jackets got another scoring opportunity when Marshall completed passes to Howard for 15 and Brad Stewart for 26 and 28 with the last one in the end zone.
  The final score was 45-21, which made the game sound much closer than it was. I heard Andy Demetra, the GT radio play by play guy on the air talking about how Tech had actually outscored UGA 14-7 in the second half. He lamented that they had gotten too far behind before finally getting it together. The reality is that Georgia could have virtually named their score in this game. From the first play, they completely dominated on both sides of the ball. And, honestly, the only reason that the Yellow Jackets got a pair of junktime scores late in the game was that Kirby Smart chose to take his foot off the gas. Rather than run up the score, he preferred to give his second, third and fourth stringers some playing time. Those touchdowns were against backups well into the depth chart.
  Even with all of the substitutions, Georgia put up 447 total yards of offense, 285 on the ground. They held Tech's #1 ranked rushing attack to about a third of its normal output at just 128 yards. And half of that was in the fourth quarter with backups on defense.
  "The kids played hard and practiced hard. Our defensive coaching staff put a lot of effort in and it paid off," said Smart after the game. "The look from the scouts all week was tremendous. They gave us a good picture and a lot of credit goes to those kids. ... It's
an eyes football game. You've got to look at your keys the whole time and we did that."
  "We played against a really good football team and we played really poorly. We got ourselves dug in a hole and we never could put together anything consistently on offense," said coach Johnson. "The offense needs to possess the ball for us to have a chance to score. We didn't do that today. Credit to Georgia, they did what they had to do to win.
Tech now awaits a bowl destination. Likely the Military Bowl in Annapolis, Maryland. Georgia has a return visit to Mercedes-Benz Stadium next Saturday for the SEC Championship Game and a rematch with the team the took to overtime in the national championship game, Alabama.

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