Both Georgia Tech and Georgia went into Saturday’s game (both 7-4; 4-4 conference), looking to earn state bragging rights in a game of Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate. Both teams averaged closely in all categories, so there wasn’t many expectations going into the game. Georgia Tech struck early in the game, scoring on a 42-yard outside touchdown pitch to Clinton Lynch. Georgia didn’t take long to retaliate, scoring on a 10-yard touchdown run by Sony Michel. The second quarter had a slow start, with Georgia Tech scoring a touchdown with 8 minutes left in the half. Georgia quickly came back with a touchdown of their own with 5 minutes left, then both offenses struggled to move the ball. But half time was when everything changed. Georgia completely dominated the Yellow Jackets in the third quarter. Georgia’s defense was able to completely shut down the triple-option only allowing 8 total yards on 9 total plays. Georgia’s offense scored 3 total times starting the second half with two field goals and a touchdown drive that put them ahead 27-14 to end the third quarter. The Yellow Jackets knew their position, and knew the task at hand. They started the fourth quarter slow, coming up 4th and 4, being stopped on the attempt with under 12 minutes left in the game, it didn’t look too promising. As the Bulldogs took the field, Georgia Tech came up with a big defensive stop, forcing a Georgia three-and-out and gave the Yellow Jackets life again. This led to a three minute, 7 play, 94 yard touchdown, pulling them to only a 27-21 deficit. Jacob Eason and the Georgia offense tried to seal the deal, coming out running the ball on first down, then tried passing the ball which led to a pivotal interception for Georgia Tech by Lance Austin. With 3:20 left on the clock, it still wasn’t wasn’t a pretty situation for the Yellow Jackets. With a few run plays, Georgia Tech comes up first and goal, with a minute left in the game. On a pitch to Qua Searcy, Justin Thomas tries to get open for a touchdown pass. Searcy sees nothing open and takes the ball into the end zone for a touchdown, tying the game 27-27. Harrison Butker sealed the game winner by making the extra point giving Georgia Tech the 14 point comeback they needed to lead the game 28-27. Georgia comes out with 30 seconds left, and tries their best to get any kind of score to take back the lead. After a few dropped passes and a first down they come up with fourth down with just :06 seconds left in the game. Jacob Eason threw the ball deep downfield, which was intercepted and ended the game, giving the Yellow Jackets their second straight win playing in Athens.
Georgia and Georgia Tech will both play in bowl games, Georgia finishing with a 7-5 record, Georgia Tech finishing with an 8-4 record. Georgia Tech has state bragging rights for the next year, as the Yellow Jackets now look forward to preparing for their bowl game opponent. They look to finish the season with a 9-4 record having a HUGE turnaround from last year’s 3-9 record.
Passing: GT: 164-yards UGA: 139-yards
GT – J. Thomas (6/10) (164-yards) (1 INT)
UGA – J. Eason (14/27) (139-yards) (1 TD) (2 INT)
Rushing: GT: 229-yards UGA: 263-yards
GT – C. Lynch (4 carries for 59-yards)
M. Marshall (9 carries for 54-yards)
Q. Searcy (8 carries for 40-yards)
UGA- S. Michel (19 carries for 170-yards)
N. Chubb (22 carries for 88-yard)
GT – B. Stewart (2 receptions for 87-yards)
Q. Searcy (1 reception for 39-yards)
UGA – T. Godwin (5 receptions for 53-yards)
I. Nauta (3 receptions for 38-yards)