All UGA really needed in this game was a convincing win over a mediocre ACC team. They got that much, and now their national title hopes rest on what happens in Atlanta
Here's the interesting thing about this game: When it was over, Georgia Tech had gained 426 to 379 for Georgia. The Bulldogs had 18 first downs to 26 for the Yellow Jackets. Georgia Tech had turned the ball over a couple of times for a minus-two margin -- but when you look at the rest of the box score, you would have to wonder if that really accounts for the 42-10 waxing that Georgia claimed in light of the other stats.
It came down, essentially, to who could score when they moved the ball. Tech drove the ball more than 50 yards three times in the first half. Those drives resulted in a fumble, a field goal and a missed field goal. But Tech didn't punt in the first half -- because its other drives ended with a turnover on downs and on an interception.
Georgia, meanwhile, drove the ball more than 50 yards three times, and 44 yards once when they started out on the Georgia Tech 44-yard line. All three of those possessions ended in a touchdown. The Dawgs did punt once in the half, but scored twice more on its first two drives of the second half to all but end the game. Georgia attempted one pass in the fourth quarter.
They will likely not have that luxury next week against Alabama. And if Alabama is able to average 4.6 yards a rush next week -- with what is a very different offense and very different scheme, after all -- the result might not be quite as happy in Atlanta as it was in Athens.
But Georgia's main task this weekend was to continue a dominant period in the rivalry with a convincing win and make sure that its national-title hopes remain on track in case they defeat Alabama. And no matter what the stat sheet says, the scoreboard says the Dawgs passed that test with flying colors.