If someone told you before a Georgia Tech football game that they would be out gained by 157 yards on the ground, you would probably give them a weird look and possibly even call them crazy. Well, despite how unlikely it seems, that’s exactly what happened today in their 45-21 loss to the arch-rival Georgia Bulldogs.
Georgia jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter after drives of 75 and 88 yards. Both drives were methodical and saw the Dawgs march over the Jackets quite easily.
The first points for Tech came near the close of the first quarter when Juanyeh Thomas returned the ensuing kickoff from UGA’s second TD 100 yards. After this big play however, Tech wouldn’t be heard from again until the fourth quarter.
Georgia scored on their final three drives of the half to take a 38-7 lead into the break.
The Dawgs picked up where they left off on their first drive of the second half, scoring on a four yard TD pass from Jake Fromm to Riley Ridley to go up 45-7. With the game in hand, Georgia began to lay off the gas a little bit from this point forward as Tech notched their two offensive touchdowns in garbage time.
It was an efficient day all around for Georgia. The Bulldog defense, which had questions coming in about their youth facing the option attack, stepped up. The defense only allowed 219 total yards, 113 of which came on the Jackets’ final two drives.
On offense, Fromm turned in another clean performance. The Sophomore went 13/16 passing for 175 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. D’Andre Swift and Elijah Holyfield combined for 184 yards rushing on just 23 carries, while other contributors put up another 101 yards on the ground.
Georgia has now finished the regular season 11-1 in consecutive seasons and look to be in good shape heading into next week’s meeting with Alabama in the SEC Championship Game.