NCAAF Game Recap - Georgia Tech at Georgia
Sat Nov 24, 2018 12:00 PM EST

Aub
21
Ala
52
F
SCar
35
Clem
56
F
ND
24
USC
17
F
Mich
39
OHSt
62
F
GATec
21
UGA
45
F
Okla
59
WVU
56
F
Wash
28
WaSt
15
F
UCF
38
SoFL
10
F
LSU
72
TxAM
74
F(6OT)
Tex
24
Kans
17
F
Fla
41
FlaSt
14
F
UtSt
24
Boise
33
F
MD
3
PSU
38
F
KY
56
Lou
10
F
BYU
27
Utah
35
F
Syr
42
BC
21
F
Ill
16
NW
24
F
MisSt
35
Miss
3
F
Pitt
3
MiaFL
24
F
K St
38
IASt
42
F
NIU
21
WestMI
28
F
Ball
21
MiaOH
42
F
ColSt
19
AF
27
F
Hou
31
Mem
52
F
Neb
28
Iowa
31
F
C Mi
13
Toled
51
F
Akr
28
Ohio
49
F
E Mi
28
Kent
20
F
Buff
44
BGSU
14
F
Ark
0
Mizzu
38
F
CoCar
28
SoAl
31
F
UVA
31
VaTec
34
F OT
ECU
6
Cin
56
F
Oreg
55
OreSt
15
F
Navy
28
Tul
29
F
Bayl
35
TxTch
24
F
W Ky
30
LaTec
15
F
Purd
28
Ind
21
F
Marsh
28
FLInt
25
F
NCSt
34
UNC
28
F OT
Wake
59
Duke
7
F
OD
13
Rice
27
F
GaSo
35
GASt
14
F
NMSt
21
Lib
28
F
Wyo
31
NM
3
F
Troy
10
App
21
F
ULLaf
31
ULMon
28
F
Stan
49
UCLA
42
F
SMiss
39
UTEP
7
F
UAB
3
MidTN
27
F
AzSt
41
Ariz
40
F
Minn
37
Wisc
15
F
SMU
24
Tuls
27
F
Temp
57
UConn
7
F
ArkSt
33
TxSt
7
F
Tenn
13
Vand
38
F
Rut
10
MSU
14
F
Char
27
FlAtl
24
F
SJSU
13
Fres
31
F
Colo
21
Cal
33
F
NorTx
24
UTSA
21
F
OkSt
24
TCU
31
F
Nev
29
UNLV
34
F
Hawaii
31
SDSU
30
F OT

Nov 24, 2018, 12:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Georgia Tech (7-5)

7

0

0

14

21

(5) Georgia (11-1)

14

24

7

0

45

Georgia routs Ga Tech 45-21, Alabama up next for SEC title
Sat Nov 24, 2018 5:08 PM

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Bring on Alabama.

Jake Fromm threw a career-best four touchdown passes, D'Andre Swift ran for 105 yards and No. 5 Georgia romped into the Southeastern Conference championship game with a 45-21 rout of Georgia Tech on Saturday.

The Bulldogs (11-1, No. 5 CFP) couldn't afford a slip-up, not with a rematch against the top-ranked Crimson Tide looming next week in Atlanta.

No worries.

"I was hoping we'd have another chance to play them," said linebacker D'Andre Walker, quickly turning his attention to the team that defeated Georgia in last season's national championship game. "I knew we had a good team to get back to this point and play them again. Now we've got to prepare like no other and take on the challenge."

The rivalry game known as "Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate" was over by halftime.

Georgia went to the locker room with a 38-7 lead - which, in an interesting twist, was the score of last year's dominating victory over the Yellow Jackets. The Bulldogs held a 343-66 edge in total yards, piling up 18 first downs to just four by Georgia Tech (7-5).

Fromm threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Riley Ridley, a 12-yarder to Jeremiah Holloman and a 44-yarder to Mercole Hardman. Swift chipped in with a 1-yard scoring run, Elijah Holyfield had an 8-yard TD and Rodrigo Blankenship completed the onslaught with a 25-yard field goal on the final play of the half.

Fromm wasn't done yet. On Georgia's first series of the second half, he hooked up with Ridley again on a 4-yard scoring pass that prompted many in the crowd of more than 92,000 to head for the exits on a cold, damp day in Athens.

"We liked our matchups," said Fromm, who went 13 of 16 for 175 yards before giving way to Justin Fields late in the third quarter. "When they were kind of playing the off coverage, we hit some underneath stuff and let guys break tackles. Our athletes, our guys, are really good with the ball in their hands, so let's get it to them quick and let those guys make plays."

Georgia came into the game determined to avoid a repeat of Georgia Tech's last two visits to Sanford Stadium. In 2014, the Yellow Jackets prevailed 30-24 in overtime. Two years ago, they scored with less than a minute remaining for a 28-27 upset.

Both times, they shredded the famed hedges surrounding the field during the celebration.

The greenery looked just fine after Saturday's final home game of the year.

Now, it's on to Atlanta to face Alabama for the SEC title and an expected spot in the College Football Playoff.

Juanyeh Thomas provided Georgia Tech's only points of the first half on a 100-yard kickoff return. The triple-option offense, which came into the game leading the nation in rushing yards, finally reached the end zone on Qua Searcy's 3-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter.

Georgia Tech finished with 128 yards rushing - not even close to its 354-yard season average.

"Nothing was really consistent, so we couldn't really get anything going" said quarterback TaQuon Marshall, who was held to 39 yards on 20 carries.

THE TAKEAWAY

Georgia Tech: The growing talent gap between the schools was on display for the second year in a row. The Yellow Jackets lost those games by a combined margin of 83-28, which is simply unacceptable for coach Paul Johnson and athletic director Todd Stansbury. "We missed a ton of tackles," Johnson said. "We had a hard time blocking."

Georgia: While the Bulldogs have held the upper hand in this rivalry for decades, it's clear coach Kirby Smart has turned the series into a particularly one-sided affair. His recruiting edge has grown to mammoth proportions, which makes it hard to see how Georgia Tech will be able to turn things around in the immediate future.

PUNT-FREE ZONE

Georgia punter Jake Camarda finally got back on the field in the fourth quarter - his first appearance in two weeks.

The Bulldogs went eight straight quarters without a punt going back to the third quarter of their 27-10 victory over Auburn.

They didn't punt at all in last week's 66-27 rout of UMass, and their first seven possessions Saturday resulted in six touchdowns and a field goal.

Finally, Georgia went three-and-out and Camarda came on to boot a 45-yard punt.

CONSOLATION PRIZE

It didn't mean much in the grand scheme of things, but Marshall was feeling good about a 28-yard touchdown pass to fellow senior Brad Stewart with 39 seconds remaining.

"It was a special moment for both of us," Marshall said. "I know how hard he works, and especially being our last game here at Sanford Stadium, just being able to put the ball in the air and see him go up and make a big play, it's super exciting for me. We had a little moment there on the sideline."

UP NEXT

Georgia Tech: A bowl game, likely either the Independence or the Military. "We're going to want to finish on the right note," Marshall said.

Georgia: A chance for redemption against the Crimson Tide, which has been on the radar since Alabama claimed the national title with a 26-23 overtime victory last January. The Bulldogs are still kicking themselves for squandering a pair of 13-point leads, and then giving up Tua Tagovailoa's winning 41-yard touchdown pass on second-and-26.

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Passing

GATec Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
T. Oliver 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 39.6
T. Marshall 12 4 33.3 1 69 28 0 81.6
UGA Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Fromm 16 13 81.3 4 175 44 0 151.8
J. Fields 3 2 66.7 0 -13 0 0 70.1

Rushing

GATec Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
T. Marshall 20 39 1.9 9 0
J. Howard Jr. 12 39 3.3 6 0
UGA Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
D. Swift 14 105 7.5 28 1
E. Holyfield 9 79 8.8 39 1

Receiving

GATec Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
Q. Searcy 1 0 0.0 0 0
B. Stewart 2 54 27.0 28 1
UGA Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
M. Hardman 1 44 44.0 44 1
I. Nauta 4 36 9.0 12 0

Fumbles

GATec F FL
T. Marshall 2 0

Returning

GATec KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Thomas 1 100.0 1 100 0 - 0 0
UGA KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
B. Herrien 1 16.0 0 16 0 - 0 0
M. Hardman 0 - 0 0 1 27.0 0 27

Punting

GATec Punt Yds Avg LgPu
P. Harvin III 4 146 36.5 41
UGA Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Camarda 1 45 45.0 45

Takeaways

GATec Int Yds InTD
B. Adams 0 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

GATec UGA
Points For 21 45
Total Yards 219 447
Rushing Yards 128 285
Passing Yards 91 162
Passing Completions / Attempts 5/14 15/19
Turnovers 0 1
Interceptions Thrown 0 0
Fumbles - Lost 2/0 1/1
First Downs 12 25
Penalties - Yards 2/20 2/10
Time Of Possession 27:27 33:33
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 3/13 2/6
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 3/6 2/2
Punts - Average Yards 4/36 1/45

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter GATec UGA
UGA 4:37 TD Riley Ridley 5 yd pass from Jake Fromm (Rodrigo Blankenship kick) 0 7
UGA 14:09 TD D'Andre Swift 1 yd run (Rodrigo Blankenship kick) 0 14
GATec 14:28 TD Juanyeh Thomas 100 yd kick return (Wesley Wells kick) 7 14
2nd Quarter GATec UGA
UGA 2:04 TD Jeremiah Holloman 12 yd pass from Jake Fromm (Rodrigo Blankenship kick) 7 21
UGA 5:38 TD Mecole Hardman 44 yd pass from Jake Fromm (Rodrigo Blankenship kick) 7 28
UGA 10:00 TD Elijah Holyfield 8 yd run (Rodrigo Blankenship kick) 7 35
UGA 15:00 FG Rodrigo Blankenship 25 yd FG 7 38
3rd Quarter GATec UGA
UGA 4:40 TD Riley Ridley 4 yd pass from Jake Fromm (Rodrigo Blankenship kick) 7 45
4th Quarter GATec UGA
GATec 7:27 TD Qua Searcy 3 yd run (Wesley Wells kick) 14 45
GATec 14:21 TD Brad Stewart 28 yd pass from TaQuon Marshall (Wesley Wells kick) 21 45

Game Information

Stadium: Sanford Stadium, Athens, Georgia
Attendance: 92,746
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