ATLANTA, Ga — It’s Saturday in Atlanta and it is time for some clean, old fashioned hate as the Georgia Bullodgs take on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Bobby Dodd Stadium
The Bulldogs (9-2) enter this game on a nine-game winning streak and have already clinched a berth in the SEC Championship game next a week from today in Atlanta. The Yellow Jackets (8-3) began the season 6-0, but lost three of their next four games before beating Duke last Saturday.
You can read the rest of my prediction here
1st Quarter: Notes, Stats and Analysis
Georgia won the toss and defered the option to the second half. With its first drive, the Georgia Tech offense went three and out headlined by a 15 yard chop block penalty that put DeAngelo Tyson out of the game with an ankle injury.
Georgia took over at the 11 yard line, and was able to gain a couple of first downs. Murray threw an interception on a play where he got hit and WR Chris Conley didn’t realize it and overran the route.
Overal, Georgia’s defense has done a good job running on the outside, but has struggled containing the run on the outside.
On the offensive side of the ball, Georgia has been able to move the ball through the air and Murray has looked good. The sophomore quarterback is 6-for-8, 93 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception. Lone touchdown was to WR Michael Bennett
Michael Bennett, Tavarres King, Orson Charles and Malcolm Mitchell all have one reception. Branden Smith has two receptions for 13 yards. Mitchell is the leading rusher with 20 yards on 1 carry. Smith has 1 carry for 6 yards. Murray has one rush for 5 yards (QB sneak on fourth down).
Ken Malcome, the lone running back with a carry, lost three yards on the first offensive play of the game. Crowell has not played yet, and although he is dressed out, it appears he will not play.
Bennett isn’t the fastest receiver, isn’t the quickest, or biggest. but he makes plays and runs great routes.
Georgia 7, Georgia Tech 0
2nd Quarter: Notes, Stats and Analysis
This is Aaron Murray’s day, and we’re all just along for the ride.
Maybe it’s because Georgia Tech runs the ball so much in practice, or maybe it’s because Tech just doesn’t have the athletes. Whatever the reason, no one can stop Aaron Murray.
Outside of the interception (where he was hit), the sophomore quarterback hasn’t really missed any receiver and hasn’t really been hit (outside of scrambling).
Murray is 13-for-18, 193 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. Charles is the leading receiver with 67 yards on four receptions. Mitchell, King, and Smith all have two receptions. Bennett and Conley have caught the two touchdowns.
If that isn’t enough, Murray is the leading rusher for the Bulldog with 35 yards on three carries. Which brings me to the next thing of note. Georgia has no rushing attack at all.
Of players with the listed position of running back, Georgia has rushed for 1 yard on 5 carries. Malcome rushed 1 time for -3 yards and Thomas rushed 2 times for 2 yards. Although Georgia has 61 yards listed on the stat sheet, 35 are from Murray and 20 are from WR Malcolm Mitchell.
On the other side of the ball, the Georgia defense has played fairly well and has held the Georgia Tech offense to 10 points.
The problem for Todd Grantham’s unit has been the outside and the “pitch” part of the triple option. There has been little success up the middle because of Jon Jenkins and Kwame Geathers.
Stat-wise, Georgia Tech has rushed for 164 yards on 30 carries and has held the ball for 17:36.
Alec Ogletree leads the Georgia defense with 6 tackles.
Georgia 17, Georgia Tech 10
3rd Quarter: Notes, Stats and Analysis
Another quarter is in the books, and the Georgia Bulldogs have continued to impress.
Earlier, I focused on Murray, and although he added two more touchdowns in the opening frame of the second half, the story of the 3rd quarter was the defense and it has played phenomenal.
Georgia Tech has been able to run the ball, but when it starts to pass, it’s absolute comedy.
It just can’t be done. Teven Washington threw two interceptions in that frame, one that was all-but-gift-wrapped to Michael Gilliard. The other, a phenomenal play by Shawn Williams.
This matchup featured both the second ranked rush defense (Georgia) and rush defense (Georgia Tech).
Through three quarters, the advantage goes to Todd Grantham and the Georgia Bulldogs.
Georgia 31, Georgia Tech 10