Dawgs Exterminate the Jackets
Cover Photo: Evan Rodenroth
By: Joshua Grosh
As previously posted in #4 Georgia vs Georgia Tech Week #14 Prediction the Dawgs defeated the Yellow Jackets 52-7.
ATHENS, GA—While the game was not a beauty pageant, Dawgs piled it on to swat an upset minded Tech team with nothing to lose. Georgia looked shaky at best for pretty much the entire first half. But as the third quarter got started, the flood gates seemed to finally give way and Georgia roared off 35 unanswered points to close out the game. In the first half, Georgia Tech seemed to throw everything and the kitchen sink at Georgia, between turn overs and onside kicks yet, valiantly the Georgia defense held strong and gutted out a rough series of drives where Tech remained in Georgia’s side of the field – only surrendering 7 points. The defense held on just long enough for the offense to finally find itself and go on a run to break the will of the gnats from the North Avenue Trade School. Again, for a third year in a row, we run this state and extend the winning streak in Atlanta to two decades.
It was a little more of the same ol’ same ol’. That is until the second half. The Georgia offense roared to life and rattled of drive after drive of successful offense. While it was broken up by a De’Andre Swift fumble, the offense was still moving the ball incredibly well. Fromm even looked far more composed during this period too which was more than a pleasant turn of events – and likely a much needed one. With the way the offense has been, Georgia needed a game to rest the starters after giving them a much needed confidence boost and the bruising of Tech was just the ticket to get it done. While Fromm was again held under 50% passing, the latter half of the game showed the potential for some of the offense to start springing back to life. If Georgia can get the turnovers and special teams issues squared away, Georgia may fair far better against LSU than many are prognosticating.
Again the defense was the king of this game, holding Tech to a mere 139 yards of total offense. Despite the turnovers in Georgia territory and the aggressive style of Tech in the first half, the defense held strong and shut the Jackets down outside of one touchdown. The defense again held another team to below 100 yards rushing and then bruised another team to below 10 points for 5th time this season. Georgia also finally won a game by more than 4 touchdowns since the Tennessee game, nearly two months ago. To go a little further, Georgia forced Tech into 12 3-and-outs, essentially snuffing out any life of GT. Then, to put a cherry on top of this season, no team this entire year was able to score 3 touchdowns on the Dawgs, and only surrendered just 1 rushing touchdown all year. These Junkyard Dawgs are salty and probably one of the best defenses in Georgia history.
Monty Rice: 8 total tackles – 8 all solo, 1 pas defended.
Jake Fromm: 14/29, 254 yards, 4 touchdowns and an 82.5 QBR. While it was not the best of performances, it was one of the best in months.
Next week, Georgia plays in the SEC Championship against LSU at 4 P.M. at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. It will be broadcasted on CBS and the Dawgs are projected to be a heavy underdog. The winner will punch a ticket to the playoffs, the second for Georgia or the first one for LSU.