Georgia Looks Dominant Against Rival
By David England
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While many fans were already looking ahead to the impending contest with Alabama, Georgia took care of business against Georgia Tech on Saturday.
"Clean, Old-fashioned Hate" was more clean, old-fashioned domination for the Georgia Bulldogs. With concerns of overlooking Georgia Tech and focusing on Alabama, the perception was the Bulldogs would come out flat against the Jackets. That perception was laid aside within 1:03 of kickoff, as Georgia put together a four-play, 44-yard drive for a touchdown to start the game. There was a sense even early in the game that Georgia would run away with the contest and dominate the Yellow Jackets.
Georgia came ready to play and had one goal in mind: beat the Yellow Jackets. For the third-ranked Bulldogs, balance was the key to success on offense. Georgia passed the ball 18 times and ran the ball 31 times, making it difficult for the Yellow Jackets defense to get in rhythm, as the Bulldogs scored in every quarter on their way to a 42-10 rout of their in-state rival.
The line of scrimmage held the key to this 107th meeting of "Clean, Old-fashioned Hate". On offense, the Bulldogs line blew the Jackets off the ball, and the "Gurshall" combo ran with ease, totaling 163 yards on just 19 carries. Aaron Murray was nearly untouched, as he went 14-of-17 for 215 yards and two touchdowns. The offensive line played very well, showing that Georgia is deserving of its lofty ranking. Georgia also got a stellar performance out of Malcolm Mitchell at receiver, as he averaged over 25 yards per reception.
Defensively, the Bulldogs matched the offenses' stellar performance, holding a Georgia Tech team that was averaging 30 points a game coming in to just 10 points on the day. Junior linebacker Alec Ogletree proved to be the defensive player of the game, totaling 15 tackles. Ogletree was in on seemingly every play, and his speed and instinctive abilities led the Bulldogs to arguably their best defensive performance of the season.
The speed on both sides of the ball overwhelmed the Yellow Jackets. Georgia Tech did have more total yards on offense, but Georgia played like a team in the BCS title hunt and showed that the SEC is the best conference in football.
Georgia plays Alabama for the SEC Championship in Atlanta on December 1st. Kickoff is set for 4:00 P.M. on CBS.
Georgia Tech plays Florida State for the ACC Championship in Charlotte on December 1st. Kickoff is set for 8 P.M. on ESPN.