Georgia first beat Georgia Tech 45-0 and is looking forward to Bama
Atlanta Stetson Bennett passed for 255 yards and four touchdowns, including two to a tight Brock Bowers finish, and Georgia No. 1 ended their regular season undefeated by defeating Georgia Tech 45-0 on Saturday.
Georgia (12-0) gained momentum in next week’s much-anticipated Southeastern Conference Championship game against Alabama No. 3 in Atlanta. This is the Bulldogs’ first undefeated regular season since 1982, when they capped three consecutive SEC Championships with tail-tail Herschel Walker.
Renewing the fight for bragging rights for the state was incompatible.
Georgia, who started today leading the nation with an average of 7.5 points and 236 yards, posted its third close while giving up just 171 yards.
Bowers had a touchdown catch of 77 yards, and Kenny Macintosh added 59 yards. Powers, a freshman, also scored a point on a 9-yard catch. He has 10 touchdown receptions, which is a school record for tight ends.
Georgia Tech (3-9) finished with three wins for the third straight season under head coach Jeff Collins, who this week admitted he’ll need to improve next year. The Yellow Jackets finished the season with six straight losses after starting 3-3.
Relying on her top-ranked defense and Bennett’s precise pass, Georgia was dominant in its fourth straight win in the state competition. The Bulldogs gave up only 67 yards in the first half.
Jordan Yates made his third straight start, and sixth overall, in the quarterback for Georgia Tech. Yates only passed for 73 yards, including 40 yards to end Dylan Leonard’s tightness in the third quarter. This engine ended up missing a fourth down from the Georgia 33.
Georgia’s defense made another fourth stop early in the fourth quarter. Yates sent a low shot from his rifle and was sacked by Robert Bale for a 10 loss near midfield.
Bennett completed 14 of 20 passes, including 25-yard passes to Jermaine Burton and 11 yards to Ladd McConkey. Daijun Edwards scored 3 yards in the fourth inning, with quarterback GT Daniels and the other backups on the field.
Georgia left-footed Jamari Salier missed his third straight start with a foot injury. Slayer, a senior, served as a game leader even though he was not in uniform.
Georgia lost wide receiver and gambler Kerris Jackson to a rib injury in the first quarter. Wide receiver George Pickens, returning from a knee injury, had been shooting from 5 yards for his first reception of the season.
Georgia has won 10 of the last 12 in the series. For the first time since 1924, teams did not play last season as only SEC schools played conference schedules due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Georgia: Bulldog defense overwhelmed the yellow jackets. Leading 24-0 in Bowers’ long hunt, Georgia held a dominant 261-22 advantage in overall yardage. Georgia’s advantage in the rear was also significant. Bennett’s first nine completions were for nine different receivers.
Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets offense was one-dimensional for most of the game. Quarterback Jeff Sims, who opened the season as a starter but was in the walking shoes two weeks ago against Boston College, participated in the pre-game warm-up sessions but did not play. Coach Jeff Collins said the Sims are only available in emergencies. Despite strong running flashes from Jordan Mason and Dontay Smith, who both ran for 59 yards, Yates was unable to create a passing game.
Georgia enters the SEC Championship game firmly established as the #1 team in the AP Top 25 and College Football Playoff.
Georgia: I play Alabama’s No. 3 in the SEC Championship game in Atlanta.
Georgia Tech opens the 2022 season against Clemson on September 5 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
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