This one came easier than anyone could have expected. The Bulldogs needed barely one minute to register their first touchdown of the game.
It came after Malcolm Mitchell returned the opening kickoff 47 yards to the Tech 44. Two passes and two runs later, Todd Gurley waltzed into the end zone from 3 yards out, and the tone was set for the day.
Georgia scored on its first three possessions, but it was the defense that made certain this would be a rout. The Yellow Jackets were on the move on their first possession and reached the Bulldogs’ 1 on a counter sweep around right end. But senior safety Bacarri Rambo stripped A-back Robert Godhigh of the ball and returned the fumble 49 yards to midfield
The Dogs led 7-0 after one minute, 14-0 after six minutes, 28-3 at halftime. They made touchdown drives look like wind sprints, ranging in elapsed time from 29 seconds to 2:42. They dominated the game physically. When is the last time Georgia played with that level of urgency?
This team is playing with an edge it hasn’t for years. It has beaten its last four opponents (Ole Miss, Auburn, Georgia Southern, Tech) by scores of 37-10, 38-0, 45-14 and 42-10. That’s a composite dismembering of 162-34, give or take a limb.
All in all, a chilly but gorgeous November Saturday was a complete joy for the Red and Black faithful, culminating with a nice surprise: an on-field ceremony after the game in which Gov. Nathan Deal presented the Governor’s Cup to the winners of the in-state rivalry.
“Keep up the good work,” Deal told the Bulldogs. “We’re looking for a national championship.”
|TD||13:57||Todd Gurley 3 Yd Run (Marshall Morgan Kick)||0||7|
|TD||06:14||Todd Gurley 1 Yd Run (Marshall Morgan Kick)||0||14|
|FG||00:13||Chris Tanner 38 Yd||3||14|
|TD||14:39||Keith Marshall 15 Yd Run (Marshall Morgan Kick)||3||21|
|TD||02:49||Rhett McGowan 11 Yd Pass From Aaron Murray (Marshall Morgan Kick)||3||28|
|TD||10:38||Jay Rome 24 Yd Pass From Aaron Murray (Marshall Morgan Kick)||3||35|
|TD||06:00||Keith Marshall 17 Yd Run (Marshall Morgan Kick)||3||42|
|TD||07:25||David Sims 9 Yd Run (Chris Tanner Kick)||10||42|
Team Stat Comparison
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