NCAA Game Summary - Georgia Tech at Georgia|
(Saturday, November 29th)
Final Score: (18) Georgia Tech 45, (13) Georgia 42
Athens, GA (Sports Network) - Roddy Jones carried the ball 13 times for 214
yards and two scores, as 18th-ranked Georgia Tech rallied in the second half
to down 13th-ranked Georgia, 45-42, in a Peach State battle at Sanford
Jonathan Dwyer had 20 carries for 144 yards and two scores and Lucas Cox added
a rushing touchdown for the Yellow Jackets (9-3), who won three of their last
four games to close out the regular season.
"We did a great job on blocking today," said Jones. "In the third quarter, we
wanted to take control of the game. At halftime, coach told us to get back to
basics and told us Georgia wasn't doing anything we haven't seen before. It is
a big win for us and now we need to get ready for the bowl game."
It was a hollow victory for Georgia Tech, though, as the team was denied a
spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game since Virginia Tech
defeated Virginia, 17-14, on Saturday.
However, Georgia Tech did snap a seven-game losing streak to Georgia.
Matthew Stafford went 24-for-39 with 407 yards, five touchdowns and one
interceptions while Mohamed Massaquoi caught 11 passes for 180 yards and three
scores for the Bulldogs (9-3), who had won five of six coming into the game.
Trailing by 16 points to start the second half, Georgia Tech scored 26 in the
third quarter to take the lead.
"It was a lack of execution on our part and excellent execution on their
part," said Georgia coach Mark Richt. "A couple of times, we squeezed them to
within six inches of the sideline and they were able to stay in bounds. We
fought back to within three twice and kept batting away, but it was just not
enough at the end."
On the first offensive play of the second half, Dwyer took a handoff down the
right sideline 60 yards into the end zone. The two-point conversion attempt
was successful and it was a 28-20 game.
The Yellow Jackets held the Bulldogs to a three-and-out and pounded the ball
into the end zone as the team used nine straight rushes, followed with a pass
interference call and capped on a Jones eight-yard score on a toss out to the
left side. Josh Nesbitt tied the game on the two-point conversion as he kept
the ball on a sneak up the middle.
Richard Samuel fumbled on the ensuing kickoff and the Yellow Jackets took
their first lead of the game on the next play, as Dwyer took a handoff up the
middle, kicked it out to the right side and raced into the end zone from 23
yards out for a 35-28 advantage with 7:55 left in the third.
Georgia Tech later tacked on a 28-yard field goal from Scott Blair to take a
38-28 lead into the fourth quarter.
Georgia got its offense back on track in the fourth quarter as Knowshon Moreno
took a handoff to the left and raced down the sideline into the end zone from
32 yards out to make it a 38-35 game with 10:23 to play.
The Yellow Jackets, though, answered on their next possession as Jones took a
pitch out to the right, bounced off of two tacklers and sprinted into the end
zone from 54 yards out for a 45-35 lead.
The Bulldogs again made it a three-point game with 4:04 to go in the contest
as Stafford and A.J. Green hooked up on a 12-yard score.
The Yellow Jackets, though, were able to get the first downs they needed in
order to kill off the rest of the clock.
The Bulldogs started the game with the ball and wasted no time in taking the
lead as the team needed just 3:20 to get into the end zone. After Moreno was
stopped twice at the one-yard-line, Stafford rolled out to the right and found
Tripp Chandler in the back of the end zone.
The Yellow Jackets got on the board later in the first as Morgan Burnett
picked off a Stafford pass and raced down the right sideline into the end zone
from 35 yards out. A bad snap on the extra-point attempt resulted in a 7-6
score with 2:57 left in the first.
Georgia answered on its ensuing drive as Stafford found Massaquoi near the
goalline and Massaquoi squeezed between two defenders for a 10-yard score and
a 14-6 lead 1:24 into the second.
Georgia Tech followed with an eight-play, 65-yard drive that the team capped
on a two-yard score from Cox. The big play of the drive was a 36-yard run by
Jones and, after the two-point conversion failed, it was a 14-12 game with
9:22 left in the first half.
The Bulldogs struck quickly on their next touch as Massaquoi caught a pass on
a crossing pattern, broke a tackle and raced into the end zone on a 49-yard
score for a 21-12 lead with seven minutes left on the first-half clock.
With time winding down in the frame, Georgia grab a 28-12 lead, as Massaquoi
made a sliding catch in the end zone from three yards out to cap a six-play,
The Bulldogs own a 59-39-5 lead in the all-time series with the Yellow
Jackets...Georgia head coach Mark Richt was 7-0 against the Yellow Jackets
coming into the game...Georgia Tech finished the game with 409 yards on the
ground...Nesbitt went 1-for-6 passing with 19 yards and an interception and
added 40 yards on the ground...Moreno had 17 carries for 94 yards and the
score and added four catches for 74 yards.
11/30 00:54:38 ET