NCAA Game Summary - Georgia at Georgia Tech|
(Saturday, November 28th)
Final Score: Georgia 30, (7) Georgia Tech 24
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Washaun Ealey and Caleb King combined for 349
rushing yards, and the Georgia Bulldogs topped the seventh-ranked Yellow
Jackets, 30-24, in the annual "Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate" rivalry.
Ealey ran for 183 yards on 20 carries, while King had 166 yards and a pair of
touchdowns on 18 touches for Georgia (7-5), which has won eight of the last
nine in this series. Joe Cox completed 8-of-14 passes for 76 yards and a
score, and the Bulldogs defense held the second-ranked rushing offense in the
country to only 205 yards on the ground.
The Bulldogs gave their opponents a taste of their own medicine, running for a
total of 339 yards in the contest.
"I never would have predicted that," said Georgia head coach Mark Richt of the
rushing yardage total, the highest for the Bulldogs since he took over the
team. "I know we wanted to run the ball. I know we wanted to control the clock
as much as possible. We wanted to keep the ball away from Georgia Tech as much
as we could."
Josh Nesbitt, who left the game briefly in the second quarter with an ankle
injury, threw for 135 yards and a touchdown on 6-of-12 efficiency for
Georgia Tech (10-2), which had an eight-game winning streak snapped and will
face Clemson next week in the ACC title game. Demaryius Thomas had five
receptions for 127 yards and a score but dropped what seemed to be an easy
catch on 4th-and-10 late in the game.
"I'm extremely disappointed in the outcome of the game," said Yellow Jackets
head coach Paul Johnson. "You have to give Georgia credit. They had a plan to
come in and run the ball and keep us off the field and they accomplished
Jonathan Dwyer, who had run for more than 100 yards in each of his last four
games, was held to just 33 yards and a touchdown on 14 attempts.
Georgia Tech trailed by 13 after a Bulldogs field goal early in the fourth,
but the Yellow Jackets cut their deficit to six, 30-24, after Nesbitt's one-
yard touchdown plunge with 7:31 to play.
Georgia then went to the ground in an attempt to take time off the clock,
giving the ball to Ealey on four of the first six plays. On 3rd-and-4 from the
GT 34, a short pass to King went for a three-yard loss, and Blair Walsh's 55-
yard field goal attempt went wide left, giving the ball back to the Yellow
Jackets on the 45 with 3:03 remaining.
Nesbitt ran for nine combined yards on the first two plays of the ensuing
possession, but the handoff attempt on third down was fumbled and recovered
for no gain. Facing 4th-and-1 with 1:53 left, a toss to Roddy Jones went for
eight yards and a first down to the Georgia 46.
Georgia Tech tried to throw deep passes on each of its next three plays, but
Nesbitt couldn't connect on any of them. On 4th-and-10, Nesbitt found Thomas
wide open on the left sideline for first-down yardage, but Thomas simply
dropped the ball, giving the Bulldogs the ball and the win.
Georgia took the opening kickoff and drove for a touchdown. The Bulldogs
rushed on each of their 10 plays, and King, who provided 32 of the 74 yards on
the drive, scored from six yards away for the early 7-0 lead.
The Yellow Jackets got on the board in the early moments of the second
quarter, as Scott Blair drilled a 42-yard field goal. Georgia, though,
answered with Walsh's 22-yard field goal to restore the seven-point margin.
The Bulldogs recorded an interception on the next offensive play, setting the
team up at their own 43. On the eighth play of the series, Cox completed a 13-
yard touchdown pass to Michael Moore to extend the lead to 17-3 with just over
three minutes until halftime.
Georgia Tech drew closer at the outset of the second half, as Nesbitt deviated
from the run-heavy offense to throw a 76-yard touchdown pass to Thomas to get
the Jackets to within seven points.
But King pushed Georgia's lead back up to 14 soon after, sprinting for a 75-
yard score on the next drive's first play for a 24-10 game less than two
minutes into the third.
Nesbitt then led the Yellow Jackets down the field in a more traditional
manner, using 12 plays to go 80 yards. Dwyer's five-yard scoring run capped
the series to once again make it a seven-point game.
Walsh's 38-yard field goal accounted for the 27-17 margin heading to the
fourth. Nesbitt lost a fumble on the ensuing possession, and Walsh kicked a
43-yard field goal with 13:39 left in the game to put Georgia ahead by 13.
Georgia has won three of its last four games...The Bulldogs lead the all-time
series that dates back to 1893, 60-39-5...Georgia Tech fell to 203-208-24 all-
time against SEC schools, while Georgia improved to 153-89-18.
11/29 01:10:02 ET