Everyone talks about their favorite memory of this rivalry. This is the 20th
anniversary for me of what I would consider my best month of football games
The teams had gone back and forth with Quincy Carter and Joe
Hamilton and were tied at 48 with 13 seconds left. UGA was at the Yellow
Jackets' two yard line and decided to go for a touchdown instead of a field
goal. Jaspar Sanks fumbled just before crossing the goal line and
Tech recovered. Tech won it in overtime 51-48 on a Luke Manget field
goal. And, remarkably, that was the last time in the last 10 visits that
Georgia had lost at Bobby Dodd Stadium.
I followed that by heading to the Outback Bowl in Tampa. Drew Brees
in his final college game at Purdue lead the Boilermakers to a 25-0 lead
before Carter lead his Bulldogs back to, at
that time, the biggest comeback in college bowl history with a 28-25
A few weeks later, I was covering my first Super Bowl with my hometown
team, the St. Louis Rams. Kurt Warner and the greatest show on turf
got off to a 16-0 lead But Steve McNair crawled back in and tied it.
With just 1:54 left in the game, a 73 yard pass to Isaac Bruce put
St. Louis up by 7. They barely held on as Kevin Dyson was tackled by Mike
Jones a yard short of the goal line as time ran out on a 23-16 win.
Can't top a month like that.
Back to the present in this sell out game, which was populated mostly
with red and black clad fans. Tech got the ball first at their 25 facing a
defense that is second in the nation having given up a total of 118 points
total in their previous 11 games. The Jackets went three and out. UGA's ball
at their 31 and they matched the three and out. The 56 yard punt rolled out
at the 13 yard line.
Tech again couldn't get a first and punted with Dominick Blalock
taking it back 29 yards to the GT41. Again no first down with Rodrigo
Blankenship putting up the first points of the game from 51 yards...3-0.
Three and out again for the Yellow Jackets including a false start. The
Pressley Harvin punt sailed out at the 36.
A pair of runs by D'andre Swift got a first down at the GT47.
Brian Herrien got 12 to the 35. Herrien got 2 more on a pair of carries
to the 28. An amazing third down 25 yard thrown and catch to Tyler
Simmons made it first and goal at the two. Herrien got the rest to put
his team up 10-0.
Tech couldn't move it again and fumbled with James Graham fumbling
before falling on it.
Georgia scored quickly on their next drive on a 20 yard Charlie
Woerner touchdown catch to extend the lead to 17-0.
Tech again at their 35 as the game moved into the second quarter. Still no
first down with Harvin's punt going out at the 36.
Jake Fromm threw three straight incompletions. So far, when the
Dawgs ran the ball, the moved it. When they only passed on a drive, they
didn't. Jake Carmarda's 45 yard punt was downed at the 20.
After three straight nothing plays, Tech punted. But, Blaylock muffed it
with Tyler Cooksey falling on it at the 17.
Jordan Mason got it to the 10. Then, Graham got four for their
first first down of the game. First and goal at that at the six. On the next
play, the Jackets got on the board with a Tyler Davis TD catch to
make it 17-7.
Taking the cue from the Falcons, who had two straight successful on side
kicks two days earlier, Tech pulled one off as well giving them the ball in
UGA territory at the 47. But the defense held them there.
The Bulldogs began their drive at their 25. On a third and four, Fromm
scrambled for a first down at the 35. Another turnover. This time by Swift
recovered by Justice Dingle at the 42.
Mason got nine to the 33 then converted a third and one to the 28. Mason
again with 11 more into the red zone at the 18. Geoff Collins took
his second time out. Graham scrambled but fell just shy of what he needed.
Brenton King came in and kicked it wide right to keep the score at
Georgia took over at the 20. On a third and eight, Herrien took a short
pass and ran out at the 30. The next play saw him add 11 to the 43. Zamir
White got his first touch for 12. Simmons caught one at the 37 before
stopping the clock at 0:25. Swift ran out for a first down at the 30. A sack
by Dingle and Kirby Smart took his first time out at 0:13. A second
and 18 at the 39. Demetris Robertson caught one up the middle for 14
to make it third and four at the 25 with 8 seconds left. The always reliable
Blankenship came in missed to again keep the score at halftime 17-7. No
points by either team in the second quarter. Even though the Jackets only
had 75 yards of total offense, they somehow lead in time of possession by
three minutes. But, where it counts, they were down by 10.
Georgia got the ball to start the second half with great field position
at their after White took the short kick out to the 47. Swift barreled
forward for two carries for 21 yards to the GT32. A pass interference call
on Tre Swilling put it in the red zone at the 17. Then, Fromm's
signature play, a toss to the left corner of the end zone with Simmons
pulling it down to make it a 24-7 game. The first points for the Bulldogs
since Woerner's TD with 1:21 in the first quarter.
Georgia Tech began their first drive of the half at their 25. A short
pass to the left to Malachi Carter and the WR took it out to
midfield. No more with Harvin kicking it into the end zone. Georgia ball at
From started with a 20 yard toss to Blaylock at the 40. Herrien took a
toss left and picked up 5. Transfer tight end Eli Wolf caught one and
lumbered half the length of the field for 47. UGA had a first and goal at
the 8. Senior DT Brantavious Glanton was hurt on the play but seemed
to be okay, standing on the sidelines. The next play drew a holding call.
First and goal at the four. Then, a potentially disastrous play as Swift
fumbled and hand to be walked off the field. He went into the tent to be
looked at, apparently favoring his left leg.
Tech ball at the four. The4 defense stuck them for no gain. Both teams
had to be separated in the end zone. Blaylock fair caught the punt at the
GT42. Offsetting penalties forced a rekick with the ball downed at the 41.
On the first play, George Pickens got his first catch standing
wide open down the right sidelines taking it in untouched for a 41 yard
score and a 31-7 lead. The kickoff was downed at the 10. Swift came out of
the tent and was sitting on a bench. No apparent need to bring him back in
with a 24 point lead.
A couple of stuffed runs and it was third and 12 at the 8. Blaylock took
the kick at his 34 and ran it back 32 yards to the GT34.
James Cook took his first pass to the left, then maneuvered for 15
to the 19. A handoff to Simmons gave them another first and goal at the
nine. On a third and nine, Fromm found Blaylock in the back of the end zone.
Players had to be separated again drawing a chorus of boos. That changed to
a very loud U-G-A chant through the visiting crowd. Tech fans tried to
respond with "Yellow Jackets," but could barely be heard. During the
scuffle, Pickens was ejected for throwing a punch. Significant because that
will carry over into next week's game. Regardless, it was 38-7.
Tech tried again at their 25. They only got 8 and punted again. Harvin's
55 yard punt was fair caught at the 10.
Stetson Bennett got some time at QB and got a first down an a pair
of carries by White to the 29. Cook got it three times for 21 yards and a
first down at the GT45 ending the third quarter. Surprisingly, Swift was
back in the game, even as Smart was using a lot of backups. On a third and
six, Bennett hit Matt Landers for his first catch and a 26 yard gain
into the red zone at the 15. Three plays later, Kenny McIntosh was
across the goal line with a 45-7 lead.
At this stage, Tech was down by 38, the same difference as their opening
52-14 loss at #3 Clemson. The Jackets began at their 25 and could muster no
Georgia got the ball back on their 45. They had to punt giving it back to
Tech after White downed it at their 3. After virtually no gain, GT punted.
UGA ball at their 45.
After a short run, LB Demetrius Knight had to be walked off the
field and into the tent. The Dawgs again had to punt. But, just when you
thought the scoring was over, Ah Brown dropped the punt with Tyson
Campbell scooping it up and carrying it the short 7 yards into the end
zone. Georgia was giving the Jackets their biggest loss of the season with a
45 point margin, 52-7.
Tech got the ball back at their 25 with just over two minutes to go and
got 16 on a Jamious Griffin run. The freshman got a first down carry
into Georgia territory at their 46. With that, the clock ran out. Final
score, Georgia 52, Tech 7.
That is the largest margin of defeat and the most points
scored by UGA in this rivalry's history.