The ‘Clean, Old Fashion Hate’ rivalry between the Georgia Bulldogs and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets was restored for the 114th edition today in Atlanta at Bobby Dodd Stadium. The Bulldogs flexed their muscles in the third quarter to cruise to a 52-7 victory over the Yellow Jackets.
Late in the third quarter, the term ‘Clean Old-Fashioned Hate’ lived up to its name. Bulldogs’ wide receiver George Pickens and Yellow Jackets’ defensive back Tre Swilling got in a heated shoving match with Pickens throwing a punch and getting ejected.
Pickens had been previously benched in the first half of Saturday’s rivalry matchup against Tech. He will be probably be suspended the first half or maybe more of the SEC title game on Dec. 6.
Despite the actual fight being the only fight, the Yellow Jackets showed in the second half; they did put up one in the first half in between the whistles.
The Yellow Jackets defense created a lot of opportunities in the first half for their offense. They recovered two forced fumbles, but the offense failed to produce points on both drives. The Yellow Jackets’ rolled the dice in the second quarter after their only touchdown drive and called an onside kick. It paid off because they recovered it but failed to get any points out of the drive.
The Bulldogs had their fair share of missed opportunities and mistakes as well in the first half. They had two lost fumbles and missed a field goal right before the half. In the third quarter, though, the Bulldogs came out of the half to score on its first drive and didn’t look back.
Georgia’s quarterback Jake Fromm threw for 149 yards and three touchdowns alone in the third quarter. Unfortunately, it wasn’t all good in the third quarter. They lost junior running back D’Andre Swift to a shoulder injury. Yellow Jackets’ linebacker David Curry delivered the big hit on Bulldogs’ running back Swift to force the fumble and forced Swift to be sidelined with a shoulder injury for the remainder of the game.
Swift status is unknown and will be closely evaluated throughout the week. These will be two huge losses for the Bulldogs if Swift can’t play, and Pickens is suspended for the whole game.
Georgia Tech finishes the season 3-9 and moves on to the offseason to get ready for year two of head coach Geoff Collins era. Georgia finishes 11-1 for the third straight year and looks forward to the SEC title game on Dec. 6 against Louisiana State University. If the Bulldogs can secure a victory, they will also get a College Football Playoff berth.