Tech sputters in Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate game
A crisp, gloomy Saturday afternoon was the scene for another classic battle “between the hedges” as the Georgia Bulldogs clashed against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the annual Clean, Old-fashioned Hate rivalry game. However, the game quickly got out of hand as the Bulldogs steamrolled their way to a 45-21 victory behind a stellar performance by Jake Fromm, who completed 13-of-16 passes for 175 yards and four touchdowns.
The Bulldogs pounced on the Yellow Jackets early in the game scoring two touchdowns on their first two drives of the match. Fromm connected with Riley Ridley for a 1-yard touchdown pass with 10:23 in the first quarter. D’Andre Swift found his way into the end zone on a 1-yard carry to extend the Bulldogs lead to 14 with 51 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
The Yellow Jackets appeared to show some determination after scoring just before the end of the first quarter when Juanye Thomas returned a record-setting 100-yard kickoff to the house to narrow the margin to seven. Quarterback TaQuon Marshall had a challenging day against a stout Georgia defense, but he had the most productive day offensively — albeit Tech’s offense collectively sputtered the entire game. Marshall completed 4-of-12 passes for 69 yards and a touchdown that he completed to Brad Stewart for 28 yards with 39 seconds left in the game.
Without the benefit of film, here’s what led to Tech dropping their fifth game of the season:
No steam behind the triple option
Many have suggested Tech part ways with legendary head coach Paul Johnson due to the unstable nature of his triple-option offensive scheme. Georgia’s defense played with discipline and did not miss their assignments often. Tech ran the ball 46 times for 128 yards, an average of 2.8 yards per attempt. Simply put, defenses are becoming accustomed to defending the triple option.
The Bulldogs bully Tech on the ground
Georgia is a team that imposes their will by running the ball directly at their opponent consistently. Georgia’s linemen are massive, and their running backs D’Andre Swift and Elijah Holyfield are a prolific one-two punch. Swift had 105 yards and a touchdown, while Holyfield ran for 79 yards and a touchdown. As a team, the Bulldogs accumulated 285 yards on the ground and averaged 6.8 yards per attempt.
Georgia (11-1, 7-1) will face Alabama next Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the SEC Championship. Georgia Tech (7-5, 5-3) is bowl eligible and will have to wait to see which bowl game they will play in and who their opponent will be.