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After Slow Start, Georgia Dominates Georgia Tech


By Don Stone - Georgia Football Magazine and Football Atlanta

 Entering the season, the game with Georgia Tech looked like it would be another blowout. Tech had other ideas.

   The Yellow Jacket head coach, Geoff Collins, appeared to have no clue how to improve a team that had won just 3 games each of his last three seasons. The administration agreed and canned him three games into the season.

   But, since then, interim head coach Brent Key has had an amazing turnaround getting his team to believe in themselves and climb to a 5-6 record including a surprising 21-17 win on the road last weekend at then #13 North Carolina and an earlier road win at then #24 Pitt.

  The Ramblin' Wreck had a lot to play for with a win making them bowl eligible for the first time in years. When talking about facing the #1 team in the country, Key said "number one is just 10 points higher than number 13."

  Add to that the fact that the Bulldogs have seemed to play up or down to the level of their competition this season with lackluster wins over Kent State, Missouri and Kentucky.

  And this one seemed to be playing that pattern out as the Yellow Jackets jumped out to a 7-0 lead with an opening drive touchdown, something UGA had not allowed in 18 straight games.

  After being held to a field goal, the crowd was a bit apprehensive seeing their Dawgs trailing as late as 8 minutes to go in the first half.
  Then, they woke up with a TD of their own taking a 10-7 lead into the half. A nice pep talk in the locker room lit their fire and the national champs came out swinging with 13 unanswered points in the third quarter. That 23-7 lead was just the beginning with two more touchdowns before Tech finally got more meaningless points near the end.

  The 36-14 final score gave UGA their first ever back to back 12-0 seasons as they turn their full attention to the SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. They'll host LSU who later in the evening was handed their third loss of the season in a surprising outcome at a struggling Texas A&M. Kickoff is set for 4:00 p.m.