The Georgia-Georgia Tech game was an entertaining rivalry game, but it was also a turnover-prone game. However, Georgia was able to capitalize on the game’s last turnover and was able to secure being bowl-eligible with a 42-34 win over the Yellow Jackets.
The biggest mistake in retrospect was not a turnover, but a missed extra point by Georgia Tech senior kicker Scott Blair. Tech had battled from a 14-point deficit to seemingly tie the game, but a chip shot extra point was missed, so the score remained 35-34 with less than five minutes to go in the game.
Georgia Tech rushed for 414 yards and was led by Anthony Allen’s team-leading 166 yards. However, the Bulldogs Aaron Murray was up to the challenge as he passed for three touchdowns in the Bulldogs sixth win of the season.
It was a hard fought game till the very end, and the Bulldogs provided the Yellow Jackets multiple chances, but had squandered those opportunities early and late in the game.
The Bulldogs had a chance to run the clock out after Blair’s unfortunate miss, but the Bulldogs fumbled and Georgia Tech quarterback Tevin Washington had one last chance to lead the team downfield for a field goal attempt by Blair.
However, Tech turned the ball over on downs.
In a move of strategy with less than two minutes to go in the game, Paul Johnson instructed his defense to let the Bulldogs score and Washaun Ealey did just that as the Bulldogs exyended their lead to eight points, 42-34.
It was a long shot, but Georgia Tech had one last opportunity to tie the game.
Tevin Washington, starting his third consecutive game in place of injured Joshua Nesbitt, was poised to get his name in the record books in regard to leading a comeback, but the Bulldogs’ Justin Houston dropped back into coverage with less than a minute to go in the game and intercepted the sophomore which effectively ended the game.
Georgia Tech is bowl eligible, but has lost ten of the last eleven meetings against the Bulldogs. For the Bulldogs, embattled coach Mark Richt will likely receive a reprieve for a subpar season despite a 6-6 record.
Murray, who had been dealing with a bruised knee and chest after a tough loss to Auburn on November 14th, had an extra week to recover and played well despite the injuries.
The redshirt freshman completed 15 of 19 passes for 271 yards.