Georgia Post-game Notes at Ga. Tech (from UGA)
*Bulldogs Win In Atlanta Again: With today’s 13-7 victory, Georgia reclaims the Governor’s Cup Trophy and extends its advantage in the series 65-38-5. The Bulldogs are 13-2 against Tech under Mark Richt including 8-0 in Atlanta. Under Richt, Georgia is 60-11 against teams from the outside SEC including 18-9 on the road.
*Defense Dominates: For the first time this season, Georgia pitched a shutout in the first half, and it was the first time that Tech has been shutout through the first two periods. Overall, Tech was held to a season-low 7 points today and had just 194 yards on the ground after averaging 31 points/game and 261 rushing yards/game. In the first half, Tech was held to 145 total yards, all on the ground and was 0-for-3 passing. Tech didn’t score until 3:24 left in the contest that made it 13-7. Senior LB Jake Ganus led all tacklers with 12 stops.
*Win The Toss, Take The Football And Score A TD: For the second straight week, Georgia won the coin toss, elected to take the football and went on to score a touchdown. Today, the Bulldogs went 75 yards on eight plays in 4:41 capped by a 34-yard run by Sony Michel. Last week against Ga. Southern, the Bulldogs went 61 yards on seven plays in 3:58, culminating in a 23-yard TD run by sophomore Isaiah McKenzie.
*Sanders Sets Interception Return Yard Record: Sophomore Dominick Sanders set a school record for interception return yards in a season following his team-leading fifth pick. His 22-yard return gave him 205 yards for the year, breaking the previous mark of 189 by Eli Maricich in 1948 on eight INTs. Sander has eight career interceptions for 269 yards and that yardage already ranks fourth in school history.
*Michel Joins 1,000-Yard Club: Sophomore TB Sony Michel became the 13th Bulldog in school history to rush for at least 1,000 yards in a season after he finished with 149 yards on 24 carries (6.2 avg). He went over the mark with a four-yard rush in the 3rd quarter. Michel had a 34-yard touchdown scamper on 4th and one on Georgia’s opening drive of the game. It was his longest run since a 45-yarder against Kentucky on Nov. 7. Also today, Michel had three catches for 38 yards to give him 187 all-purpose yards.
*Big Afternoon For Godwin: Freshman Terry Godwin compiled eight catches for 78 yards, both career highs today. His previous career high was six catches for 78 yards in the win over Missouri on Oct. 17. Godwin also served as the punt returner but had no return yards. Junior QB Greyson Lambert finished 18-for-25 for 224 yards directing the offense and completed passes to six different Bulldogs.
*Morgan Eclipses 400 Career Points: With two field goals and a PAT today, senior PK Marshall Morgan tallied seven points to give him 403 for his career, which ranks third in SEC and Bulldog history. He finished two-for-three today (made from 19 and 37, missed from 40). In his career, Morgan is 63-for-83 in field goals and has an SEC record 214 PATs.
*For Starters: Freshman inside linebacker Natrez Patrick made his first career start. He became the 22nd first-time starter this year. He was credited with a career-high four tackles, one sack and 2 TFL
*Fourth Down Attempts: Georgia was 1-for-2 on fourth downs in the first half and 0-for-1in 2nd Half. The first one came on a 4th-and- 1 from the Tech 34 that resulted in a 34-yard touchdown run by sophomore TB Sony Michel. The second attempt failed on a 4th-and 1 at the Tech 12 as senior FB Quayvon Hicks was stopped for no gain. Tech was 1-for-2. They had a 4th-and-1 attempt at the UGA 41 resulted in a two-yard loss on a tackle made by Bulldog senior DT James DeLoach. However on 4th-and-3 from the UGA 35, Georgia was flagged for offsides to give Tech a first down. In the second half, Tech was 1-for-1 on 4th downs. Georgia came in to today’s game 4-for-9 (44%) on 4th downs while opponents were 8-for-17 (47%) against the Bulldogs.
*Points Off Turnovers: Georgia got three points off three turnovers. For the year, Georgia is +3 in Turnover Margin. In the first half, Dominick Sanders notched his team-leading fifth interception and returned it 22 yards to the Tech 23 to thwart a scoring opportunity. The Bulldogs eventually were forced to punt. In the 3rd quarter, sophomore Lorenzo Carter forced a fumble, and it was recovered by senior DT James DeLoach at the UGA 33. It led to a 19-yard field goal by senior Marshall Morgan and a 10-0 edge with 5:55 left in the 3rd quarter. The game ended with junior Quincy Mauger registered an interception.
*Up Next: Georgia (9-3) will learn its bowl destination on Dec. 6. Georgia has extended its school record streak to 18 straight seasons of going to a bowl and that’s the second longest streak nationally (Va. Tech, 23).