Georgia Bulldogs: Tevin Washington

Game breakdown: Georgia Tech-Georgia

November, 23, 2012
Saturday, Noon
Sanford Stadium, Athens, Ga.

Records: Georgia 10-1 (7-1 SEC), Georgia Tech 6-5 (5-3 ACC)

Last week: Georgia beat Georgia Southern 45-14, Georgia Tech beat Duke 42-24

What’s the Story?: No. 3 Georgia needs one more win to all but ensure that next week’s SEC championship game is for a spot in the BCS championship game. That win will have to come in Saturday’s game against in-state rival Georgia Tech -- in the final home game Georgia’s seniors will play between Sanford Stadium’s storied hedges. Victory over the Yellow Jackets means an enormous buildup to next week’s game in Atlanta. A defeat would be one of the most devastating losses in Mark Richt’s tenure as Georgia’s coach.

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[+] EnlargeAaron Murray
Todd Kirkland/Icon SMIAaron Murray has been on point in his first two meetings with Georgia Tech.

Players to watch:

  1. Aaron Murray: Georgia’s quarterback has toyed with Tech’s secondary in two previous meetings, so expect to see him sling it around on Saturday. He leads the nation with a 174.33 passer rating and is coming off a 330-yard performance last Saturday against Georgia Southern.

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Scouting report: Georgia Tech 

November, 20, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia fans are busy working out their team’s BCS title chances, but the third-ranked Bulldogs (10-1) still have a game to play before an SEC championship game victory could potentially allow them to play for a national title.

Standing in their way is a Georgia Tech team (6-5) that recovered from a 2-4 start to claim a spot in next week’s ACC championship game against Florida State. The Yellow Jackets’ option offense will create headaches for the Bulldogs, but if Georgia beats its in-state rival for the 11th time in 12 tries under coach Mark Richt, the following week’s SEC title game will have major national implications for Richt’s team.

Record: 6-5 (5-3 ACC)
How the game was won: Georgia used an efficient passing game and a defense that produced two third-quarter turnovers to launch a string of 17 unanswered points between the second and third quarters. The Bulldogs had pushed their lead from 14-10 to 31-10 before Georgia Tech answered with a touchdown midway through the final period.

Stat of the game: 1-4-2. With Georgia Tech's defense struggling to control the Bulldogs' passing attack, the Yellow Jackets were forced out of their comfort zone and had to throw the ball in the third quarter. Quarterback Tevin Washington went 1-for-4 for 8 yards, but more importantly, threw interceptions to Michael Gilliard and Shawn Williams -- both deep in Tech territory. The Bulldogs scored a touchdown after the Williams interception to go up 31-10.

Player of the game: Aaron Murray. Georgia's quarterback carried the offense in the first half, going 13-for-18 for 193 yards and two touchdowns as the Bulldogs took a 17-10 lead into the locker room. Murray kept clicking in the second half, finishing 19-for-29 for 252 yards, four touchdowns and one interception.

Best call: Georgia hadn't handed the ball to a fullback once this season until it faced third-and-2 at the Georgia Tech 30 in the third quarter. Fullback Zander Ogletree surprised most everyone in the stadium -- certainly the Georgia Tech defense -- when he took a handoff 21 yards to the Yellow Jackets' 9. That set up a Murray touchdown pass to Aron White that put the Bulldogs up 31-10.

What it means: Georgia extends its winning streak to 10 games -- the longest in-season winning streak under Coach Mark Richt and longest for a Georgia team since the 1982 team won 11 in a row. The win is also Georgia's 10th against Georgia Tech in 11 seasons under Richt.


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