With the wrecking of Georgia Tech now complete, the Georgia Bulldogs have gone 12-0 for the 2nd time in history. The previous time being in 1980, when Georgia won the National Championship. The stars have aligned, now for the next phase of the quest, the Dawgs must defeat Alabama in the SEC Championship.
Alabama barely survived Auburn in the Iron Bowl. This highlights the importance of putting Alabama away quickly and making sure Alabama can’t get back in the game. There can be no mistakes against Alabama, there can be no missed opportunities. Georgia played a very efficient and disciplined game against Georgia Tech. Georgia had no obvious mistakes and no penalties. Georgia was without a doubt an elite team this week, but they must not relent. Bigger games await on the horizon against tougher opponents. Georgia’s greatest dreams are within reach. There is no room for error anymore.
An exciting aspect of the game against Georgia Tech was that George Pickens, who tore his ACL in the spring, had his first playing time and reception of the season. Having Pickens healthy and back on the active roster adds a powerful weapon to Georgia’s air attack. A potential problem though, Kearis Jackson did suffer a rib injury that took him out of the game, hopefully, he will recover soon. Chris Smith (knee) and Jamaree Salyer (foot) are still injured and did not dress out. Salyer and Smith probably won’t be ready to play against Alabama next week, but they could potentially return for the playoffs.
Georgia dominated the run game. Kenny McIntosh and Daijun Edwards each scored a running touchdown. McIntosh rushed for 66 yards on two carries, his longest run being a 59-yard touchdown. Edwards rushed for 43 yards on six carries, his longest run being 23 yards. James Cook and Zamir White each had some quality carries, eight carries for 37 yards, and six carries for 34 yards respectively. The offense spent little time on the field, as plays were explosive, efficient, and effective.
Georgia’s receiving corps racked up 255 yards on only 14 receptions. Stetson Bennett went 14-20 with four passing touchdowns. Brock Bowers had three receptions for 100 yards, two touchdowns, and his longest reception being his incredible 77-yard touchdown. Jermaine Burton and Ladd McConkey both scored individual receiving touchdowns. Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint had an incredible 30-yard reception. This receiving corps ripped apart Tech’s defense and amassed one explosive play after another.
Georgia Tech averaged only 2.8 yards per carry on 35 carries. This has become a common storyline throughout the season, no opponent has been effective at running the ball against Georgia. Jordan Davis deserves the Heisman Trophy. Though there has only been one defensive player to win the trophy, which makes Jordan’s chances seem miniscule. Georgia has had two Heisman winners in their history, Frank Sinkwich (1942) and Hershel Walker (1982). Both Sinkwich and Walker led the Bulldogs to national championships in their tenure. So potentially, if Georgia is led to a National Championship this season, history tells us that a Bulldog could get the Heisman Trophy.
Since it has been near impossible to run the ball on Georgia, it would make sense to try and beat Georgia in the air. Georgia Tech only averaged 8.5 yards on eight receptions. This is a result of excellent coverage from Georgia’s secondary and constant pressure from the defensive line. There was not a single pass interreference penalty from the secondary. Excellent discipline from Georgia’s defense. Nakobe Dean (0.5), Quay Walker (0.5), Jamon Dumas-Johnson(1.0) , Robert Beal Jr.(1.0), acquired Georgia’s three sacks of the day.