Georgia football: what went right in the win over Georgia Tech

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ATHENS, GA – NOVEMBER 24: Jeremiah Holloman #9 of the Georgia Bulldogs (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
ATHENS, GA – NOVEMBER 24: Jeremiah Holloman #9 of the Georgia Bulldogs (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images) /

Georgia football ran up 45 points on Georgia Tech before calling off the Dawgs Saturday. Georgia won 45-21 to end the season 11-1.

Georgia football made their 45-21 victory over the Yellow Jackets look easy Saturday. The Jake Fromm led offense scored 45 points through 35 minutes to open the game. They reached the end zone on six of their first seven possessions. Tech’s best defender in the first half was the clock that ran out on Georgia’s offense facing second-and-goal from the eight-yard-line. Here’s everything the Dawgs did right Saturday:

Jake Fromm slinging the ball around

Georgia Tech didn’t have an answer for anything the Bulldogs threw at them, especially when Jake Fromm was the one doing the throwing. The middle Georgia gunslinger only tossed 16 passes Saturday, but 13 of them were caught for a grand total of 175 yards and four touchdowns.

Tech couldn’t pressure Fromm and they definitely couldn’t cover Georgia’s receivers and tight ends. Georgia only faced third-and-medium or more twice with Fromm leading the offense. The first was a nine-yard-pass to Isaac Nauta on third-and-10, which Fromm followed by sneaking across the line to gain. The second instance was a 12-yard touchdown pass to J.J. Holloman on third-and-five.

D’Andre Swift going over 100 yards again

So, this is what a healthy D’Andre Swift looks like? The man can’t be stopped. How can any defender stop him one-on-one? He can run people over or juke around them. The side isn’t an option either because of his stiff-arm.

Georgia Tech found all of that out the hard way, allowing Swift to rush for 105 yards on just 14 carries. He ended the offenses goal line issues with a powerful one-yard-run in the first quarter. In fact, that touchdown was one of only five runs Swift had where he didn’t gain five yards all game long.

Shutting down the triple option

When it comes to playing Georgia Tech, there’s really just one key to victory, stopping the triple option. Georgia’s defense owns the DVD right on how to stop the offense. Tech rushed for 128 yards as a team, over 200 yards less than their season average, and 18 yards less than their previous season low from their game with Clemson.

Tech only had nine runs of at least five yards, and their average for the game was 2.8 yards per carry. Which is around three yards below their YAC average this entire season. Tech likes to run the ball, they absolutely were not allowed to Saturday. Georgia proved who runs the state.

Not missing out on points

One issue Georgia has faced all year is failing to score touchdowns in the red zone. For two weeks, Georgia’s first-team hasn’t missed out on any points. The Dawgs scored touchdowns on their first five possessions, only had to kick a field goal because they ran out of time in the second quarter, and then added one more touchdown for good measure in the third quarter.

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It’s not like all the touchdowns were big plays. Only one touchdown came away from the red zone, the 44-yard-pass to Mecole Hardman. Four of the touchdowns were in goal-to-go situations. If the Bulldogs hope to beat Alabama, this is a trend that needs to continue.