Georgia football eventually ran away from Georgia Tech on Saturday, but it took the Dawgs a whole half to get things going. While it did take longer than fans would have liked, the game still resulted in a blowout victory over the Yellow Jackets, making it five straight wins over the in-state rival.
The Dawgs took a conservative approach to this game, and while the Yellow Jackets had some success, it wasn’t that much. Georgia Tech may have scored twice, but it came on the opening drive, when Georgia wasn’t quite awake yet and when the Dawgs took out their starters in the fourth quarter.
There were some concerning moments in this game from Georgia, but it was nothing to worry about because it’s all part of the process. Head coach Kirby Smart has a plan not just for this week but the entire season, and we’re seeing it slowly play out before us.
So many fans see what is right in front of them, but if they take a moment to look at the big picture, Smart is playing the long ball. He knows to get to the playoffs, you have to win, and Georgia has done that. The Dawgs have blown out teams and kept it close with opponents that shouldn’t have been in the game at all.
Isn’t that the impressive part? Georgia should have blown out all 12 opponents but didn’t have to, and it’s not because the Dawgs struggled. No, each opponent gave it everything it had because Georgia has a target on its back, and none of them really phased the Dawgs. Sure it’s frustrating to see the Dawgs “play down to their opponents,” but who is still undefeated, and who isn’t?
Now that the regular season is over, Georgia remains undefeated and is headed to its second straight SEC Championship. Before focusing on LSU, here are 12 one-liner takeaways from the Dawgs’ 12th victory.
Georgia football beat Georgia Tech, and these are our 12 one-line takeaways.
- Georgia needs to feed Kenny McIntosh more than 12 carries because he runs with a vengeance — Do we need to remind you of the 45-yard run and 83-yard catch?
- Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint has stepped up and become someone that starting quarterback Stetson Bennett can trust.
- Kendall Milton looks more confident than ever after that 44-yard run, and it’s time to see what else he can do now that he is healthy.
- Bennett has been stagnant in the passing game recently, not because of issues but to appease the bigger-picture game plan.
- Georgia has a serious weapon in Jack Podlensy — that 50-yarder was massive.
- The Dawgs’ special teams made plays happen, and that awareness to tackle the punter gave Georgia the perfect field position to put away the game.
- Georgia had to beat the refs, as the Dawgs had six penalties for 70 yards, a few too many than they usually have.
- Smael Mondon is a stud — he led the team in tackles two weeks in a row and will be critical for the Dawgs this postseason.
- Georgia had 11 tackles for loss, the most in one game this year, and while the tackling felt lazy, this stat proves otherwise.
- For the most part, Georgia stayed healthy, which will be a massive advantage in the postseason.
- Georgia’s secondary gave up 215 yards to Tech, which feels weird, but it’s because the Dawgs made them one-dimensional.
- The Dawgs move to 12-0 for the second-straight year, a historic feat and one that should tell the fans this 2022 squad may come out better than the 2021 team.
Georgia put together a strong game, and while the Dawgs did give up a garbage touchdown late — it was a tail-whupping. The Dawgs trusted the game plan and executed it to win by 23 points.
These takeaways are similar to what we’ve seen most of the year, but at the same time, we want to provide a lucky 13th note — Georgia grows stronger each week and more mature. The Dawgs may not impress folks weekly as fans see what happens in front of them and nothing else, but this team is elite and coming for another national championship.