Georgia Football escapes Georgia Tech 31-23. Let’s start with the positive before we get into the negative. Georgia won, and that is all that matters. Furthermore, the Dawgs have now made history. Georgia has now won 29 games in a row. That SEC record surpasses legendary teams coached by Bear Bryant and Gene Stallings.
In addition, the Dawgs finished the regular season undefeated for the third straight year. I never thought I would type that sentence. The run the Dawgs are on is amazing. Also, the Dawgs further their streak over Tech with six wins in a row. So good job, Techies, keeping it close; I guess y’all get a gold star for that one?
Another positive was Kendall Milton. Milton ran for 18 carries for 156 yards and two touchdowns. This was another great performance by Milton, who broke his career high of 154 yards set two weeks ago against Ole Miss. Milton willed the Dawgs to victory tonight; for that, he will always be a DGD.
Okay, now for the negative. First, the defense got run all over. Tech ran for 205 yards on the Dawgs defense. Georgia could not stop the run to save their lives. I do not know what Tech’s offense was doing, but Georgia was also not tackling and wrapping up well. Tech could run the ball outside of tackles all day on the Dawgs. At times, there was nobody at the second level of the defense for the Dawgs to stop the Tech ground game.
If this defense shows up to the “Benz” next week for the SEC Championship, Georgia will get run out of the building. It was hard to watch at times. Many Georgia fans were calling first downs when the Tech ball carrier got the ball. Extremely frustrating to watch the defense tonight.
Now, the referees for this game were hot garbage. They were not the ones allowing Tech to run all over Georgia’s defense, but they made it a heck of a lot easier. I will not be one of those Tennessee fans complaining about the refs online, but it was bad on both sides.
Also, objectively, the referees kept Tech in this game. But whatever, the Dawgs overcame that and pulled it out. Also, when did the home team in this series get refs from their conference? Seems odd to me. But I will not cry anymore about the refs; that is like crying over spilled milk.
Turnovers made this game a lot closer than it should have been. Georgia turned the ball over the first play of the game for the offense, and Carson Beck threw an interception late in the endzone when the Dawgs could have been up by three possessions. Just like the Auburn game, it was close because of turnovers. Georgia had control of this game all the way through it, but those two turnovers cost Georgia a blowout win over the hated Yellow Jackets.
Georgia had Ladd McConkey, Brock Bowers, Rara Thomas, and Tate Ratledge all out for this game. They were all healthy scratches. Georgia should have won by at least three scores, but costly penalties and turnovers cost them a bigger win. Kirby Smart knew the Dawgs would win this game and did not care if they covered the spread. The Dawgs move on to 12-0, and the SEC Championship game is essentially a playoff game.
This game got weird with the ref, the twenty million commercials, and the turnovers. But the Dawgs came out on top, which is all that matters.
Hopefully, the Dawgs will work on something to stop the outside run, and quarterback runs to beat Alabama. Let’s bury this game deep in our brains and move on to the SEC Championship. A date with history awaits us all.