Matthew Stafford ran for one touchdown and threw for another,
Thomas Brown rushed for 130 yards, and Number 6 Georgia seemed to
catch every break in stretching its winning streak to seven in a
row over Georgia Tech with a 31-17 victory today.
Late in the third quarter, the Bulldogs (10-2) learned their
hopes of winning the SEC East ended when Tennessee defeated
Kentucky 52-50 in a four-overtime thriller. Both Georgia and the
Vols have 6-2 records in the conference, but Tennessee won the
tiebreaker with its 35-14 victory over the Bulldogs in early
Georgia Tech (7-5) hasn't beaten Georgia since 2000, and there's
plenty of speculation that this latest loss could cost coach Chan
Gailey his job. He dropped to 0-6 against the Yellow Jackets'
biggest rival, and athletic director Dan Radakovich has said he'll
evaluate the program after the season.
Stafford caught Georgia Tech off guard by running for a 31-yard
touchdown in the second quarter, one of four lead changes in the
first half. The last of those came with 1:02 left in the second
quarter, when Stafford hooked up with Mohamed Massaquoi on a 9-yard
touchdown that sent the Bulldogs to the locker room up 16-14.
There would be no more lead changes. Brannan Southerland powered
over from the 3 after Stafford threw 55 yards to Sean Bailey. Brown
finished off the Yellow Jackets with a 32-yard run down the right
sideline with just over 11 minutes left.
A 2-point conversion provided the final margin, the first time
in four years the game wasn't decided in the closing minutes.
Tashard Choice led the Yellow Jackets with 134 yards, including
a 12-yard touchdown. Taylor Bennett threw a 17-yard TD pass to
Colin Peek in an otherwise forgettable performance.
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