My take on the Georgia-Georgia Tech game Saturday night.
- Defense dominated this game, neither offense could ever really get into rythm
- Both QBs were off most of the night-defenses put on pressure, but not enough to warrant some of the throws seen; Shockley was 15-34, Ball was 18-35
- However, Shockley made the big throw on third down late in the fourth quarter to put Georgia up for good; UGA 2-2 in the redzone with TDs
- Penalties killed two Tech drives-you simply cannot make those mistakes when you are the underdog; although UGA had more yards in penalties, Tech had the ones that hurt the most
- Tech should have run the ball more; UGA played nickel defense probably 80% of the downs on defense; Reggie Ball never really got into a rythm; Tech runs the ball 37 times (14 of those runs by Ball, PJ Daniels got 16 carries for 77 yards-almost 5 ypc)
- 1st and 10 from the opponents 12 yard line and you call a 5 yard stop route to your seconardary receiver-Did Tech not think UGA would be in press coverage with the backs at the goaline?
- Calvin Johnson catches 2 passes for 14 yards; he was probably double teamed 70% of the plays.
- Georgia narrowly prevented losing to their three biggest rivals for the first time since 1999.
- Georgia has won 5 straight in this season; Chan Gailey remains winless against UGA in his 4 seasons.
- Tech outgained UGA 327 to 266; led time of possession 34:10 to 25:50
- Reggie Ball is now 20-15 as Tech's starter. In 20 wins, Reggie has thrown 30 TD and 14 INT; in 15 losses he has thrown 6 TD and 25 INT.
If you look at the stats, Tech outplayed UGA, but the Yellow Jackets shot themselves in the foot at key times. UGA made two more plays than Tech-the TD to Bryan McClendon and the Tim Jennings interception at the end of the game.
Georgia gains some big momentum with their biggest win of the year heading into the SEC Championshp Game. Tech must regroup and hope they still have a shot at the Gator or Peach Bowls. However, the Music City Bowl seems the most likely option against a Big 10 opponent.
Some of the post game quotes...
GEORGIA TECH HEAD COACH Chan Gailey
On what he said to the guys after the game
I told them that you can't make the mistakes that we made and expect to beat a good football team in a big rival game. You can't do that. Things that we have not done all year happened in this ball game and it catches up to you when you do those things.
On what some of those things are
When you line up incorrectly, get
holding calls, multiple holding calls, which we hadn't had all year. Things like
that, it just costs you drives, costs you field position. That's what got us in
the end, the field position
GEORGIA HEAD COACH MARK RICHT
[On which play was the most important, the TD or Jennings' interception]
"I think the touchdown was the most important because it gave us the seven-point lead. Even if they scored at the end, we still could have gone to overtime. They're both equally important to seal the victory, without any doubt. I'm just proud of our seniors, Shockley makes the throw, McClendon makes the catch, and you've got Jennings making the interception, and DeMario Minter playing Calvin Johnson all game long.
"It was just a great field position game, a great defensive battle. We had to stay patient, as much as we hated it, and let our special teams do their job, and then knock it in when we needed to. It was a great team effort, and I'm just thankful for the victory."
[Did it surprise you to not allow another point after Tech's first drive?]
"I think so. After that first drive, you'd have thought they might have scored again somewhere along the way. But our defense played beautifully the rest of the way. We started slow in a couple of games. In the Florida game they got two drives on us, but nothing the rest of the way. I'm just proud of Coach Martinez and the job he did, along with Coach Fabris, Coach Jancek and, of course, Coach Garner, and the guys that just got after it. It was a great team victory."
Here is best recap I could find on Florida State's performance against Florida.