After a pregame face-off at midfield with the enemy, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (7-5, 5-3 ACC) came out firing, and scored a touchdown within the first two minutes. Vad Lee passed the ball for career-high numbers, but the Jackets didn’t have enough in the tank to stop Todd Gurley and the Georgia Bulldogs (8-4, 5-3 SEC), dropping a heartbreaker in double-overtime, 41-34.
You had to know that two teams this evenly matched on paper would take a big game right down to the wire.
For a change, it was the Yellow Jackets’ passing attack that was the focus of the game, as Lee took advantage of Georgia’s issues in the secondary, and put up 232 yards and two TDs. He hit five different receivers in his best career game as a passer. The Yellow Jackets were leading 20-0 at one point in the second quarter, and looked like they were on their way to a route.
I guess Tech didn’t take note of Georgia’s near miraculous comeback against Auburn.
Georgia picked up the tempo and found their rhythm on offense, with Hutson Mason bouncing back from a horrible first quarter, and leading the Bulldogs to a touchdown late in the second quarter to cut the lead to 20-7 at the half.
But it was Todd Gurley that eventually took over the game, and sent the Yellow Jackets to their fifth straight loss to the Bulldogs. The Jackets did what they could to slow down Gurley, but being who he is, that’s easier said than done. Gurley rushed for 122 yards and three TDs, including a superhuman leap at the corner of the endzone (pictured above), stretching the ball over the pylon for Georgia’s first touchdown of the day. He also added a receiving touchdown.
The Georgia Tech defense did just enough to rattle Georgia QB Hutson Mason, who was making his first career start in place of the injured Aaron Murray, registering four sacks, and making Mason move around in the pocket to improvise. But the young quarterback held his composure, and did just enough to keep the Tech defense honest against the pass.
Tech put up some impressive offensive numbers against a weakened Georgia defense, with WR DeAndre Smelter putting up two receiving touchdowns, and Vad Lee rushing for two. Hats off to David Sims and Robert Godhigh, who ran the ball with heart all day long.
Georgia Tech put up a fight, but couldn’t land the knockout blow, and once the ball was handed to Gurley in overtime, there was little the Jackets could do. It was a matter of will, and Georgia just had more on this day.