Georgia vs. Georgia Tech: 10 Things We Learned in Bulldogs' Win
Georgia and Georgia Tech did battle at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday afternoon, and the Bulldogs came away with the 41-34 win in overtime.
After being down 20-0 late in the first quarter. The Bulldogs came roaring back thanks to the play of Hutson Mason and Todd Gurley.
The defense for Georgia still had issues in pass coverage, but they were able to limit the Yellow Jackets to 263 yards on the ground, which is well below their average.
It was a very gutsy win for the Bulldogs, and this should carry them into the bowl season.
Here are 10 things we learned in the Bulldogs win vs. Georgia Tech.
Hutson Mason Is the Guy
After a rocky start to the game, Mason was able to settle down and a look like a seasoned veteran under center.
Mason finished the afternoon with 299 yards and two touchdowns. As the game progressed, he looked more comfortable in the pocket and took complete control of the offense.
With a month to prepare for the bowl game, he should only improve, and the offense will be much better because Mason will have more time to prepare.
Todd Gurley Is Superman
We can all say it now. Todd Gurley is from the planet Krypton and has come to Athens to protect the fans from teams like Auburn, Florida and Georgia Tech.
But seriously, Gurley took over in the second half and never looked back. The sophomore back rushed for 122 yards and three touchdowns, and he also had 36 receiving yards and one touchdown.
Gurley scored two of his touchdowns in overtime, and he was the reason the Bulldogs won.
Mason and Chris Conley Have Great Chemistry
Mason needed a favorite target in order for him to be successful against Georgia Tech.
He found that in Chris Conley as he caught seven passes for 122 yards in the win against Georgia Tech.
Conley did whatever he could to make Mason's life easier. He came back to short throws, and he made sure anything that was thrown his way, he caught it.
Mason will find more targets as he gets ready for the bowl game, but having a reliable receiver like Conley will be huge for him next season.
Mason Still Has a Lot to Learn
As good of a game as Mason played, he still has some growing to do at the position.
He did look comfortable in the pocket to start with, and that led to him being sacked multiple times in the first half.
Mason also threw an interception in the first quarter that led to points. The pick was a bad decision by him because he thew it up in the air when the screen play was busted.
But Mason did learn from his mistakes and will continue to improve.
The Offensive Line Has to Help Mason
Mason held on to the ball too long at times, but the offensive line did him no favors.
The junior quarterback was sacked five times, and they came from all different directions.
Because there was a new quarterback under center, the line should have done a better job reading blitzes and stunts by the Georgia Tech front seven.
The Bulldogs played better in the second half, but had they made the correct adjustments in the first half, this game would have been different in terms of how it would have ended.
Ramik Wilson and Amarlo Herrera Are the Best Things Going for the Defense
One of the good things about the struggling Georgia defense is the play of the inside linebackers.
Amarlo Herrera led the Bulldogs with 12 tackles, while Ramik Wilson, who leads the SEC in tackles, added nine in the win.
Both players were all over the backfield which is why Tech did not run as wild as it could have.
However, the Yellow Jackets were able to make plays through the air, and this leads to the next thing we learned about the Bulldogs.
There Is a Lot of Uncertainty in the Secondary
Vad Lee was able to have a career day against the Bulldogs because he was finding open receivers all game long.
Despite notching two interceptions, Lee was able to throw for 232 yards and two scores because the secondary had issues in coverage.
There has been a lot of injures with the group, but there has been no improvement from the start of the season to now.
So the question is, will the Bulldogs be better in pass coverage next season?
Josh Harvey-Clemons Showed His Potential
One of the players in the secondary who will get better is Josh Harvey-Clemons.
Not only was he making plays in the run game, he also had a huge interception in the fourth quarter, which led to a Bulldogs game-tying field goal.
Harvey-Clemons has had his ups and downs this year, but he will be a better player in 2014 because of what he has been through since becoming a Bulldog.
This Game Was a Needed Win for the Bulldogs
Georgia always wants to beat Georgia Tech, but Tech always wants to beat Georgia in the worst way.
In this case, Georgia needed to beat Tech because after all the things the Bulldogs have been though this season, it would give them huge boost going into the bowl season with eight wins.
Also, the win also helps Mason's status. The way he played against the Yellow Jackets showed fans he is ready to take over in 2014.
Georgia Still Runs the State
Over the years, there have been plenty of times when Georgia had to rally and defeat Georgia Tech. But because of a new quarterback starting and all the injures the Bulldogs have suffered this season, beating Tech the way they did showed everyone they never quit when things are rough.
Georgia has dominated this series, but many thought this would be the year Tech would steal one.
But at the end of the day, the Bulldogs still run the state of Georgia. And there is no telling when they will let that go.