Georgia Tech had not beaten Georgia since 2000. Roddy Jones rushed a career-best 214 yards, including a decisive 54-yard touchdown midway through the fourth quarter, and No. 18 Georgia Tech rallied to snap a seven-game losing streak against its state rival with a 45-42 victory over 13th-ranked Georgia on Saturday.
Georgia (9-3) actually held Georgia Tech’s offense in check while opening a 28-12 halftime lead, but broke like a dam in the third quarter
After building a 28-12 halftime lead, the Bulldogs (9-3) simply had no answer for Georgia Tech's unique offense, which piled up 409 yards on the ground. Jones, a redshirt freshman, averaged 16.5 yards per carry and scored twice, including the long run that gave Georgia Tech a 45-35 lead with 7:13 remaining.
The Yellow Jackets showed that their triple option offense is the real deal, rushing for 409 yards on 56 carries, the most by a Bulldogs opponent since Vanderbilt had 415 against Georgia in 1994.
The second half epitomized the Bulldog’s number one problem and issues all season: it’s defense. Georgia Tech completed only one pass for the entire game. Georgia’s defense simply did not stop the run in the second half.
Georgia's Knowshon Moreno, who like Stafford may leave school early for the NFL, rushed for 94 yards and scored on a 32-yard run. Stafford added a 12-yard scoring pass to A.J. Green with 4:04 remaining, but the Bulldogs couldn't stop the triple-option.
Georgia Tech’s Roddy Jones rushed for 214 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries and Jonathan Dwyer had 144 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. Georgia Tech completed just one pass for 19 yards.
The cold, rainy day wasn't a total victory for the visiting team: Virginia Tech denied the Yellow Jackets a spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game with a 17-14 victory over Virginia.
Despite the loss, the Bulldogs still could be headed to the Capital One Bowl Jan. 1 in Orlando if No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Florida win today. Georgia still has the third best overall record in the SEC, but 8-4 Ole Miss might be more attractive after winning four straight. If the Capital One Bowl passed on Georgia, the Bulldogs would likely end up Outback Bowl in Tampa.
The Bulldogs lost for the first time in 24 nonconference home games under Richt.
Sources: AP, Athens Banner-Herald, ESPN
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