No. 13 Georgia (8-2) at No. 20 Georgia Tech (7-3) 8:00 pm EST
ATLANTA (Ticker) - Georgia Tech opened the season with an
impressive win, posted another last week and will look to close
out the regular season with one over its intrastate rival.
The 20th-ranked Yellow Jackets host No. 13 Georgia on Saturday
in the regular-season finale for both teams, who are coming off
Georgia Tech (7-3) rejoined the rankings after a 14-10 victory
at then-No. 3 Miami. Only twice in its 114 years of football has
Georgia Tech defeated a team ranked higher than the Hurricanes,
having beated top-ranked Alabama in 1962 and Virginia in 1990.
The Yellow Jackets rank fifth nationally with 18 interceptions,
10th in turnover margin (+1.1), 12th in total defense (299.4
yards), 13th in rushing defense (101.0) and pass-efficiency
defense (106.1) and 15th in takeaways (25).
Miami managed just 30 yards rushing and 237 total yards as
Georgia Tech collected a season-high seven sacks, seven pass
breakups and an interception.
Georgia (8-2) had lost two straight heartbreakers before winning
its home finale last Saturday.
D.J. Shockley threw four touchdown passes as the Bulldogs
overcame a slow start to post a 45-13 victory over Kentucky and
clinch the Southeastern Conference East Division title.
With the victory, the Bulldogs secured their third trip to the
conference title game in four years. Only Alabama and Florida
have had similar runs since the first SEC championship game in
Georgia holds a 56-38-5 lead in this annual rivalry that began
in 1893. The Bulldogs have won the last four meetings under
Mark Richt, including a 19-13 triumph last year in Athens.
Prior to that, the Bulldogs had dropped three straight under Jim
"This game certainly is important to us," Richt said. "We're
excited about having the chance to come to Atlanta the week
after this (for the SEC title game). But in a way, it was good
to see Georgia Tech whip up on Miami to make sure we don't have
any thoughts at all of looking ahead. ... By no means are we
taking this game lightly."
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