Atlanta, Ga. --- Stetson Bennett threw four touchdown passes and No. 1 Georgia once again had no trouble with in-state foe Georgia Tech, winning 45-0 Saturday afternoon at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta.
The Bulldogs won their fourth straight game in the series and haven’t lost to the Yellow Jackets in Atlanta since 1999. Georgia has now beaten Tech by an average of 36 points in the last four games.
Georgia improved to 12-0 for just the second time in school history. The other came when the Bulldogs won their last national title in 1980.
“I thought our guys started fast,” said Georgia head coach Kirby Smart. “I was pleased with no penalties. We had some sloppy series offensively and defensively, but overall, they came out and executed to a standard. They didn’t play to the scoreboard, they played to our standard and I was proud of what they were able to do.”
The Yellow Jackets wrapped up the season at 3-9. This year marked the 3rd straight season that Tech has won three games under head coach Geoff Collins.
Bennett made his eighth straight start at quarterback and finished the day 14-20 for 255 yards with the 4 TDs. Two of Bennett’s touchdown passes went to freshman tight end Brock Bowers, who now has a team leading 10 on the season.
“We’re just focused on doing the duty that lies near us,” said Bennett. “We knew what this game meant for us and for the history of this program. If we slipped up, anything could happen, so we were just focused.”
The Georgia defense also played to its usual form as the Bulldogs posted their third shutout of the season. Georgia has now kept the opposition from scoring in double digits nine times this year, allowing a nation’s best 6.9 points per game.
Junior linebacker Nakobe Dean led the Bulldogs with six tackles and two quarterback hurries.
“I love seeing that goose egg on the other side,” said Dean. “If they can’t score, they can’t win. It’s always great for the defense to be able to go shut out a team, definitely a team as good as Georgia Tech.”
The shutout was also the first for Georgia in Atlanta since 1957. That year, Georgia snapped an eight game losing streak in the series. It was a win so big for the Bulldogs that Theron Sapp was nicknamed the drought breaker. His #40 was also ultimately retired for his heroics that day.
Next up for the Bulldogs will be a trip to the SEC Championship game next Saturday in Atlanta to take on 3rd ranked Alabama. The Bulldogs are looking to snap a six game losing streak to the Tide dating back to 2007. Kickoff is set for 4:00 E.T.
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