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Georgia 31, Georgia Tech 23

College Football(AP Photo/John Bazemore)

By CHARLES ODUM
Associated Press

ATLANTA - Kendall Milton ran for a career-high 156 yards and two touchdowns and No. 1 Georgia held off Georgia Tech 31-23 to cap its third consecutive undefeated regular season with its sixth straight victory in the state rivalry.

Georgia (12-0, No. 1 College Football Playoff) extended its school-record winning streak to 29 games. The Bulldogs have won 19 of the last 22 against Georgia Tech (6-6), but this was more competitive than most recent battles for the Governor's Cup Trophy.

Quarterback Haynes King had two touchdown runs and Jamal Haynes also ran for a score. Eric Singleton Jr. had four catches for 96 yards as the Yellow Jackets gained 363 yards, including 205 on the ground.

King's 5-yard scoring run with 3:46 remaining cut Georgia's lead to 31-23. Georgia recovered an onside kick and relied on its running game, led by Milton and Daijun Edwards, to run out the clock. Milton's rushing total set a season high for a Georgia running back.

Georgia protected its hopes of becoming the first team to win three straight national championships in The Associated Press poll era. The Bulldogs will play No. 8 Alabama in next week's Southeastern Conference Championship game in Atlanta.

Georgia Tech led 7-0 in the first quarter and 10-7 in the second before the Bulldogs answered with 24 consecutive points to lead 31-13 late in the third.

Georgia was missing three of its top five receivers and a starting offensive lineman. Tight end Brock Bowers (ankle) and wide receivers Ladd McConkey (ankle) and Rara Thomas (foot sprain) did not play. Right guard Tate Ratledge (knee) also was held out.

The Bulldogs' depleted offense hurt itself with a turnover on its first snap. Edwards fumbled when hit by linebacker Kyle Efford. Jamon Dumas-Johnson recovered for the Yellow Jackets at the Georgia 37. Following King's 28-yard pass to Brett Seither, King's 9-yard scoring run gave Georgia Tech a 7-0 lead.

Carson Beck's 29-yard touchdown pass to Dominic Lovett tied it. Milton and Edwards had 3-yard scoring runs to give Georgia a 21-13 halftime lead.

The Bulldogs outscored the Yellow Jackets 134-21 the last three years, including a 45-0 rout in 2021 and a 37-14 win last season.

THE TAKEAWAY

Georgia: The Bulldogs compiled 437 yards despite missing some of their top receivers and committing two turnovers, including fourth-quarter interception thrown by Carson Beck from the Georgia Tech 6. The ball, intended for Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint, was picked off by K.J. Wallace.

Georgia Tech: Offensive coordinator Buster Faulkner, the former Georgia’s offensive quality control assistant for quarterbacks, had an impressive plan. The Yellow Jackets were effective in mixing runs by King, Dontae Smith and Jamal Haynes with passes to speedy wide receiver Eric Singleton.

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

Georgia athletics press release

November 25, 2023


Scoring Summary
First Quarter UGaGaTech
GaTech TD 11:35 Haynes King 9 yard TD run (Aidan Birr Extra Point) 0 7
UGa TD 7:23 Dominic Lovett 29 yard TD pass from Carson Beck (Peyton Woodring Extra Point) 7 7
GaTech FG 0:35 Aidan Birr 25 yard field goal 7 10
Second Quarter UGaGaTech
UGa TD 12:40 Kendall Milton 3 yard TD run (Peyton Woodring Extra Point) 14 10
GaTech FG 6:06 Aidan Birr 45 yard field goal 14 13
UGa TD 1:13 Daijun Edwards 3 yard TD run (Peyton Woodring Extra Point) 21 13
Third Quarter UGaGaTech
UGa FG 5:15 Peyton Woodring 39 yard field goal 24 13
UGa TD 0:31 Kendall Milton 4 yard TD run (Peyton Woodring Extra Point) 31 13
Fourth Quarter UGaGaTech
GaTech FG 12:13 Aidan Birr 40 yard field goal 31 16
GaTech TD 3:46 Haynes King 5 yard TD run (Aidan Birr Extra Point) 31 23
Team Stats
  Georgia Georgia Tech
First downs 23 22
  Rushing 14 13
  Passing 9 7
  Penalty 0 2
3rd Down Efficiency 4-8, 50% 3-12, 25%
4th down efficiency 0-0, -% 2-3, 67%
Rushes-Yards 39-259 44-205
Passing Yards 175 158
Return Yards 115 0
Completions-Attempts-Int 13-20-1 11-21-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 2-18
Punts 1 2
Fumbles Lost 2-1 2-0
Penalties - Yards 6-60 3-15
Georgia Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Beck 13 20 175 1 1
Georgia Tech Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
H. King 11 20 158 0 0
Georgia Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
K. Milton 18 155 8.6 2
D. Edwards 13 53 4.1 1
D. Bell 1 29 29.0 0
C. Beck 4 24 6.0 0
Georgia Tech Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Haynes 15 81 5.4 0
D. Smith 15 68 4.5 0
H. King 10 24 2.4 2
M. Rutherford 2 15 7.5 0
E. Singleton Jr. 1 9 9.0 0
Z. Pyron 1 8 8.0 0
Georgia Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Lovett 5 68 13.6 1
D. Bell 3 37 12.3 0
D. Edwards 2 31 15.5 0
A. Smith 2 23 11.5 0
O. Delp 1 16 16.0 0
Georgia Tech Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
E. Singleton Jr. 4 96 24.0 0
B. Seither 1 28 28.0 0
M. Rutherford 3 20 6.7 0
L. Benson 1 7 7.0 0
D. Leonard 1 5 5.0 0
J. Haynes 1 2 2.0 0
Georgia Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Georgia Tech Interceptions
Player Int Yards
K. Wallace 1 0
Georgia Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
B. Thorson 1 41 41.0
Georgia Tech Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
D. Shanahan 2 84 42.0
Georgia Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Mews 1 0 0
Georgia Tech Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Georgia Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Mews 3 76 25.3
C. Allen 1 0 0
D. Bell 1 39 39.0
Georgia Tech Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Georgia Missed FG
Player Length
Georgia Tech Missed FG
Player Length
A. Birr 49




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