ATHENS, Ga. — After battling an outbreak of the flu for more than a week, Georgia Tech’s football team left Sanford Stadium on Saturday with something to really be sick about.
The University of Georgia dominated the 107th installment of “Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate” with a 42-10 victory against its in-state rival, setting itself up for a shot at a BCS championship if it wins next week’s Southeastern Conference Championship Game vs. Alabama at the Georgia Dome.
The No. 3 Bulldogs (11-1) set the school record for most points in a season with 456, but more impressively on Saturday shut down the usually productive Yellow Jackets’ triple-option offense. Despite gaining 47 more yards than the Bulldogs, Georgia Tech (6-6) didn’t score a touchdown until 7:25 remained against a Bulldogs defense populated by mostly reserves.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal presented Bulldogs coach Mark Richt with his 11th Governor’s Trophy in 12 meetings against the Yellow Jackets. His only loss came in 2008, in Paul Johnson’s first season.
“Keep up the good work,” Deal said. “We’re looking for a national championship.”
True freshman tailbacks Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall each rushed for a pair of touchdowns, and Aaron Murray became the first quarterback in SEC history to surpass 3,000 yards passing three seasons in a row.
As many as 25 Georgia Tech players and staff, including coach Johnson and top defender Jeremiah Attaochu, have had the flu, forcing the Yellow Jackets to fumigate their locker room Thursday.
Despite the blowout loss between the hedges and the .500 record, the Yellow Jackets will play Florida State next Saturday night in Charlotte, N.C., for the Atlantic Coast Conference championship and are eligible for a 16th consecutive bowl berth.