ATLANTA — The matchup between the nation’s second-best rushing offense against the nation’s second-best rushing defense was decidedly one-sided.
Georgia’s defense held Georgia Tech’s unconventional spread option offense well under its rushing and scoring averages in the Bulldogs’ 31-17 win against the Yellow Jackets on Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium.
“That offense is ridiculous,” Georgia nose tackle John Jenkins said. “When they said you have to get the feel of it, they weren’t lying. You’ve just got to get that feel and timing. Once you get the feel, it’s manageable. But it’s still crazy. You’ve got to really play with your hands. Everything is about assignments and fundamentals.”
Georgia Tech came into Saturday averaging 323.6 yards a game on the ground and 36.55 points a contest, but the Yellow Jackets came up well short of those marks.
“It’s a tough offense,” Georgia inside linebacker Michael Gilliard said. “With that offense, every now and then there’s going to be a big break. That just comes with that offense. Everybody has a job to do when you play a triple-option team like Georgia Tech.”
Georgia only sees an option team once a year and that’s when it plays Georgia Tech. The Bulldogs only had Thanksgiving week to prepare, but they limited the Yellow Jackets’ big plays on the perimeter and completely stuffed the middle. Georgia Tech fullbacks David Sims and Preston Lyons combined for 42 yards against Georgia.
Georgia’s run defense stats did take a beating. The Bulldogs gave up an average of 81.3 yards a game, but allowed 243 yards on Saturday and two touchdowns.
However, none of the Bulldogs were disappointed because the nature of Georgia Tech’s ground game usually skews the statistics. Georgia also held Georgia Tech’s passing offense to 6 of 17 completions for 112 yards with two interceptions. The Bulldogs recorded two sacks.