ATLANTA - Georgia will keep the state's bragging rights for another year.
The Bulldogs' Tim Jennings intercepted a pass at the goal line with just over a minute remaining to seal a 14-7 victory Saturday over Georgia Tech at Bobby Dodd Stadium.
"I just wanted to jump in front and do something more than bat the ball down," Jennings said.
The pick gave Georgia its fifth consecutive win over the Yellow Jackets and its 12th in the past 15 meetings.
Jennings made a goat of Georgia Tech quarterback Reggie Ball. The interception was the second of the night thrown by Ball, who marched the Jackets down to the Georgia 12-yard line with more than a minute left.
Jennings stepped in front of the first down pass intended for wide receiver Damarius Bilbo, and Georgia ran out the clock.
Ball, who's struggled against the Bulldogs, completed 18-of-34 passes for 155 yards and a touchdown and also rushed for 64 yards.
But Jennings' interception will be the only play fans remember.
Ball's counterpart, D.J. Shockley, was solid in leading the Bulldogs to their ninth win of the season. His 14-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Bryan McClendon with 3:18 left broke a 7-7 tie. A 33-yard punt return by Thomas Flowers set up the game-winning drive, giving Georgia a first down at the Georgia Tech 39-yard line.
Shockley, a senior making his first start against Tech, went 15-34 for 198 yards and an interception in the win.
Georgia Tech tailback P.J. Daniels rushed for a game-high 77 yards and added six catches for 23 yards. The Bulldogs were led by tailback Kregg Lumpkin with 75 yards on 11 carries. Wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi had six catches for 71 yards.
Pressure defense by both teams ruled the game. Tech tipped six Shockley passes and intercepted him once while Georgia's pass rush smothered Ball, sacking him once and forcing him to throw away several balls.
Both teams managed early touchdowns before the defenses took over. The Yellow Jackets went 78 yards for a Johnson touchdown on its opening drive but managed just 104 yards the rest of the half.
The Bulldogs answered later in the first quarter. Shockley completed two long passes and Lumpkin picked up 32 yards on the ground as the Dogs went 82 yards on eight plays to tie the game.
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