ATLANTA, Ga. — Don’t tell the Georgia or Georgia Tech players that this game doesn’t mean much.
The in-state rivals have played to a Georgia led 7-0 score at the half of the annual rivalry between the two teams. Georgia Tech (3-8) and Georgia (8-3) came into the regular season finale nursing the wounds of unexpectedly underachieving 2015 campaigns. But this game has seen spirited moments of defensive play.
The lone score came at the 10:19 mark of the first quarter when Bulldogs tailback Sony Michel bolted between right guard and tackle for a 34 yard scoring jaunt, untouched.
Both teams blew opportunities to tilt momentum to their sides by coming up with empty drives deep in the opposing team’s territory. For Georgia it happened when Patrick Gamble, Kyle Cerge-Henderson and P.J. Davis converged on Georgia fullback Quayvon Hicks, stopping him on a 4th and short to give the Jackets the ball.
But on what started as a promising Tech drive in which Thomas moved the Jackets to the Georgia 14 yard line, he tossed an interception directly to Bulldogs’ corner Dominick Sanders who grabbed it at the 2-yard line and returned it 22 yards.
Yellowjackets fans got a bit of a scare early in the first quarter when Thomas was hit out of bounds by a Georgia Bulldog, although no penalty was called.
Both defenses were fairly stingy as Georgia was held to 203 yards of total offense to Tech’s 145.
The pre-game festivities were highlighted by Georgia Tech Senior Day where several Southern Crescent area players were honored, including Union Grove alum D.J. White and Eagle’s Landing graduate Tyler Teknipp.
Teknipp is the son of Eagle’s Landing football coach Joe Teknipp who passed away this past summer after a bout with cancer.