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9:00 AM PT10:00 AM MT11:00 AM CT12:00 PM ET5:00 PM GMT1:00 AM 北京时间10:00 AM MST12:00 PM EST, Nov. 26, 2022
Sanford Stadium, Athens, Georgia  Attendance: 92,746

No. 1 Georgia out to continue dominance of Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Georgia Bulldogs

  1. Georgia leads the all-time series 69-39-5 (Georgia does not count two Georgia Tech wins in the series in 1943 and 1944). The Bulldogs have won the last four matchups, outscoring the Yellow Jackets, 180-35, in the process.
  2. Georgia defeated Kentucky last week, 16-6, becoming the third team to finish 8-0 in SEC regular-season play in back-to-back seasons, joining Florida in 1995-96 and Alabama in 2008-09 (conference began eight-game conference seasons in 1992).
  3. Stetson Bennett had season-lows with 13 completions, 19 attempts and 116 yards in the win over Kentucky. However, he became the fifth different Bulldog to reach 3000 yards passing in a single season joining David Greene, Aaron Murray, Matthew Stafford, Eric Zeier.
  4. Kenny McIntosh put up career-highs in rush attempts (19) and rush yards (143) last week against Kentucky. He also added his seventh rushing touchdown of the season, making Georgia the only FBS team this season to have 3+ players with 7+ rush TDs.
  5. The Yellow Jackets defeated then AP-No. 13 North Carolina last week, improving them to 2-2 on the year versus AP-ranked opponents. The last time Georgia Tech took down the AP-No. 1 team was in 1990 (41-38 win over Virginia).

Top-ranked Georgia will look to secure consecutive undefeated regular seasons for the first time in school history by continuing its dominance over in-state rival Georgia Tech on Saturday in Athens, Ga.

The game, which is nicknamed "Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate," has become as one-sided as any in the nation. Georgia has won the past four meetings by an average of 36.3 points after a 45-0 win last year. The Bulldogs have beaten the Yellow Jackets in 17 of the past 20 meetings.

Georgia (11-0, 8-0 SEC) is coming off a 16-6 victory at Kentucky on Saturday and will play in the SEC title game for the fifth time in the past six years when it faces LSU on Dec. 3.

Georgia Tech (5-6, 4-4 ACC) rallied from a 17-0 second-quarter deficit to pull out a 21-17 upset of then-No. 13 North Carolina (9-2, 6-1 ACC) on Saturday in Chapel Hill, N.C.

The Yellow Jackets, however, must defeat Georgia to become bowl-eligible for the first time since 2018.

Georgia is first nationally in scoring defense (11.09 points per game), third in rushing defense (83.1 yards per game), fifth in total defense (272.1 ypg) and 11th in scoring offense (38.4 points).

Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett has completed 67.8 percent of his passes for 3,011 yards, 14 touchdowns and six interceptions, leading an offense that is seventh in the country in yards per game (496.3).

Tight end Brock Bowers has 41 receptions for 625 yards with four touchdowns, while Ladd McConkey has 46 catches for 606 yards and four touchdowns. Kenny McIntosh has been a threat out of the backfield with 33 receptions for 341 yards and a score, in addition to rushing for 568 yards and seven scores on 111 carries.

The Bulldogs' Daijun Edwards is averaging 5.1 yards per carry, having rushed for 547 yards and seven touchdowns on 107 carries.

Georgia Tech has gone 4-3 under interim coach Brent Key, who was promoted from assistant head coach and run game coordinator after the school fired Geoff Collins following a loss to Central Florida on Sept. 24 that dropped the Yellow Jackets to 1-3.

Key, however, could be coaching his final game with the Yellow Jackets. Georgia Tech also fired athletic director Rick Stansbury and hired J Batt, the former executive deputy director of athletics, chief operating officer and chief revenue officer at Alabama.

"I'm worried about Georgia, it's the No. 1 team in the country," Key said. "It's the biggest challenge of my life right now, taking this group over there to Athens at 12 o'clock on Saturday.

"It's Georgia and Georgia Tech, and that's why you come to school here, is to play this game, it's an honor."

The Yellow Jackets' two quarterback system of Zach Gibson, who went 13-for-18 passing for 174 yards, and Taisun Phommachanh, who went 2-for-5 passing for 13 yards in addition to rushing for 44 yards and a score on 10 carries, led an offense that amassed 373 yards against the Tar Heels.

The defense held North Carolina quarterback Drake Maye, a Heisman Trophy candidate, to 16-for-30 passing for 202 yards and an interception.

"They're playing really well now. They're playing really hard now," Georgia coach Kirby Smart said. "I think (Key) has done a tremendous job at getting these guys to compete."

--Field Level Media

Updated November 23, 2022

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