Classic City Choke
Tech greatly outplayed Georgia in the second half of an instant classic in Athens. As happened in the Georgia-Florida game, runner Nick Chubb got off early then went rather quiet. While Georgia could not stop the Jackets run or get off the field on third down.
Yet, the chance for UGA to win materialized, before an epic choke.
The wild contest featured three blocked kicks and numerous bizarre nerve racking scenarios. Both sides were on edge all day.
When UGA fumbled twice near the goal line in the first half, they left 14 crucial points on the field. It was all even at just 7-7 at the end of one, although these Peach State teams have the top two offenses in the Deep South: UGA ranked first in the SEC and Tech the ACC.
Atlantan Damian Swann returned a Tech goal line fumble for a field-length score after Tech seized early second half momentum.
Tech kept hammering the run in the second half. Georgia successfully executed a fake field goal only to be denied a touchdown and settled for three. After a Tech score, UGA special teams inexplicably let a kickoff drop late, and Tech scooped it deep in Georgia territory. Up four and looking to ice the Dawgs, a QB pump fake became a Tech fumble on 3rd and long.
Then, a would-be GEORGIA drive for the ages ensued, as fifth-year senior Hutson Mason took his team down to score with clutch passing. Mason to Malcolm Mitchell on 4th down could have been big in series lore.
Instead, Richt foolishly opted for a squib kick with just 18 seconds left. Tech had the ball near the 40. A twenty-one yard scramble left four ticks. And a fifty-three yard kick barely cleared the crossbar.
Overtime in the series for a second straight year. Georgia won the coin toss but still had no answer for the Tech ground attack. A backup fullback dominated the game and scored in OT.
Ray Drew’s second block gave UGA false hope. Tech was up by under seven, and the Dawgs had the ball.
Mason’s legacy at UGA was at stake. On 3rd down, he forced a throw to a covered slanting Mitchell. Pick.