ATLANTA, Ga. (WTOC) -The Georgia Bulldogs beat rival Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 52-7 on Saturday in downtown Atlanta.
The Bulldogs stormed the field at Bobby Dodd Stadium to move to 11-1 this season. Tech falls 3-9.
It’s safe to say there’s no love lost between these two in-state foes. A second-half brawl got Georgia freshman wide receiver George Pickens was tossed from the game.
“Was it worth it? That’s what we used to say. Was it worth it? I mean, it’s not worth it to me when it hurts the team, said Georgia Head Coach Kirby Smart.
In his post-game press conference, Smart confirmed that Pickens was suspended for “violation of team rules” and would miss the first half of the SEC Championship game against LSU.
At the half, the No. 4 Dawgs had a 10 point lead, but in the second half, they came out and shut Tech out at home with an unanswered 35 points to cruise to the victory.
”We definitely wish we would have played a little bit better and definitely think we could have scored a lot more points, you know? But that’s part of it, you know, you’ve got to be thankful in wins when you play an in-state rival and you win 52-7,”said UGA junior quarterback Jake Fromm.
The loss ends Georgia Tech’s season, the first under Head Coach Geoff Collins.
“Obviously have to give hats off to the team that we just played," Collins said in his post-game press conference. "I still remember three years ago I was the defensive coordinator at Florida, first year in the development of that program, and just to see the impact they’ve made through recruiting, through development. That’s the way it should be. So we’re actively engaged in that part of the process right now but the part that was promising is you go into halftime being ready to go one score down against the No. 4 team in the country with an absolutely depleted roster of guys that are just fighting and battling and giving us a chance to be in that game. It bodes well for what’s going to happen with this program going forward.”
Prior to the game, a touching tribute. In March, Georgia Tech football player Brandon Adams died suddenly. Today would have been his senior day at Bobby Dodd Stadium. In his memory, one teammate has worn Adams number 90 jersey each game. His best friend Chris Martin wore it in the first game of the season and the last, presenting it to Adams family today before the game. Adams was 21 years old.