ATLANTA — Georgia defeated Georgia Tech for the 10th time in 11 tries under football coach Mark Richt, but the latest state championship was followed by the quickest celebration yet.
Minutes after the No. 13 Bulldogs downed the No. 25 Yellow Jackets 31-17 Saturday afternoon at Bobby Dodd Stadium, Richt said there is more to this journey and he was not in a reflective mood. Georgia won its 10th consecutive game to clinch its first 10-win regular season since 2007, but Richt and the Bulldogs displayed brief euphoria on the field and were already talking about No. 1 LSU and this week’s Southeastern Conference title game in the Georgia Dome.
“We’re thinking about LSU right now,” said Branden Smith, a cornerback who was needed at tailback against the Jackets. “This win is over.”
Aaron Murray completed 19 of 29 passes for 252 yards and four touchdowns to extend Georgia’s stranglehold in the in-state rivalry. His scores went to Michael Bennett, Chris Conley, Tavarres King and backup tight end Aron White, but starting tight end Orson Charles was his top target with five receptions for 95 yards.
The Bulldogs played without starting tailback Isaiah Crowell (ankle), and Ken Malcome and Carlton Thomas combined on three first-half carries for minus-1 yard.
David Paschall is a sports writer for the Times Free Press. He started at the Chattanooga Free Press in 1990 and was part of the Times Free Press when the paper started in 1999. David covers University of Georgia football, as well as SEC football recruiting, SEC basketball, Chattanooga Lookouts baseball and other sports stories. He is a Chattanooga native and graduate of the Baylor School and Auburn University. David has received numerous honors for ...