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No. 7 Georgia runs by Georgia Tech

By Stan Awtrey, The Sports Xchange
No. 7 Georgia runs by Georgia Tech
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ATLANTA -- No. 7 Georgia amassed 470 total yards, 247 coming on the ground, and kept its national championship hopes alive Saturday with a 38-7 win over rival Georgia Tech at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

The Bulldogs (11-1) will play for the Southeastern Conference championship next week in Atlanta, with the winner likely earning a spot in the College Football Playoffs. The win gave Georgia its 10th season with 11 victories and was the most one-sided game in the rivalry since 2012, when the Bulldogs won 42-10.

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Georgia, which entered the game averaging 267.4 yards rushing, was led by senior running backs Sony Michel (13 carries, 85 yards, one touchdown) and Nick Chubb (12 carries, 53 yards, one touchdown). Quarterback Jake Fromm completed 12 of 16 passes for 224 yards and one touchdown.

The Bulldogs stymied the Georgia Tech running game, which started the day ranked fourth in the nation, averaging 319 yards per game. The Yellow Jackets were held to 188 yards rushing and 226 total yards.

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Georgia Tech (5-6) was led by quarterback TaQuon Marshall, who rushed 17 times for 72 yards and completed 2 of 7 passes for 38 yards, one touchdown and one interception. KirVonte Benson rushed for 44 yards and Nathan Cottrell added 43, with 33 coming on one run.

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Georgia jumped out to a 14-0 lead on a 1-yard run from Chubb that capped a 12-play drive, and a 21-yard pass from Fromm to Javon Wims, who beat veteran Lawrence Austin on a crossing pattern in the end zone.

Georgia Tech answered with a 75-yard drive that was capped by a 10-yard touchdown pass from Marshall to Ricky Jeune with 48 seconds left in the half.

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Georgia was able to rush down the field and set up a 37-yard field goal for Rodrigo Blankenship, giving the Bulldogs a 17-7 lead as time expired.

The Bulldogs added two more touchdowns in the third quarter, a 4-yard run from Michel and a 2-yard run from freshman D'Andre Swift, who set up the score with a 31-yard run.

Georgia Tech threatened early in the fourth quarter, but Marshall's pass into the end zone was intercepted by Isaac Nauta. Three plays later Fromm connected with Ahkil Crumpton down the left sideline for a 78-yard touchdown pass, the longest of the season for the Bulldogs.

NOTES: Georgia Tech QB TaQuon Marshall broke the single-season record for rushing yards by a quarterback, passing Justin Thomas, who ran for 1,086 yards in 2014. ... Georgia's senior class has 39 wins. ... Georgia Tech has not beaten Georgia in Atlanta since 1999 ... Georgia governor Nathan Deal presented the winning team with the Governor's Cup trophy on the field following the game. ... Former Atlanta Falcons and Dallas Cowboys linebacker Keith Brooking was Georgia Tech's honorary team captain.

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