Nov 26, 2022; Athens, Georgia, USA; Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Stetson Bennett (13) runs with the ball against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the first quarter at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

No. 1 Georgia stays undefeated, dominates Georgia Tech

No. 1 Georgia started slowly before pulling away from visiting Georgia Tech for a 37-14 victory on Saturday at Athens, Ga., giving the Bulldogs consecutive undefeated regular seasons for the first time in school history.

Stetson Bennett went just 10-of-18 passing for 140 yards and two touchdowns for the Bulldogs (12-0), who will face No. 5 LSU in the SEC title game on Dec. 3.

Georgia Tech (5-7) missed becoming bowl eligible for the fourth straight season after falling to its in-state rival for the fifth straight year and for the 18th time in the past 21 meetings.

The Bulldogs trailed 7-0 after the Yellow Jackets’ first drive before scoring the game’s next 37 points.

Kenny McIntosh rushed for 86 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries and caught two passes for 96 yards for Georgia, while Brock Bowers had five catches, including a 1-yard touchdown, for 20 yards.

Georgia Tech’s Zach Gibson went 19-of-35 passing for 191 yards, with Nate McCollum catching six passes for 65 yards. Dontae Smith rushed for 34 yards on 10 carries, in addition to throwing a 24-yard touchdown pass to Malachi Carter.

Leading 10-7 at halftime, Georgia extended its lead to 20-7 when Jack Podlesny’s 50-yard field goal was followed by Bennett’s 1-yard touchdown pass to Bowers with 5:51 left in the third quarter.

Jamie Felix fumbled on Georgia Tech’s next play from scrimmage, with Georgia’s Robert Beal Jr. recovering on the Yellow Jackets’ 20-yard line. Podlesny’s 36-yard field goal extended the lead to 23-7 with 4:11 left in the quarter.

McIntosh followed an 83-yard reception with a 2-yard touchdown run to push the lead to 30-7 with 13:45 left in the game.

Kendall Milton’s 44-yard touchdown run made it 37-7 with 11:13 to go before Smith capped the scoring with a 24-yard touchdown pass to Carter on a halfback-option pass with 2:55 left.

Georgia Tech, which lost to Georgia 45-0 last year, took a 7-0 lead on backup quarterback Taisun Phommachanh’s 7-yard touchdown with 10:43 left in the first quarter.

The Bulldogs pulled to within 7-3 on Podlesny’s 30-yard field goal with 18 seconds left in the first quarter.

Georgia took the lead for good on its next possession when Bennett threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint with 7:59 left in the first half.

–Field Level Media

Nov 19, 2022; Lexington, Kentucky, USA; Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Stetson Bennett (13) passes the ball against the Kentucky Wildcats during the third quarter at Kroger Field. Mandatory Credit: Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports

No. 1 Georgia out to continue dominance of Georgia Tech

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

Nov 12, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets running back Dontae Smith (4) has his face masked grabbed by Miami Hurricanes cornerback Te'Cory Couch (23) as linebacker Wesley Bissainthe (31) attempts to make a tackle in the second quarter at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Miami takes advantage of turnovers to beat Georgia Tech

True freshman Jacurri Brown threw three touchdown passes in his first career start, and safety Kamren Kinchens intercepted three passes, leading the Miami Hurricanes to a 35-14 win over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in an ACC game in Atlanta Saturday.

Miami (5-5, 3-3) intercepted four passes, including one that was returned for a 99-yard touchdown by Kinchens. Tyrique Stevenson had the other interception, and Kinchens leads the ACC with six picks.

Brown, a Georgia native, completed 14-of-19 passes for 136 yards and no interceptions. He also ran 19 times for 87 yards.

His first two TD passes were to tight ends — Will Mallory and Jaleel Skinner. Both tight ends started those plays in the backfield. For Skinner, a true freshman, it was his first career TD.

Brown’s third TD pass went to wide receiver Colbie Young.

Miami running back Jaylan Knighton rushed 16 times for 118 yards and one touchdown.

The Hurricanes were missing several starters, including quarterback Tyler Van Dyke and running back Henry Parrish Jr.

Georgia Tech (4-6, 3-4) was led by true freshman quarterback Zach Pyron, who made his second start, and wide receiver Nate McCollum.

Pyron, who left the game with 13:03 in the fourth quarter due to an apparent injury, led the Jackets with 66 yards rushing. He also completed 12-of-22 passes for 114 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

McCollum caught eight passes for 100 yards and one touchdown.

Miami, which hadn’t scored a touchdown in nine consecutive quarters, ended that drought on the game’s first possession. The Hurricanes went 75 yards on 11 plays, scoring on Brown’s 22-yard pass to Mallory, who beat linebacker Charlie Thomas. Brown was pressured by Sylvain Yondjouen on the play, which was the second pass of the drive.

The Hurricanes went up 14-0 in the second quarter on a 14-play, 93-yard drive. The march ended with a play-action fake and a four-yard TD pass to Skinner. It was only the second completion on the drive.

With 30 seconds left in the half, Pyron threw a nine-yard TD pass toward the back of the end zone to McCollum, beating Stevenson to cut Georgia Tech’s deficit to 14-7. That capped a 15-play, 99-yard TD drive that included three third-down conversions.

But Miami took a 21-7 lead with 7:52 left in the fourth as Brown lobbed a eight-yard TD pass to Young. That capped a 51-yard drive that was set up by Kinchens’ second interception. That pick was off of Jackets backup quarterback Zach Gibson.

Miami put the game away with Knighton’s two-yard TD run and Kinchens’ pick-six.

–Field Level Media

Nov 5, 2022; Blacksburg, Virginia, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies defensive lineman Jaylen Griffin (41) and Virginia Tech Hokies defensive lineman sack Virginia Tech Hokies defensive lineman TyJuan Garbutt (45) sack Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets quarterback Zach Pyron (14)  in the firsbhalf at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Lee Luther Jr.-USA TODAY Sports

Ga. Tech rallies to slip past Va. Tech 28-27

In his second career start, Zach Pyron threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score in the final 10 minutes as Georgia Tech rallied for a 28-27 Atlantic Coast Conference win over Virginia Tech Saturday in Blacksburg, Va.

The Yellow Jackets (4-5, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) were down by 11 points early in the fourth quarter but with Virginia Tech (2-7, 1-5) threatening to add to its lead, Georgia Tech forced a turnover to trigger the comeback.

With 9:02 left, Pyron threw a 56-yard touchdown pass to Nate McCollum. Then with 3:30 to go, Pyron scrambled up the middle for a 9-yard touchdown run.

With starting quarterback Jeff Sims out for the second straight game with a sprained foot, true freshman Pyron took advantage of his opportunity as Georgia Tech snapped its two-game losing streak.

It was the sixth straight loss for Virginia Tech, its longest skid since 1987, when legendary coach Frank Beamer was in his rookie season.

The Hokies got a 90-yard punt return touchdown from Tucker Holloway with 50 seconds left in the first half.

Then in the third quarter, linebacker Keli Lawson scored when he batted a Pyron pass into the air, gathered it in and ran seven yards to the end zone to put Virginia Tech up 27-16.

But early in the fourth quarter, Georgia Tech’s D’Quan Douse jarred the ball from the grasp of Keshawn King, and Makius Scott recovered at the Yellow Jackets’ 10. Five plays later, Pyron threw his touchdown pass to McCollum.

On the ensuing possession, Clayton Powell-Lee halted a Virginia Tech drive with an interception, which gave Georgia Tech possession at its own 26. Pyron then directed a 74-yard drive which he capped with his touchdown run.

On Virginia Tech’s next possession, Douse helped wrap up the win with a sack. He was credited with 2 1/2 sacks, while teammate Charlie Thomas finished with 16 tackles. Powell-Lee recovered a fumble with 48 seconds left.

Gavin Stewart made three field goals for Georgia Tech and now is 12-for-12 on the season.

It was the fourth straight win at Lane Stadium for Georgia Tech, which forced four turnovers and now has 22 takeaways this season. The Yellow Jackets entered the game No. 3 in the FBS in turnover margin at plus-13.

Dontae Smith put Georgia Tech up 7-0 in the first quarter with a tackle-breaking burst off right tackle, running 29 yards for a touchdown.

Pyron finished with 19 completions in 32 attempts for 253 yards and added 66 yards on 17 rushes. McCollum had seven catches for 103 yards.

Virginia Tech quarterback Grant Wells completed 14 of 25 passes for 164 yards. But his interception and two fumbles were costly.

In his first action as a punt returner, Holloway set the Hokies’ record for the most punt return yards in a single game, finishing with 188 yards on seven punt returns. Antonio Freeman previously set the record (164) in 1994.

–Field Level Media

Oct 29, 2022; Tallahassee, Florida, USA; Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jordan Travis (13) is pressured by Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets linebacker Charlie Thomas (1)  during the first half at Doak S. Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Myers-USA TODAY Sports

Florida State’s Jordan Travis too much for Georgia Tech

Jordan Travis passed for a career-high 396 yards and Florida State halted a three-game skid Saturday by stomping Georgia Tech 41-16 in an Atlantic Coast Conference contest in Tallahassee, Fla.

Travis completed 24 of 38 passes with three touchdowns. Lawrance Toafili caught a score and ran for one, and Johnny Wilson (three catches for 111 yards) and Ja’Khi Douglas each had TD receptions.

Tre Benson rushed for 111 yards on 18 carries and CJ Campbell scored as Florida State (5-3, 3-3 ACC) produced 642 yards of offense.

Making his first start for Georgia Tech (3-5, 2-3), Akron transfer Zach Gibson was removed early after completing 2 of 3 passes. Zach Pyron replaced him and was 18-of-28 passing for 198 yards with a rushing score and TD pass to E.J. Jenkins.

The Seminoles were successful on the second of two fourth-down conversions, but on third-and-goal from the 1, Toafili fumbled a direct snap which was recovered by linebacker Charlie Thomas and returned 71 yards. Gavin Stewart drilled a 38-yard field at 3:58 to the put the visitors from Atlanta up 3-0.

Aided by a pair of 15-yard penalties that kept its drive alive, Florida State finally cashed in when Toafili was able to dive and hit the pylon with the football on a 7-yard run. That TD capped a nine-play, 80-yard drive.

Early in the first quarter, the 6-foot-7 Wilson reached up and hauled in a pass along the sideline from Travis, made one defender miss and ran away for a 78-yard score and a 14-3 lead.

Looping out on a wheel route late in the half, Toafili caught a short lob from Travis, broke one tackle and dashed 62 yards to the end zone. Ryan Fitzgerald’s 34-yard kick put it at 24-3 in the lopsided half.

In a dominant showing over 30 minutes, the Seminoles led Georgia Tech 360-24 in total yardage and 17-1 in first downs.

After a successful onside kick to open the second half, Pyron tossed his first career TD, a 32-yarder to Jenkins at 13:06, but Travis answered with a 24-yard TD to Douglas to end a 91-yard drive.

Fitzgerald’s 24-yard field goal, Campbell’s run and Pyron’s 8-yard rumble on the final play rounded out the scoring.

–Field Level Media

Oct 1, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets interim head coach Brent Key looks on from the sidelines against the Pittsburgh Panthers during the fourth quarter at Acrisure Stadium. Georgia Tech won 26-21. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia Tech with chance to sustain resurgence, hosts Virginia

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will try to continue turning around their season Thursday night when they host reeling Virginia in Atlanta.

After opening the season by dropping three of their first four games, the Yellow Jackets have won two under interim coach Brent Key. The former Georgia Tech offensive lineman took over after the school fired coach Geoff Collins and athletic director Todd Stansbury two days after a loss at Central Florida on Sept. 26.

Key, who was promoted from assistant head coach coach/run game coordinator, guided Georgia Tech to a 26-21 upset at then-No. 24 Pittsburgh on Oct. 1. A week later, it knocked off visiting Duke 23-20 in overtime to head into last week’s open date with momentum.

Suddenly, Georgia Tech (3-3, 2-1 ACC) is in second place behind North Carolina (6-1, 3-0) in the ACC’s Coastal Division, while Virginia (2-4, 0-3) has dropped three in a row to remain the league’ only winless team in ACC play.

Key said the Yellow Jackets need to build upon their recent gains after the Yellow Jackets’ nine-game losing streak to FBS teams ultimately cost Collins and Stansbury their jobs. Under Collins, Georgia Tech went 10-28 overall, including three successive three-win seasons, and went 7-19 in ACC play.

“We need a great crowd on Thursday night to help these kids and motivate these kids and show them that everyone’s behind them in their quest to be successful,” Key said.

Virginia also had an open date last week after falling to visiting Louisville (3-3, 1-3), the Cavs’ fourth loss in five games.

Key arrived at Georgia Tech in 2019 after coaching the offensive line under Nick Saban at Alabama the previous three seasons. Last month, he became the head coach, and last week the school hired J Batt away from Alabama to be the athletic director. Batt had served as key athletic fundraiser at Alabama and worked with Key for three years.

Virginia hired first-year head coach Tony Elliott in December after he had spending 11 seasons at Clemson, serving as offensive coordinator for Dabo Swinney for the past eight years.

“We are still a team that needs a lot of work fundamentally,” Elliott said. “We wanted to set the vision of where we are heading coming out of the bye week.”

Virginia has won the past two meetings and three of the past four against Georgia Tech, including last year’s 48-40 decision in Charlottesville, Va.

–Field Level Media

Oct 1, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets quarterback Jeff Sims (10) warms up before the game against the Pittsburgh Panthers at Acrisure Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia Tech beats Duke in overtime for second-consecutive win

Georgia Tech took its final lead on Gavin Stewart’s 37-yard field goal to begin overtime and held on to defeat visiting Duke 23-20 on Saturday in Atlanta.

Jeff Sims threw two touchdown passes and Georgia Tech survived after Duke scored two touchdowns in the final six minutes of regulation to extend the game.

After an offensive pass interference penalty put Duke in a bind in overtime, the Blue Devils attempted to push the game to a second overtime. Charlie Ham’s 52-yard attempt was wide, ending the game.

Stewart kicked three field goals for Georgia Tech (3-3, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), which improved to 2-0 under interim coach Brent Key.

Sims was 23-for-34 for 227 passing yards and added 95 rushing yards on 17 carries.

Duke quarterback Riley Leonard was 20-for-42 for 136 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

Leonard’s 2-yard pass to tight end Nick Dalmolin with eight seconds left marked the only offensive touchdown for Duke (4-2, 1-1).

The Yellow Jackets had control for most of the game, but Duke hung around.

Sims connected with Nate McCollum for an 18-yard score for the game’s first touchdown. He hooked up with Leo Blackburn for a 37-yard scoring play early in the third quarter.

When Stewart kicked a 23-yarder with 10:42 remaining, Georgia Tech held a 20-6 edge. The Yellow Jackets regained possession, but were forced to punt and Sahmir Hagans’ 53-yard punt return gave the Blue Devils their first touchdown with 5:55 remaining.

Two minutes later, Duke began a possession at the Georgia Tech 49-yard-line after a Hagans’ punt return of 40 yards. The Blue Devils were halted on fourth-and-5.

Duke was continually stymied on offense. Trailing 17-3 in the third quarter, the Blue Devils advanced inside the Georgia Tech 10-yard line, but K.J. Wallace intercepted Leonard. It was only Leonard’s second interception this season.

Stewart’s 22-yard field goal gave Georgia Tech an early 3-0 lead.

Ham had field goals of 45 and 28 yards.

Duke rushing leader Jaylen Coleman was out because of a lower-body injury.

–Field Level Media

Sep 5, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets head coach Geoff Collins reacts after a call during the game against the Clemson Tigers during the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia Tech faces No. 24 Pitt after dismissal of Geoff Collins

Georgia Tech will start a new era for its program when it plays at No. 24 Pittsburgh at 8 p.m. Saturday, but not in the way the Yellow Jackets envisioned when the season began.

Following a 27-17 loss at Central Florida last Saturday that put the Yellow Jackets at 1-3 (0-1 in ACC play), Georgia Tech fired head coach Geoff Collins, who went 10-28 after taking over for the retired Paul Johnson in 2018.

Georgia Tech also dismissed athletic director Todd Stansbury Monday.

Georgia Tech named associate head coach and offensive line coach Brent Key as interim, who has the unenviable task of helping his players deal with the transition and prepare for a ranked opponent on the road.

“Unfortunately, the results of our football program have fallen short of what our loyal community, fans and athletes expect and deserve,” Georgia Tech president Angel Cabrera said in a statement. “We are committed to rebuilding the program and a coaching change is a necessary first step in that process.”

Georgia Tech’s only win this season was a 35-17 win in Week 3 over Western Carolina. In its three losses, the Yellow Jackets have combined to score 20 points, and fixing those offensive struggles will likely be foremost for Key.

Georgia Tech’s offense is led by quarterback Jeff Sims, who has completed 59.8% of his passes for 739 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed for 111 yards.

While Georgia Tech enters in turmoil, Pittsburgh enters on a roll and in a steady place as a program.

The Panthers (3-1) enter the start of ACC play having won their last two games, at Western Michigan and against Rhode Island.

Pittsburgh received good news during the 45-24 win over Rhode Island when quarterback Kedon Slovis returned after missing the Western Michigan game with an undisclosed injury.

Slovis completed 20-of-27 passes in his return, but had the help of running back Israel Abanikanda with 177 rushing yards and four touchdowns.

Abanikanda enters the game second nationally in all-purpose yards at 180.25 and sixth in rushing yards per game at 119.8.

Pittsburgh head coach Pat Narduzzi admitted Monday that a coaching change with Georgia Tech leads to some uncertainty in regards to preparation.

“It’s like going back to the opening game of the season again, not knowing what they’re going to do,” Narduzzi said. “But again, I would imagine the offense is going to stay pretty similar. The defense is going to stay pretty similar with the effect that they had. But you never know. There’s going to be different things that maybe they’re allowed to do that they couldn’t do before.”

Pittsburgh has owned the series against Georgia Tech as of late.

The Panthers have won four straight games over the Yellow Jackets and six of the last seven, with Georgia Tech’s lone win in that span coming in 2017.

Last season, Pittsburgh earned a 52-21 over the Yellow Jackets in Atlanta.

–Field Level Media

Sep 24, 2022; Orlando, Florida, USA; UCF Knights quarterback John Rhys Plumlee (10) is tackled by Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets defensive lineman D'Quan Douse (99) during the first quarter at FBC Mortgage Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports

Four field goals, blocked punt help UCF over Georgia Tech

John Rhys Plumlee rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries to lead Central Florida to a 27-10 win over Georgia Tech on Saturday in Orlando, Fla.

Colton Boomer added four field goals for Central Florida (3-1), which has won back-to-back games.

Jeff Sims went 21-of-32 passing for 314 yards and a touchdown for Georgia Tech (1-3).

Central Florida put together a lengthy drive to start the game, going 71 yards in 20 plays to take a 3-0 lead thanks to a 21-yard field goal by Boomer.

The drive took 9:47 off the clock.

Georgia Tech then took a 7-3 lead with 5:54 left in the second quarter on a 59-yard touchdown pass down the middle of the field from Sims to Malachi Carter, but the Knights cut their deficit to 7-6 on a 31-yard field goal by Boomer with 1:39 remaining until halftime.

Central Florida then produced a big momentum play right before the break.

With Georgia Tech punting deep in its own territory, the punt was blocked by Central Florida’s Jarvis Ware and recovered by teammate Quadric Bullard, who returned the ball 29 yards for a touchdown with 35 seconds remaining in the first half to hand the Knights a 13-7 edge.

It was the fourth blocked punt of the year given up by Georgia Tech.

Central Florida then took a 16-7 lead with 9:44 remaining in the third quarter on a 37-yard field goal by Boomer.

Georgia Tech pulled within 16-10 with 41 seconds left in the third on a 42-yard field goal by Jude Kelley, but UCF went up 24-10 on a 28-yard touchdown run by Plumlee and a successful two-point conversion pass from Plumlee to Kemore Gamble with 10:37 remaining in the game.

Central Florida then essentially put the game away when Boomer drilled a 43-yard field goal with 4:17 remaining to make it 27-10 Knights.

–Field Level Media

Sep 17, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Mississippi Rebels quarterback Jaxson Dart (2) scrambles against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the second quarter at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

No. 20 Ole Miss dominates on ground, blanks Georgia Tech 42-0

Ole Miss running backs Zach Evans, Quinshon Judkins and Ulysses Bentley IV each had two rushing touchdowns as the No. 20 Rebels walloped host Georgia Tech 42-0 Saturday afternoon in Atlanta.

Evans, a transfer from TCU, posted a game-high 134 yards on 18 rushes. True freshman Judkins went for 98 yards on 19 carries. Bentley added 27 yards on eight attempts.

In producing its six scores on the ground, Ole Miss (3-0) churned out 316 yards on 62 carries.

Playing just three quarters, quarterback Jaxson Dart was 10-for-16 for 207 yards and an interception. He added 40 rushing yards on 10 carries.

Georgia Tech (1-2) struggled offensively and saw Jeff Sims go 18-for-32 for 161 yards. In 16 carries, he was left with -2 yards as Ole Miss notched seven sacks.

The Rebels dominated play, amassing a 547-214 edge in total yardage.

Under fourth-year head coach Geoff Collins, the Yellow Jackets fell to 2-12 in their past 14 games against Power 5 programs.

They are 1-10 against Associated Press-ranked teams during Collins’ tenure, upsetting No. 21 North Carolina 45-22 on Sept. 25 last season in Atlanta.

After speculation about its starting quarterback following a minor injury to last week’s starter Luke Altmyer, Ole Miss sent out Southern Cal transfer Dart.

Following Evans’ first rushing score for 3 yards on the game’s opening series, the situation soon worsened for the Yellow Jackets when their poor special teams play haunted them as it has thus far.

They allowed their third blocked punt of the season when Cedric Johnson rushed in untouched for a block. That set up Judkins’ romp from 7 yards for a 14-0 lead 5:09 into the game.

Evans capped the visitors’ fifth drive by warding off a pair of defenders and racing 26 yards with 5:36 left in the first half.

Judkins came in and netted his second score on a short run as Ole Miss pushed the advantage to 28-0 at 8:51 of the third.

Bentley tallied twice in the quarter as well as the Yellow Jackets lost their sixth straight against an SEC opponent.

–Field Level Media