Georgia Takes 31-17 Win Over Rival Georgia Tech
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Nov. 26, 2011

ATLANTA, Ga. - Georgia extended its win streak to 10 games with a 31-17 win over in-state rival Georgia Tech in front of 54,925 fans and a nationally televised ESPN audience in Atlanta, Ga. With the win, Georgia moves to 10-2 on the season, while Georgia Tech drops to 8-4 on the year. The win was also the third straight for Georgia over the Yellow Jackets.

"It's a blessing to have the Governor's Cup in our building for the next year," head coach Mark Richt said. " After the first two games, a lot of people talked about winning 10 in a row. We were able to do it by wining one game at a time. We had to focus each week in practice and in the game. The goal was to keep improving. I knew from the start that this team had a lot of potential but we had to improve each week to get to the point we are at today."

Aaron Murray finished with 252 yards on 19-of-29 passing and tossed four touchdown passes to lead the way for Georgia. Orson Charles was the top-receiving target, finishing with 95 yards on five catches. Georgia used four different receivers to score, as Michael Bennett, Chris Conley, Tavarres King and Aron White each recorded touchdown catches. Ken Malcome led the team in rushing, racking up 39 yards on 12 carries.

Defensively, Alec Ogletree led Georgia was 11 tackles, including 10 solo stops and one tackle for a loss. Jarvis Jones and Kwame Geathers each recorded a sack.

Starting quarterback Tevin Washington finished with 75 yards of total offense. Orwin Smith and David Sims recorded Georgia Tech's two touchdowns. Roddy Jones was the leading rusher, finishing with 72 yards on 11 carries.

Using a 28-yard reception by Brandon Boykin, the Bulldogs broke into Georgia Tech territory with under five minutes left in the first quarter. Four plays later, Murray tossed a touchdown pass to Bennett that was followed by a Blair Walsh extra point, that put the Bulldogs on top 7-0 with 2:23 left in the first quarter.

Georgia Tech drove to the Georgia two-yard line, but the Bulldog defense held strong and limited the Yellow Jackets to a field goal at the start of the second quarter that made it a 7-3 game.

Georgia answered on the ensuing drive, as Charles picked up 49 yards through the air before Murray found Conley wide open the back right corner of the end zone for a touchdown. With the extra point, Georgia extended its lead to 14-3.

The Yellow Jackets made it a 14-10 game on its next possession, driving 80 yards on 14 plays in 7:07 before Sims rushed five yards for the touchdown.

Georgia marched 58 yards in 58 seconds to set up a 41-yard field goal by Walsh that sent the Bulldogs into the locker room holding a 17-10 lead.

Brandon Boykin returned the second half kickoff 60 yards to give the Georgia offense first-and-10 at the Georgia Tech 36 yard line. On second-and-five, Murray completed a 28-yard pass to Charles to set up first-and-goal from the three. King hauled in a touchdown pass one play later that helped Georgia extend its lead to 24-10.

The Bulldogs turned a Shawn Williams interception into seven points after a six-play, 38-yard drive that took 3:34 off the clock to made it a 31-10 game with 2:57 left in the third quarter. Georgia ran for 30 yards on the drive before Murray connected with White for a three-yard touchdown.

With just over six minutes left in the game, Georgia Tech strung together a 65-yard drive that culminated in a 16-yard touchdown run by Smith.

Georgia returns to Atlanta next weekend when it will take on LSU at 4 p.m. in the SEC Championship Game. The game will be televised on CBS.

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