No. 1 UGA Beats Georgia Tech, Sets SEC Win Streak Record

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No. 1 Georgia defeated Georgia Tech 31–23 on Saturday night to complete its third consecutive undefeated regular season and win its sixth straight in the state rivalry. Kendall Milton ran for a career-high 156 yards and two touchdowns.

The school-record winning streak of Georgia (12-0, No. 1 College Football Playoff) was extended to 29 games. Although Georgia Tech has lost 19 of the last 22 meetings between the Bulldogs and them (6-6), this matchup was more competitive than most recent contests for the Governor’s Cup Trophy.

Jamal Haynes also scored a touchdown on foot, and quarterback Haynes King scored twice. With 205 yards gained on the ground, the Yellow Jackets amassed 363 yards, led by four catches for 96 yards from Eric Singleton Jr.

With 3:46 left, King’s 5-yard scoring run made it 31-23 for Georgia. After recovering an onside kick, Georgia decided to run out the clock with Milton and Daijun Edwards leading the running game. Milton’s amount of rushes set a record for a Georgia running back this season.

Georgia defended its aspirations to become the first squad in the history of The Associated Press poll to win three consecutive national titles. Next week, in Atlanta, the Bulldogs will take on No. 8 Alabama in the SEC Championship game.

The Bulldogs responded with 24 straight points to take a 31-13 lead late in the third quarter, cutting Georgia Tech’s lead to 7-0 in the first and 10-7 in the second.

Three of Georgia’s top five receivers and a starting offensive lineman were absent. The inactive players were wide receivers Ladd McConkey (ankle) and Rara Thomas (foot sprain), as well as tight end Brock Bowers (ankle). Tate Ratledge, the right guard, was similarly held out.

On the opening snap, the exhausted Bulldogs offense harmed itself with a turnover. After being struck by linebacker Kyle Efford, Edwards stumbled. At the Georgia 37, Jamon Dumas-Johnson made a recovery for the Yellow Jackets. Georgia Tech led 7-0 after King found Brett Seither for a 28-yard pass. King then scored on a 9-yard run.

Dominic Lovett’s 29-yard touchdown pass from Carson Beck tied the score. Georgia led 21–13 at the half thanks to 3-yard scoring runs from Milton and Edwards.

Over the previous three seasons, the Bulldogs have outscored the Yellow Jackets 134-21, with victories of 37-14 and 45-0 in 2021 among them.