“It was another productive practice today,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said. “Earlier in the week, I mentioned how everybody needs to be sharp and focused each practice, and I’m pleased with how we’ve looked so far.”
The Bulldogs (8-3) are preparing to defend another option-based attack. Last week’s foe, Georgia Southern, featured the nation’s top-ranked rushing offense that averaged 378 yards a game. In its 23-17 victory, Georgia limited the Eagles to 233 yards on the ground and 277 yards of total offense. Tech ranks seventh nationally in rushing, averaging 261 yards a game.
Turnovers and Red Zone mishaps played a pivotal part in the 2014 meeting between the rivals. Georgia managed 14 points off two Yellow Jacket turnovers while the Bulldogs fumbled twice at the Tech 1 yard line, and it led to seven points. Also, Georgia threw an interception at the Tech nine yard line to end the overtime contest. Tech finished 4-for-7 in Red Zone scoring chances while the Bulldogs went 3-for-6. This year, Georgia ranks third nationally in Red Zone defense as opponents have scored just 66 percent of the time (19 of 29 trips) with only 14 touchdowns allowed. Meanwhile, Tech ranks second nationally in Red Zone Touchdown Percentage, converting 77.1 percent of their possessions. They have scored 30 of 35 times in the Red Zone this year, with 27 touchdowns.
Saturday’s game with the Yellow Jackets in Atlanta will kick off at 12 p.m. (EST) on ESPN2. The broadcast team will feature Beth Mowins (play-by-play), Anthony Becht (analyst) and Paul Carcaterra (sidelines).
Fans please note that heightened security measures will be in place Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium. The current stadium guidelines call for all bags to be searched upon entry into the stadium. Bags and backpacks larger than 14x10x5 inches will NOT be permitted inside the stadium. Stadium games will open at 10:30 a.m. An F-16 Fighting Falcon flyover will follow the national anthem approximately 20 minutes before kickoff.