Georgia Tech, the fourth best team in the country according to the polls, looked at least that good Sunday night. Georgia, who's only shot of winning the game was to play stout on defense and shorten the game as much as possible, did a good job of accomplishing its goals – for about the first ten minutes of the game.
After that it was all Tech.
The Yellow Jackets beat the Bulldogs by 38 points, the most in more than a decade. In the past few contests between these two schools, the final minute of the game was the time in which the game was determined.
This game was decided in the first few moments of the second half. Limping on the offensive side of the ball, Georgia had only 30 points to Georgia Tech's 43. The Jackets outscored the Dawgs 44-19 to blow them right out of the Thrillerdome.
There would be no late drive to win the game by the underdog – like in last week's football game. There would be no upset – like in the last two basketball games between the two, in which the better team lost the game.
No. This was nothing more than a good old fashioned beating and the Bulldogs were on the wrong side of the scoreboard. If the Bulldogs are going to compete in the SEC this season, and perhaps take a winning record into the New Year, they are going to have to find a scorer – quickly.
The Dawgs' defense in valiant, but without points under the "GEORGIA" on the scoreboard, all the defense in the world won't win a game.
But Georgia fans can learn a lesson from Paul Hewitt and his band of yellow-clad dribblers: It was only a few years ago that Tech looked lost on the basketball floor. Now, a few winters later, they are a national power.
It is an example Dennis Felton is surely trying to follow.