Dawgs Get Set for Tech

ATHENS - Following their second open date of the season, the 13th-ranked Bulldogs (9-2, 6-2 Southeastern Conference) welcome #18 Georgia Tech to Sanford Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 29.

Georgia¹s Mark Richt, who owns a 7-0 record against the Yellow Jackets since taking the head coaching position in 2001, met with his staff on Sunday to continue preparations for their in-state rival. The players got Friday, Saturday and Sunday off from practice.

³I think it will help our guys to be more fresh since they won¹t have taken the pounding of a regular football weekend,² said Richt. ³We¹ll put the pads on Monday and try to simulate the game against the scout team as soon as possible.²

Georgia Tech is coming off of a 41-23 win over #23 Miami on Thursday night. Yellow Jacket running back Jonathan Dwyer shredded the Hurricane defense for 128 yards rushing and two touchdowns in just one half of play, catching Richt¹s attention.

³We have to get to him before he gets started because he is an agile tackle-breaker with good speed,² Richt said. ³(Dwyer) looks every bit of 228 pounds and he carries it well. For him, if you don¹t get him at the line of scrimmage, it¹s going to be tough to get him down.²

Richt said that Georgia Tech showed how strong a team it is during its game against the Hurricanes.

³They were very impressive, their fans were into it and their players did a great job against a top-25 team,² he said. ³All of our games against Georgia Tech are huge so I¹m not trying to say that one game is bigger than another. We try to make our players understand that this is a crucial game every time.²

The 2008 Bulldog senior class goes for its 40th win when they face Georgia Tech. The seniors will be trying to become the sixth consecutive class to claim more than 40 or more wins in their career. Currently, they are 39-11 with one SEC title and two SEC Eastern Division titles.

Richt wants to wait on his assessment of the senior class until the season has been completed.

³That is kind of a reflective question,² said Richt. ³It¹s hard to say something like that before the season is over and we definitely don¹t feel the season is over.²

The Bulldogs are 2-2 against ranked teams this season after having downed #22 Vanderbilt at home and #11 LSU in Baton Rouge. The last time Georgia faced a ranked Georgia Tech team, the unranked Bulldogs upset the 16th-ranked Yellow Jackets 15-12 in Athens in 2006.

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