ATHENS - It was a rout from the start. Georgia's dominance over Georgia Tech was summed up in one game.
And now the attention can move to next week.
Georgia ran away with a 42-10 win on Saturday afternoon, not looking a minute like it was looking ahead to the SEC championship game. The score might have been worse if Georgia hadn't pulled its starters in the fourth quarter; Georgia Tech's lone touchdown came against the second-team defense.
The Bulldogs finish the regular season 11-1 for the first time since 2002. Georgia has now beaten Georgia Tech 11 of the past 12 years, and scored at least 30 points the past six games.
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In addition, Georgia set a program record for points in a season, with 456 (and counting). The previous record was 454 in 2002, over 14 games.
Once again, the freshmen tandem of Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall racked up the yards: They each had two touchdowns, and Gurley had 97 yards on 12 carries while Marshall had 66 on seven carries.
Aaron Murray passed for 215 yards, completing 14-of-17 passes, including touchdowns to Jay Rome (for 24 yards) and Rhett McGowan (for 11).
Defensively the star was Alec Ogletree, playing perhaps his final home game, finishing with 15 tackles. That's the most by a Georgia player this season, and Ogletree now leads the team in tackles this season, despite missing the first four games.
Christian Robinson,a senior definitely playing his final home game, had 11 tackles. Nose tackle John Jenkins, who left the game with an ankle injury in the third quarter, had a career-high 11 tackles.
Georgia got off to a quick start: Malcolm Mitchell returned the opening kickoff 47 yards to the Tech 44. Four plays later, the Bulldogs were in the end zone, via a 3-yard Todd Gurley run. Gurley touched it three times on that quick opening drive.
Georgia Tech was on the verge of answering on its first drive, notching four first downs and reaching the Georgia 20. But then Bacarri Rambo came up big for the Bulldogs: The senior safety took the ball away from Georgia Tech rusher Robert Godhigh, and Rambo returned it 49 yards up to midfield.
It was a huge break for the Bulldogs, as Godhigh was inside the 5 – although a holding call was about to push the Yellow Jackets back anyway and the play wasn’t going to count. But Rambo’s strip had Georgia gladly declining the penalty.
A couple minutes later, it was Gurley scoring again, this time on a 1-yard run.
Georgia Tech managed a field goal on its second drive. But Georgia answered right back, Murray connecting with Malcolm Mitchell on a 57-yard pass on the drive’s first play. Keith Marshall ran for 13 and then 15 yards, and the three-play, 85-yard drive ended with Georgia leading 21-3.
From there, the rout was on.