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Georgia football: Keys to victory over Tennessee Tech

KEY PLAYER

Freshman tailback Washaun Ealey got his first two career touchdowns Saturday, spearheading a Georgia rushing attack that piled up f304 yards. Ealey ran for 89 yards on seven carries, an average of 12.7 per attempt. Of 57 total plays against Tennessee Tech, the Bulldogs ran 39 times, and Ealey was a huge part of their success on the ground.

KEY DECISION

Sticking with Joe Cox. With some fans clamoring for a change at quarterback, Georgia coach Mark Richt said early in the week that the Bulldogs would be sticking with Joe Cox behind center. And Cox played well Saturday, completing his first 10 passes en route to finishing 10-of-13 for 140 yards and a pair of scores.

Logan Gray got his time, too, going 4-of-5 with an interception.

KEY MOMENT

Georgia’s first drive. After forcing a three-and-out, Georgia’s offense took the field Saturday and put together a complete drive to set the tone for a 38-point effort. On a run-heavy scoring drive, the Bulldogs marched 69 yards in nine plays, highlighted by a 26-yard completion to tight end Aron White and Ealey’s first career touchdown.

BY THE NUMBERS

11: Number of penalties Georgia had against Tennessee Tech, giving the Golden Eagles 86 yards (they had 55 yards of total offense).

72: Rushing yards for Georgia freshman Branden Smith on two carries, including a 52-yard scamper after taking a direct snap in the first quarter.

3: Years since Georgia’s defense last recorded a shutout, Sept. 16, 2006 against UAB.

QUOTE OF THE GAME

“It was awesome to get a shutout. It doesn’t matter who you play. It’s fantastic for the program. I am really happy for our defensive players and coaches.” — Mark Richt

Tyler Estep

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