ATLANTA — Georgia football won Saturday, but it came at such a high cost, it led to the team’s collective stock dropping.
Bulldogs tailback D’Andre Swift left the game with a left shoulder injury at the 9:32 mark, and five minutes later, receiver George Pickens was ejected for fighting.
Georgia (11-1) beat Georgia Tech (3-8) by a 52-7 count.
Pickens, Georgia’s leading receiver with Lawrence Cager sidelined by an ankle injury, was held out of the first half on account of a “team issue.”
Pickens will be suspended the first half of the SEC Championship Game next Saturday, but Georgia coach Kirby Smart was more optimisic about Swift, saying after the game that “we think he’ll be fine.”
Smart pulled quarterback Jake Fromm after Pickens’ ejection in the third quarter with the Bulldogs up 38-7.
Receiver Tyler Simmons had 3 catches for 52 yards and a 17-yard touchdown in the third quarter.
Monty Rice had 8 tackles for the Bulldogs defense, which escaped the second quarter giving up only 7 points despite Tech starting three drives on the UGA side of the field.
James Cook had two catches for 34 yards and four carries for 30 yards.
Brian Herrien had 8 carries for 46 yards and a touchdown.
J.R. Reed had a big hit, knocking the ball loose and forcing an incompletion. Reed didn’t allow the ball to get behind him, limiting Georgia Tech to a long pass of 23 yards.
Tommy Bush, who had been out all season with a groin injury, had his first catch of the season.
Stetson Bennett came in the game and completed 2 of 3 passes for 27 yards.
George Pickens missed the first half for a “team issue,” and then he got ejected for fighting in the third quarter.
Prather Hudson had an onside kick in his hands, but coughed up the ball after Georgia Tech hit him.
Dominick Blaylock muffed a punt that led to Georgia Tech’s first-half touchdown.
D’Andre Swift fumbled twice and left the game with a left shoulder injury.
Tyrique Stevenson had a wide-open front shot on the Tech quarterback, but he was unable to tackle him and missed out on a clean sack.
Kearis Jackson dropped a slant pass that hit him between the numbers, the second straight week that has happened.