ATLANTA — Georgia survived Georgia Tech as much as the Bulldogs put the beatdown on the Yellow Jackets, 52-7.
The No. 4-ranked Bulldogs (11-1) next play at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday in the SEC Championship Game against No. 2-ranked LSU (11-0).
Jake Fromm was 14-of-29 passing for 254 yards and tied his career high with 4 TD passes, but UGA had some bad moments at Bobby Dodd Stadium.
Leading rusher D’Andre Swift left the game in the third quarter with a shoulder injury — Kirby Smart later said Swift could have returned — and receiver George Pickens was ejected for fighting.
Pickens will have to sit out the first half of the SEC title game.
Check out stats and live updates from the game below:
Georgia 52, Georgia Tech 7, 3:06: Tyson Campbell recovers Georgia Tech fumbled punt return in end zone for touchdown. Drive: 0 plays, 0 yards, 0:00.
Georgia 45, Georgia Tech 7, 11:19: Kenny McIntosh 2-yard run (Rodrigo Blankenship kick). Drive: 12 plays, 90 yards, 6:40.
Georgia 38, Georgia Tech 7, 4:28: Dominick Blaylock 9-yard pass from Jake Fromm (Rodrigo Blankenship kick). Drive: 6 plays, 34 yards, 1:22.
Georgia 31, Georgia Tech 7, 7:44: George Pickens 41-yard pass from Jake Fromm (Rodrigo Blankenship kick). Drive: 1 play, 41 yards, 0:07.
Georgia 24, Georgia Tech 7, 13:32: Tyler Simmons 17-yard pass from Jake Fromm (Rodrigo Blankenship kick). Drive: 3 plays, 53 yards, 1:21.
• Rodrigo Blankenship missed 42-yard field goal at end of first half.
• Georgia Tech kicker Brenton King misses 28-yard field goal
• Prather Hudson recovers onside kick, but then fumbles and Tech recovers at UGA 47
Georgia 17, Georgia Tech 7, 10:58: Tyler Davis 6-yard pass from James Graham. Drive: 4 plays, 17 yards, 2:21. Key play: Dominick Blaylock muffed punt, GT recovers at UGA 20.
• George Pickens riding bike on sideline, dressed out in uniform, yet to play.
Georgia 17, Georgia Tech 0, 1:21: Charlie Woerner 20-yard pass from Jake Fromm (Rodrigo Blankenship kick). Drive: 6 plays, 77 yards, 1:54. Key play: James Cook 19-yard pass from Jake Fromm to GT 32.
Georgia 10, Georgia Tech 0, 4:52: Brian Herrien 2-yard run (Rodrigo Blankenship kick). Drive: 7 plays, 64 yards, 3:40. Key play: Tyler Simmons 26-yard catch from Jake Fromm to GT 2.
• Cade Mays is in the game at right guard for Ben Cleveland, Jamaree Salyer is at left guard for Solomon Kindley
• George Pickens is dressed out, but not with the receivers group and sitting down with no indication he’ll be going in the game anytime soon.
Georgia 3, Georgia Tech 0, 10:00: Rodrigo Blankenship 49-yard field goal. Drive: 4 plays, 4 yards, 1:29. Key play: Dominick Blaylock 29-yard punt return to GT 36.
Georgia Captains: Michael Barnett, D’Andre Swift, Andrew Thomas
Bulldogs will kick
Georgia’s biggest fan the rest of this season
Let’s go dawgs!!!!!
— Lawrence Cager (@lawrencecager3) November 30, 2019
• Update: CB Eric Stokes back in starting lineup
• Update: DT Devonte Wyatt not in uniform
Pregame ESPN stats
FPI says: Georgia has a 97.9% chance to win at Georgia Tech.
Allstate Playoff Predictor says: With a win, Georgia has a 50.7% chance to make the playoff. With a loss, that drops to 19.9%.
ATLANTA — Georgia middle linebacker Monty Rice never really got to deal with option attack Georgia Tech once ran, as he was out at this point last season with a broken foot.
But Rice is ready for the offense the Yellow Jackets will bring on Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium, and he aims to make sure the Bulldogs’ defense is ready, too.
“They have a lot of guys over there that take it personal when they play Georgia,” Rice said. “It’s their last game of the season, and they want to go out with a bang.”
The No. 4-ranked Bulldogs (10-1) want to preserve their College Football Playoff hopes and gather momentum entering into the week of SEC Championship Game preparation.
Nothing less than an impressive win over the Yellow Jackets (3-8) will accomplish those things.
Georgia is not taking the game for granted, as offensive tackle Andrew Thomas explained.
“It’s still a rivalry,” Thomas said. “I remember back in 2016, I wasn’t a part of the team, but I was at the game when they beat us here at home.
“It stuck with a lot of guys here, so we’ll play our best. I remember them tearing up the field and having hedges in their mouths.”
The Georgia coaches made sure to remind the players this week with pictures of the Georgia Tech players celebrating their win over Kirby Smart in his first year as head coach in 2016.
The Bulldogs, however, have not lost to Georgia Tech at Bobby Dodd Stadium since 1999, a streak of nine consecutive road wins in the series.