Georgia Tech: 21
After capturing a share of the ACC championship and earning a trip to the Gator Bowl, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets would head to Athens to face the archrival Georgia Bulldogs. Georgia had won seven straight games in the series with Tech’s last victory coming in their 1990 National Championship season. The Bulldogs entered at 8-3 as the 12th ranked team in the country, while the Jackets held the 18th spot at 8-2.
Georgia got on the board quickly with a trick play less than a minute into the game. Quincy Carter threw a backward pass to Michael Greer wide to the right and the receiver threw a 68 yard touchdown pass to Larry Brown for a 7-0 lead. Little action was seen for the remainder of the opening period.
As the second quarter began, Charlie Rogers returned a punt 50 yards to the Bulldog end zone. The officials ruled that Rogers had called for a fair catch, however, and the play was called back with an added five yard penalty on the Jackets. But Joe Hamilton quickly made up for the blow, hitting Kelly Campbell for a 55 yard touchdown strike on the first play of the drive to tie the game at 7-7.
Georgia regained the lead as the first half came to a close when Hap Hines nailed a 35 yard field goal to make it 10-7 at intermission.
Hines added another field goal from 24 yards out with 9:36 to play in the third quarter, and Olandis Gary scored six minutes later on a two yard run to give Georgia a two possession lead. But the Bulldogs missed a two point conversion attempt and their lead stood at 19-7 as the game carried into the final period of play.
But then, staring at a 12 point deficit, the Ramblin’ Wreck came alive! The Jackets first moved 74 yards in 12 plays and scored on a 10 yard run by Joe Burns. Hamilton ran in for a two point conversion to get within four at 19-15.
Tech quickly regained possession after a Bulldog three-and-out and marched 37 yards in seven plays to get within one on a 49 yard Brad Chambers field goal.
Trailing 19-18, the defense forced another three-and-out that gave Tech the ball back with 3:57 remaining in the contest. Hamilton then led the offense 52 yards in 10 plays to the Georgia 18 yard line with just two seconds remaining. Brad Chambers entered to attempt a 35 yard field goal, but was delayed when Jim Donnon burned his final two timeouts in an effort to ice the senior kicker. Chambers lined up for the third time and nailed the 35 yarder to make it 21-19 and give Tech its first win over the Bulldogs in eight tries.
Tech improved to 9-2 with the victory while the Georgia fell to 8-4. The Bulldogs would go on to defeat the Virginia Cavaliers 35-33 in the Chic-fil-A Peach Bowl to finish at 9-4 on the season.
GT – 21
UGA – 17
GT – 241
UGA – 91
GT – 15-24-170
UGA – 17-32-293
GT – 2-1
UGA – 1-0
GT – 2
UGA – 0
GT – 5-33
UGA – 5-50
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