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For good measure, the Bulldogs ran their season total to 456 points, breaking the school scoring mark set by the 2002 SEC championship team.
Georgia Tech, amazingly enough, still has a chance to win the Atlantic Coast Conference title next weekend and earn a BCS bowl bid. The Yellow Jackets clinched a spot in the championship game against No. 10 Florida State after Miami pulled out from postseason consideration, hoping to lessen the blow from a pending NCAA investigation.
The Yellow Jackets won’t have any chance of beating the Seminoles if they don’t turn in a much better effort than this.
“Well, I look at it like another opportunity,” Johnson said. “We’ll see how they respond. You don’t get those opportunities very often, so you need to take advantage of them.”
Malcolm Mitchell returned the opening kickoff 47 yards to the Georgia Tech 44, and the rout was on. Murray completed an 11-yard pass to Gurley, Gurley broke off a 15-yard run, Murray hooked up with Arthur Lynch on a 15-yard pass, and Gurley ran 3 yards for the score. Four snaps, and it was 7-0. The game was 63 seconds old.
Georgia Tech appeared to be moving for a tying touchdown on its first possession. With nine straight runs, the Yellow Jackets ripped off five first downs and had the ball at the Georgia 20. Robert Godhigh tried to take it in from there, breaking tackles and staying on his feet all the way to the 1. But Rambo snatched the ball away before Godhigh got to the end zone, returning it 49 yards to midfield.
This time, the Bulldogs needed less than 3 minutes to put another touchdown on the board.
Before the half was done, Georgia tacked on two more scores: Marshall’s 15-yard run and Murray’s 11-yard pass to McGowan. The Yellow Jackets ran for 220 yards in the first two quarters, but all they had to show for it was Chris Tanner’s 38-yard field goal.
Georgia Tech’s misery was epitomized by its final possession of the half. After another extended drive — 13 plays covering 56 yards — the Yellow Jackets had to settle for a field goal try on the last play. Tanner’s 36-yarder was wide right by a good 10 yards, the almost entirely red-clad crowd letting out a sarcastic cheer.
The Yellow Jackets had another miserable defensive effort, giving up more than 40 points for the sixth time this season.
“We’ve got to stick together because some guys were fading apart during the last bit of the game,” linebacker Quayshawn Neely said. “We’ve got to stick together and hold tight because we’ve got something big coming up next week.”
By Tammy Bruce
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