And with that understatement of the day, the Chan Gailey era got off to a bang with this game. It was the most lopsided result in the series, and the most points that Georgia Tech had ever allowed a Georgia team to score in a game.
I’ve seen Georgia-Georgia Tech games get out of hand, but I’d never seen a Yellow Jacket team quit before. Until this one.
The onslaught began in the second quarter, as Georgia scored 24 unanswered points to lead 34-0 at the half. To that point, Tech’s only brush at an offensive score came midway through the second quarter after a drive stalled and the Jackets attempted a 49 yard field goal. Attempted being the operative word here, as Boss Bailey flicked aside Luke Manget’s kick.
Tech didn’t get on the scoreboard until early in the fourth quarter, narrowing the gap to thirty seven. The Dawgs answered that score two drives later to produce the final result. All in all, it was a helluva job by Chan Gailey. (You might wonder what was going through Michael Adams’ mind as he watched Dooley’s head coach choice rout the man who was Adams’ first pick.)
The box score in this case doesn’t lie. Everything you need to know about Georgia’s dominance that day is there:
|Team Statistics||Georgia Tech||Georgia|
|Rushes-Yards||22 – 71||57 – 230|
|Sacked-Yards lost||2 – 20||3 – 18|
|Passes||18 – 36 – 2||17 – 25 – 0|
|Punts-Average||6 – 37||3 – 37|
|Fumbles-Lost||6 – 3||0 – 0|
|Penalties-Yards||4 – 28||8 – 95|
|Time of Possession||23:06||36:54|
Five hundred and fifty or so yards of offense and a +5 in turnover margin is a pretty good formula for a rout. And a rout it was. Even Cory Phillips contributed, going 2 for 3 passing and leading the Dawgs to their final score of the game.
51-7 has become a metaphor. That’s how glorious a day it was.