Georgia Tech falls 37-14 to No. 1 Georgia – Soccer – Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia Tech was more than able to hold its own against the nation’s top-ranked team for much of the game, but No. 1 Georgia pulled away late to defeat the Yellow Jackets 37-14 at Sanford Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Georgia Tech (5-7) took an early 7-0 lead by scoring the first first-quarter touchdown Georgia (12-0) conceded this season. The Yellow Jackets took the opening kickoff and marched 75 yards in 11 plays for the score, highlighted by a 34-yard pass Zach Gibson to Nate McCollum in fourth and ninth place and topped off by a 7-yard touchdown executed by the quarterback Taisun Phommachanh.

The Jackets — only the third team to lead UGA at any point in a game this season — edged the Bulldogs 187-153 in the first half and were just 10-7 behind at the break.

Tech stayed in the game well into the third quarter, but a couple of mistakes deep in their own territory — a mistaken snap on a punt and a fumble — saw UGA score 13 points in a span of just 6:29 to the Engen to turn 10-7 leads to a 23-7 advantage. The Bulldogs then went for two touchdowns early in the fourth period to end the game.

Georgia Tech is running back Dontae Smith finished scoring with a 24-yard touchdown pass Malachi Carter go into play at 2:55. The shot on target came on Smith’s first attempt at a pass.

Tech’s defense — which limited Georgia to 406 total yards, the Bulldogs’ third-lowest offensive streak of the season — was led by linebackers Ayinde Eley and Charlie Thomas, who led all tacklers with 11 and eight stops, respectively. Eley and Thomas finished the season with 118 and 112 tackles, which were the most by any Yellow Jackets since PJ Davis had 119 stops in 14 games in 2014.

Gibson was only making his third start, completing 19 of 35 passes for 191 yards — all career bests — and engineering touchdown drives from 75 and 65 yards to lead the Yellow Jackets offense. McCollum led all players with six catches for 65 yards and gave him 60 receptions for the season, the seventh-most in Georgia Tech single-season history and most by a yellow jacket since Calvin Johnson caught 76 receptions in 2006.


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