The take­away

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Ge­or­gia Tech: The grow­ing tal­ent gap be­tween the schools was on dis­play for the sec­ond year in a row. The Yel­low Jack­ets lost those games by a com­bined mar­gin of 83-28, which is sim­ply un­ac­cept­able for coach Paul John­son and ath­letic direc­tor Todd Stans­bury. “We missed a ton of tack­les,” John­son said. “We had a hard time block­ing.”

Ge­or­gia: While the Bull­dogs have held the up­per hand in this ri­valry for decades, it’s clear coach Kirby Smart has turned the se­ries into a par­tic­u­larly one-sided af­fair. His re­cruit­ing edge has grown to mam­moth pro­por­tions, which makes it hard to see how Ge­or­gia Tech will be able to turn things around in the im­me­di­ate fu­ture.

Punt-free zone

Ge­or­gia punter Jake Ca­marda fi­nally got back on the field in the fourth quar­ter — his first ap­pear­ance in two weeks.

The Bull­dogs went eight straight quar­ters with­out a punt go­ing back to the third quar­ter of their 27-10 vic­tory over Auburn.

They didn’t punt at all in last week’s 66-27 rout of UMass, and their first seven pos­ses­sions Satur­day re­sulted in six touch­downs and a field goal.

Fi­nally, Ge­or­gia went three­and-out and Ca­marda came on to boot a 45-yard punt.

Con­so­la­tion prize

It didn’t mean much in the grand scheme of things, but Mar­shall was feel­ing good about a 28-yard touch­down pass to fel­low se­nior Brad Ste­wart with 39 sec­onds re­main­ing.

“It was a spe­cial mo­ment for both of us,” Mar­shall said. “I know how hard he works, and es­pe­cially be­ing our last game here at San­ford Sta­dium, just be­ing able to put the ball in the air and see him go up and make a big play, it’s su­per ex­cit­ing for me. We had a lit­tle mo­ment there on the side­line.”

Up next

Ge­or­gia Tech: A bowl game, likely ei­ther the In­de­pen­dence or the Mil­i­tary. “We’re go­ing to want to fin­ish on the right note,” Mar­shall said.

Ge­or­gia: A chance for redemp­tion against the Crim­son Tide, which has been on the radar since Al­abama claimed the na­tional ti­tle with a 26-23 over­time vic­tory last Jan­uary. The Bull­dogs are still kick­ing them­selves for squan­der­ing a pair of 13-point leads, and then giv­ing up Tua Tago­v­ailoa’s win­ning 41-yard touch­down pass on sec­ond-and-26.

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