Ge­or­gia routs Tech as show­down with Alabama looms

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Bring on Alabama. Jake Fromm threw a ca­reer-best four touch­down passes, D’an­dre Swift ran for 105 yards and No. 5 Ge­or­gia romped into the South­east­ern Con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship game with a 45-21 rout of Ge­or­gia Tech on Satur­day.

The Bull­dogs (11-1, No. 5 CFP) couldn’t af­ford a slip-up, not with a re­match against the top-ranked Crim­son Tide loom­ing next week in At­lanta. No wor­ries.

“I was hop­ing we’d have an­other chance to play them,” said line­backer D’an­dre Walker, quickly turn­ing his at­ten­tion to the team that de­feated Ge­or­gia in last sea­son’s na­tional cham­pi­onship game. “I knew we had a good team to get back to this point and play them again. Now we’ve got to pre­pare like no other and take on the chal­lenge.”

The ri­valry game known as “Clean, Old-fash­ioned Hate” was over by half­time.

Ge­or­gia went to the locker room with a 38-7 lead – which, in an in­ter­est­ing twist, was the score of last year’s dom­i­nat­ing vic­tory over the Yel­low Jack­ets. The Bull­dogs held a 343-66 edge in to­tal yards, pil­ing up 18 first downs to just four by Ge­or­gia Tech (7-5).

Fromm threw a 5-yard touch­down pass to Ri­ley Ri­d­ley, a 12-yarder to Jeremiah Hol­lo­man and a 44-yarder to Mer­cole Hard­man. Swift chipped in with a 1-yard scor­ing run, Eli­jah Holy­field had an 8-yard TD and Rodrigo Blanken­ship com­pleted the on­slaught with a 25yard field goal on the fi­nal play of the half.

NOTABLE

No. 13 Florida 41, Florida State 14: Feleipe Franks

had three touch­down passes and the visit­ing Ga­tors (9-3) used a pun­ish­ing ground at­tack to end a five-game los­ing streak to Florida State. The Semi­noles (5-7) suf­fered six dou­ble-digit losses.

No. 15 Penn State 38, Mary­land 3: Trace Mcsor­ley had a hand in three touch­downs to lead the host Nit­tany Lions (9-3, 6-3 Big Ten, No. 12 CFP). No. 19 Syra­cuse 42, Bos­ton Col­lege 21: Eric Dungey ran for three touch­downs and threw for 362 yards and three more scores to lead the visit­ing Orange (9-3, 6-2 ACC), which fin­ished with nine wins for the first time since 2001. The Ea­gles (7-5, 4-4) fin­ished with a three-game los­ing streak. No. 20 North­west­ern 24, Illi­nois 16: Clay­ton Thor­son ac­counted for three touch­downs, Isa­iah Browser rushed for 166 yards on 18 car­ries and the visit­ing Wild­cats (8-4, 8-1, No. 19 in CFP) got a sev­enth straight Big Ten win. Illi­nois (4-8, 2-7) lost for the sixth time in seven games.

Mi­ami 24, No. 24 Pitts­burgh 3: Travis Homer rushed for 168 yards and a long touch­down, Dee­jay Dal­las ran back a punt for one of his two scores and host Mi­ami (7-5, 4-4 ACC) closed its reg­u­lar sea­son by hold­ing Pitt to 200 yards. Pitt (7-5, 6-2) had al­ready locked up a berth in next week­end’s con­fer­ence ti­tle game against Clem­son.

FRI­DAY

No. 6 Ok­la­homa 59, No. 12 West Vir­ginia 56: Kyler Mur­ray threw three touch­down passes and the visit­ing Soon­ers (11-1, 8-1, No. 6 CFP) scored two de­fen­sive touch­downs to clinch a spot in next week’s Big 12 cham­pi­onship game. The Soon­ers earned a re­match Dec. 1 against No. 11 Texas. Will Grier threw for a ca­reer high 539 yards for West Vir­ginia (8-3, 6-3, No. 13 CFP).

No. 16 Washington 28, No. 7 Washington State 15: Myles Gaskin broke free for an 80-yard touch­down run early in the fourth quar­ter, and the visit­ing Huskies (9-3, 7-2 Pac-12) claimed the Pac-12 North. The Cougars (10-2, 7-2) should be in good shape for a New Year’s Six bowl.

JOHN BAZE­MORE AP

Ge­or­gia’s Eli­jah Holy­field dives past Ge­or­gia Tech’s Jaytlin Askew to score a touch­down Satur­day.

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