Georgia routs Tech as showdown with Alabama looms
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.
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.
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.
Georgia’s Elijah Holyfield dives past Georgia Tech’s Jaytlin Askew to score a touchdown Saturday.