GAMES GRADES: Scoring Georgia’s wrecking of Georgia Tech

Rushing Offense: A-

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Georgia running back Keith Marshall (4) runs with the ball during the Bulldogs' 42-10 win over Georgia Tech on Saturday at Sanford Stadium. Marshall rushed for 66 yards on seven carries with two touchdowns in the game.

What went right: Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall combined for 163 yards and four touchdowns.

What went wrong: Everybody else combined for a net of one yard.

Bottom line: The overall numbers weren’t as dominant as the final score, but they could have been if the front-line players had stayed in the game.

Passing Offense: A-

What went right: Aaron Murray completed 14 of 17 for 215 yards and two scores.

What went wrong: Murray got sacked once.

Bottom line: Georgia didn’t really do much wrong all day.

Rushing Defense: B+

What went right: Georgia’s front-line defense held Georgia Tech without a touchdown.

What went wrong: Georgia Tech ran for 306 yards and 26 first downs.

Bottom line: Georgia Tech gained some yards between the 20s but it didn’t turn that success into points.

Passing Defense: B+

What went right: Georgia held Georgia Tech to 10 of 21 for 120 yards and Bacarri Rambo picked off a pass.

What went wrong: Most of Georgia Tech’s 120 yards came after Georgia took a comfortable lead.

Bottom line: Georgia Tech’s quarterbacks threw some truly horrible passes and didn’t push the Bulldogs very much.

Special Teams: B+

What went right: Malcolm Mitchell returned the opening kickoff 47 yards.

What went wrong: Georgia didn’t force any major mistakes by the Yellow Jackets.

Bottom line: The inconsistent play that plagued Georgia earlier this season seems to have cleared up.

Coaching: A

What went right: Georgia scored touchdowns on six of its first seven possessions to put the game away.

What went wrong: The defense gave up some yards but nothing that became costly.

Bottom line: Nobody can complain about a lopsided win against a traditional rival.

Players of the game

Aaron Murray, quarterback

The fourth-year junior completed 14 of 17 for 215 yards with two touchdowns and went over the 3,000-yard plateau for the season.

Alec Ogletree, linebacker

Made a career high 15 tackles (10 solo, five assists) with one tackle for loss. Ogletree’s 15 tackles is also the high for the season by a Bulldog.

Bacarri Rambo, safety

Tied Jake Scott’s career record of 16 interceptions with a pick-off near the goal line in the second quarter. He also picked a Georgia Tech running back’s pocket at the 1-yard line and finished with eight tackles.

Play of the game

Georgia had first down at the Georgia Tech 11 when Aaron Murray dropped back to pass. He looked toward Tavarres King in the left flat but King pointed into the end zone. Murray lofted a pass to Rhett McGowan who shielded two defenders with his body to make the catch and give Georgia a 28-0 lead.

Turning point

Georgia led 7-0 early in the first quarter when Georgia Tech’s Robert Godhigh bulled inside the Georgia 5-yard line. He was still making forward progress when Bacarri Rambo pulled the ball away at the 1-yard line and returned the fumble to the 50-yard line. Georgia eventually scored a touchdown to take a 14-0 lead.

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