Georgia looking to 'take what's ours' against Georgia Tech

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ATLANTA — Georgia players will enter Saturday's visit to Georgia Tech with a new appreciation of the state rivalry.

The Yellow Jackets took their first win over the Bulldogs since 2008 last season. That loss, and Georgia Tech's celebration on Georgia's home field, reminded the Bulldogs how much the rivalry means.

Georgia senior Kolton Houston said he and his teammates have bitter memories of watching Georgia Tech players "tear up our hedges" after last year's 30-24 overtime win in Athens.

"It stuck with me a lot," Houston said.

"Sometimes when you win as many as we were winning you tend to forget the rivalry hatred, but it's real again. ... We've got to go back and take what is ours."
Here are some other things to watch when Georgia Tech looks for back-to-back wins over Georgia:

THOMAS UPDATE: Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas left the Miami game with what the team said was an upper body injury. He practiced on Wednesday and is expected to play.

Freshman Matthew Jordan struggled while filling in for Thomas as Georgia Tech lost two of nine fumbles. Jordan had six fumbles and threw an interception.

A SHOT AT 1,000: Sony Michel took over as Georgia's starting tailback following Nick Chubb's season-ending knee injury against Tennessee. Michel ran for 132 yards, including the game-winning touchdown, in last week's 23-17 overtime win over Georgia Southern. That left him with 927 yards rushing and a chance to reach 1,000 on Saturday. "It would be great to get 1,000 with a W," Michel said. "If I get 1,000 with us losing, it really doesn't mean anything."

If you’re going to the game

Fans attending Saturday’s game will want to note the following:

Security at the gates will be heightened – all bags will be checked and no bags larger than 14x10x5 inches will be permitted inside Bobby Dodd Stadium. A list of permitted and prohibited items is at the Tech athletics website.

The school recommends arriving early to avoid delays.

Tech parking lots open at 7 a.m., and stadium gates open at 10:30 a.m.

There will be a flyover by a squadron of F-16 fighter jets approximately 20 minutes before the noon kickoff. Tech’s 22 seniors will be honored on the field immediately after that.

At each gate, Tech athletes will be collecting new, unwrapped toys and cash donations for the Michael Isenhour Toy Drive, which will distribute toys to needy children in metro Atlanta. The drive is named in honor of the former Tech basketball player who led the first drive in 2001 and died the following year after a battle with leukemia