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Associated Press Modified: November 24, 2012 at 5:31 pm •  Published: November 24, 2012
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Asked what he meant by "fading apart," Nealy said "A lot of talking and stuff, pointing fingers instead of staying together as a team."

Added Nealy: "It's still a team. We're still together. At the end of the day we're going to have each other's back."

Washington completed 6 of 9 passes for 55 yards while sharing time with Vad Lee, who completed 4 of 12 passes for 65 yards and had eight carries for 42 yards.

Washington had X-rays on his right wrist after the game but said he's "good" for the ACC championship game.

For Washington and other seniors, the loss was especially painful.

"It's real disappointing," he said. "It's a tough pill to swallow. I've got to wish the best for the program in the future."

The Yellow Jackets were held to their fewest points of the season despite finishing with advantages over Georgia in first downs (26-18) and total yards (426-379) and holding the ball almost 40 minutes, or twice as long as the Bulldogs.

The Yellow Jackets' only touchdown came midway through the final quarter on David Sims' 9-yard run. By that time, Georgia led 42-3 and was resting its starters while looking ahead to next week's Southeastern Conference championship against Alabama.

Georgia led 28-3 at halftime and put the game away with two quick touchdowns in the third quarter, including freshman Keith Marshall's second scoring run. Georgia's other freshman tailback, Todd Gurley, also ran for two touchdowns.

"It was a pretty good thumping," Johnson said. "We could not slow them down at all, which has been a recurring theme the last few times we've played them and we couldn't finish drives offensively."

Rambo created another turnover in the second quarter when he intercepted a deep pass from Vad Lee. Gurley had back-to-back runs of 21 and 22 yards before Aaron Murray's 11-yard touchdown pass to Rhett McGowan.

Georgia Tech had 306 yards rushing despite playing without leading rusher Orwin Smith, who was held out with a sprained right ankle. Sims led the team with 14 carries for 71 yards. Zach Laskey had 15 carries for 56 yards.

"I think they have a good defense," Laskey said. "I know for a fact we left a lot of points out there. You've got to give them credit for holding us to 10 points, but I know we're a better offense than that."