David Greene led No. 8 Georgia to an early lead over Georgia Tech, then returned at the end with an aching left thumb to make sure the Bulldogs held on for a 19-13 victory over Georgia Tech.
Greene injured the thumb on his throwing hand in the first quarter after tossing a 28-yard touchdown pass to Fred Gibson. The senior quarterback was not expected to return, but he came back in with just over seven minutes remaining and the Bulldogs (9-2) struggling to hang on to their fourth straight win over the Yellow Jackets.
"I felt the momentum slipping," said Greene. "I took my coat off. I took the brace off my thumb. If anything, I just wanted to give us a little spark."
Greene completed a couple of passes on a 40-yard drive that set up Brandon Coutu's first career field goal, a 44-yarder with 2:22 left.
Georgia Tech (6-5), which trailed, 16-0, at halftime, wasn't done. Reggie Ball threw a 38-yard pass to Levon Thomas, who split four defenders to haul in the ball at the Georgia 21.
After completing a pass for no gain, Ball was sacked for an 11-yard loss by Quentin Moses. At that point, the Yellow Jackets appeared to lose track of the downs.
Ball raced up to the line to spike the ball, stopping the clock but leaving Georgia Tech with fourth-and-21. On the next play, he rolled right under heavy pressure and just lofted the ball out of bounds to avoid the sack.