After they bolted to a quick 21 to 0 lead, the Yellow Jackets had an opportunity to put away the game with a pass completion on their own 10 yard line to a wide open Orwin Smith on the left sideline. Unfortunately, Tevin Washington under threw a certain 90 yard TD pass and Georgia Tech had to punt the football. This near miss on the knockout blow invigorated the Wolf pack team who were able to run and pass eventually cutting the lead to 21 to 7 going into half time on a 9 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Mike Glennon.
On their first possession of the 2nd half, the wolf pack moved the football once again and scored on a 46 yard break away run up the middle by James Washington who had a hundred+ yard game against the Yellow Jacket defense after rushing for a grand total of -22 yards the week before against Cincinnati. This run was eerily similar to the one last week by Giovanni Bernard that also included a couple of missed tackles in the process. Now the wolf pack crowd was really getting into the game and firing up their team who had now cut the lead to 21 to 14 and all the momentum going their way at Carter-Finley stadium.
So now it was time for Georgia Tech to make a statement and start to establish themselves as a contender in the ACC Coastal this season. The Yellow Jackets finally woke up out of the ether after that touchdown run with a very tough drive that concluded with Orwin Smith around the right end for a touchdown and a 28 to 14 lead. Then on the next possession by the wolf pack Mike Glennon was intercepted by safety Isaiah Johnson who took it back untouched 34 yards for a touchdown and a 35 to 14 lead with about 12 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter. The defense held the wolf pack again and after Georgia Tech got the football back, Tevin Washington threw a very nice spiral to Roddy Jones down the seam for a 38 yard touchdown and now the lead had sprouted to 42 to 14 and the crowd headed for the exits.
While the game still had plenty of time left, it was over at that point other than the final score. I will admit that giving up 2 touchdowns in the last minute of the game during what is called by the NBA garbage time did not make anyone on the team happy, least of all Paul Johnson. But these types of errors are not costing us games thus far, and actually helps reinforce the message this team needs to hear all season long about finishing games and not letting up ever until the final clock displays 00.00.
A road win in any conference is always one of those take it any way you can type of events. So while 42 to 14 looks much better than 45 to 35, it still results in a WIN! Last year the momentum would have just swept us up and resulted in another loss. Also, given that Tevin Washington was certainly not having his best day passing the football and missed several open receivers during the afternoon, he still threw for 2 touchdowns and hit a couple of critical passes when they were needed the most to keep drives moving and get the Yellow Jackets into the end zone.
I have not been able to ascertain what the reason was for Jeremiah Attaochu to leave the game in the second half, but hopefully it is nothing too serious. So before everyone starts in with the usual chorus of; “we need to play better against the likes of Clemson, Va Tech, and UGA or we’re going to get our butts handed to us,” all of those teams have had their mental miscues this season too. It is when you start to get complacent and it results in a loss, that is what needs to be guarded against this season. So the Yellow Jackets will see in film session how these miscues can be avoided and play much better this season moving forward.
However, all in all a win is a win so let’s put this one behind us and get ready for Maryland next Saturday at BDS. By the way, # 15 South Florida was blown out on Thursday at Pittsburgh; SMU defeated TCU on the road; Baylor lost to Kansas State at home, and Nebraska was manhandled at Wisconsin and most of those teams were ahead of us in the polls. So just as CPJ likes to say; “as long as we have more points at the end of the game than the other team,” a win is a win and that is what matters.
At this juncture with the pre-season coronation of FSU and Va Tech as the Atlantic and Coastal Division winners expected to meet for the ACC Championship, it appears that other teams such as Georgia Tech now have an opportunity to compete for a championship. The Yellow Jackets are currently moving along with a 2 and 0 record in the Coastal Division and playing decent football at the moment with the expectation they will continue to improve the remainder of the season. Nice win and go Jackets!