Georgia Tech traveled to Miami this past weekend with an upset on the mind.
To be honest, it seemed like a safe bet too. Miami was coming off an emotional win over FSU, ending their seven game losing streak to the ‘Noles, and Georgia Tech was coming off of a bye. Also, Miami was down their top receiver and leading rusher. That being said, Miami’s defense was still intact and has one of the best front sevens in the ACC. It was set up to be a tough battle, and it did not let the fans down.
Georgia Tech jumped out to an early 14-3 lead and seemed to have all the momentum. TaQuon Marshall, who was the ACC’s leading rusher coming into the game, was completely bottle up in this, he finished with just eighteen yards on the ground. However, it was a TaQuon Marshall did have a Houdini like touchdown pass. It seemed like Tech was going to be in good shape going into the half, up 14-6, but another two minute defense collapse allowed Miami to march down the field and score a touchdown to end the half.
To start the second half, Georgia Tech recovered a “surprise” onside kick and took it to the house. At the moment, this seemed to give the Jackets the momentum right back. Yet, after the teams exchanged field goals to end the third, Miami had the ball for a crucial drive and a monsoon like storm came. This spelled disaster for an option team, especially one that lost its starting B-Back, Kirvonte Benson, earlier in the game. Georgia Tech missed three first downs because of the weather, which made the poor field conditions even worse as well. Tech had two players slip in the mud like field on a third down play that cost them a first down. One was a pass to Qua Searcy who slipped coming off of his route, and was wide open.
The game came down to the Tech defense and, lets just say the play calling wasn’t the best, but the execution on defense wasn’t the best either. The Hurricanes ran six straight bubble screens to get inside the Georgia Tech forty. A penalty pushed the Canes back to the fifty and, well, everyone knows what happens next. A 4th and 10 play which resulted in just utter pain for the Tech players, coaches, and fans.
Georgia Tech is much better than their 3-2(2-1) record shows. They gave Tennessee and Butch Jones a going away present, and the Canes had to pull out a horseshoe in the end. That being said, the Jackets can’t have a redo, they have to just move on. To me, this team knows they are better than their record and are eager to prove it. It all beings on Saturday, under the lights at Bobby Dodd stadium against a surprising 4-2(1-2) Wake Forest team who will have their starting QB and RB back. It will be a stiff test yet again for Georgia Tech, but they bounce back like the 2014 and 2016 teams did, or let this spiral like the 2015 team did? Just my guess, but I think this team is just too good to let it spiral, I expect an even more fired up and mad Tech team for the remainder of the season.
Lost in all the action, Walk-on Red Shirt Sophomore kicker Shawn Davis seemed to have suffered a knee injury while attempting to make a tackle on a kickoff. You have to feel for the kid because he worked his butt off to win the job, and has turned in some good performances since that Tennessee game, and was gaining some much needed confidence. I hope everything is alright with him and pray for a quick recovery! His backup is Brenton King, a true Freshman from Mill Creek High School. He is 2-2 on FGs this season including a 32 yarder on less than ideal field conditions against Miami.