Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
10-20-14: The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets looked to avenge their first loss of the season this week when they traveled to Kenan Stadium to take on the North Carolina Tar Heels in an ACC matchup. Georgia Tech dropped their record to 5-1 and 2-1 in the ACC with their loss to Duke last week and North Carolina came into the game with a 2-4 record while still searching for their first ACC victory of the season. Georgia Tech started this game off the same way they start off every contest, running the ball down the throats of the opposing team. Georgia Tech’s first drive went for 12 plays and 70 yards in 6:13 and was capped off by a Zach Laskey touchdown run to put the Yellow Jackets up 7-0 early in the first quarter. The biggest reason that Georgia Tech needs to control the ball and the clock with their running game is because their defense has been less than stellar this season and looked less than stellar on the ensuing drive when North Carolina marched it right back down the field to tie the contest. Tarheels quarterback Marquis Williams connected on his second TD pass of the day early in the second quarter to give North Carolina a 14-10 lead. These two teams traded touchdown passes to close out the first half and send the game into halftime with the Tarheels leading the Yellow Jackets by the score of 21-17. Georgia Tech’s defense continued to struggle in the second half allowing a pair of third quarter touchdowns as the Yellow Jackets went into the final quarter with a 35-24 deficit. Georgia Tech’s offense led by QB Justin Thomas and RB Zach Laskey actually took the lead back late in the fourth quarter when Laskey ran it in from 14 yards out and then DeAndre Smelter ran in a 75 yard touchdown run to take a late 43-42 lead with just 3:07 left in the contest. North Carolina took the ensuing kickoff and marched down the field 75 yards on 12 plays eating up 2:56 of the clock as T.J. Logan ran in a two yard touchdown to put North Carolina up 48-43 with just 0:11 left on the clock. The Tech offense could not muster a miracle and fell in their second straight week to an ACC opponent by that same 48-43 score. Georgia Tech dropped their record to 5-2 on the season and 2-2 in the ACC while North Carolina improved their record to 3-4 on the season. Get your Georgia Tech tickets for the next Yellow Jackets game as the team travels to Pittsburgh next Saturday to take on the Panthers on the road in Heinz Field. The game will be played at 3:30 pm ET and can be seen on ABC and ESPN.
10-15-14: The #22 ranked Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets took their undefeated record this week into the game with the Duke Blue Devils. Duke won the ACC Coastal conference last year with a strong record and the team has seen that same success in 2014 as the team had a 4-1 record with a 0-1 ACC record heading into the game. Tech sported a perfect 5-0 record with a perfect 2-0 conference record heading into the contest at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta. Georgia Tech lives and dies by their running game and the running show from RB Zach Laskey and QB Justin Thomas was on display in the first half of this contest. Thomas had 81 rushing yards in the first half while Laskey had 58 yards and a touchdown setting up 12 first half points for the Yellow Jackets. Georgia Tech’s defense struggled in the first half keeping Duke’s QB Anthony Boone in check as he threw for 80 yards and a touchdown in the first half as Duke went into the half with a 14-12 lead over Georgia Tech. Duke kept the Jackets offense off the field and out of the end zone in the third quarter while putting up 10 points of their own as the Blue Devils headed into the fourth quarter with a 24-12 lead. Georgia Tech would make things interesting in the fourth quarter with two touchdowns of their own to pull the score to 31-25 but would get no closer as the Yellow Jackets suffered their first lost off the season by that same score. Both teams now have identical 5-1 records with Duke having a 1-1 ACC record and Georgia Tech having a 2-1 conference record this season. Be sure to get your Georgia Tech tickets for the next Yellow Jackets game next Saturday as the team travels to North Carolina to take on the North Carolina Tarheels on the road in Kenan Memorial Stadium. The game will be played at 7:00 pm ET and can be seen on ESPN U.
10-6-14: The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets hosted their ACC rivals the Miami Hurricanes this week at home in Bobby Dodd Stadium. The Jackets went into the game with a perfect 4-0 record on the season, 1-0 in the ACC, and faced off with the 3-2, 1-1 in the ACC, Hurricanes. Georgia Tech’s defense was sketchy at best in the first quarter as Miami made their first drive for a touchdown look relatively easy. For much of the first half these two teams traded running up and down the field in what looked like a game that would come down to who had the ball last in the contest. Then the Georgia Tech defense came up with a big interception that led to seven points and a 14-14 tie at half time. Georgia Tech got the ball to start the second half and promptly marched down the field 75 yards in 13 plays and 6:50 to take the 21-14 lead and ultimately their first lead of the ball game and a lead they would not relinquish in the contest. Miami climbed closer in the contest with a field goal late in the third quarter but a fourth quarter Deon Hill rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter sealed the deal for Tech. Miami marched down the field late in the fourth quarter and were on the cusp of putting the ball into the end zone before a second Georgia Tech interception off Miami’s QB Brad Kaaya sealed the deal for the Yellow Jackets. Justin Thomas and the Jackets defense kneeled on the ball and ran out the clock to win the game 28-17. Georgia Tech beat Miami for the first time in their last six meetings while they improved their record to 5-0 and 2-0 in the ACC. Miami dropped their record to 3-3 and 1-2 in the ACC. Be sure to grab some Georgia Tech tickets for the next Yellow Jackets game next Saturday as they take on the Duke Blue Devils at home in Bobby Dodd Stadium. The game will be played at 12:30 pm ET and can be seen on ESPN3.
10-1-14: The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets look to keep their perfect season alive next week when they host the Miami Hurricanes at home in Bobby Dodd Stadium. The Yellow Jackets are fresh off a big win and their first victory in the ACC this season over the Virginia Tech Hokies last time out. Miami will be the second test from the ACC for the Yellow Jackets this season. Miami is currently 2-2 and 0-1 in the ACC and facing off with the Duke Blue Devils at home this week. Miami will have to stop the 15th best rushing attack in the nation from the Yellow Jackets as Georgia Tech is averaging 292 yards per game on the ground this season. Tech has been able to put up points this season as well as the team is averaging 36.3 points per game in their four victories this season but the defense i going to have to step up if they want to beat the Hurricanes. The Tech defense is allowing 25.5 points per game which ranks as 75th best in the nation. Georgia Tech will also have to try and help from getting too one dimensional as the passing game has only been able to muster 152.5 yards per game and has yet to really get the passing game going this season. The Georgia Tech and Miami Hurricanes game will be played on Saturday, October 4 and can be seen on ESPN 2 at 7:30 pm ET. Get your Yellow Jackets tickets now for the ACC matchup with the Hurricanes in one week.
9-22-14: The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets squeaked out a victory last week at home against George Southern University and this week traveled to Virginia to take on the Virginia Tech Hokies at Lane Stadium. The Yellow Jackets are a perfect 3-0 on the season with their comeback last week and put their perfect record up against the 2-1 Hokies in both team’s first ACC matchup of the season. It wasn’t pretty by any means and neither team dominated but it was a well-played game right down to the final whistle from both squads. In the end the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets improved their record to 4-0 on the season and 1-0 in the ACC with a 27-24 victory over Virginia Tech on the road. Virginina Tech outgained and out passed the Tech offense but in typical Georgia Tech fashion the Yellow Jackets owned the ground game on the afternoon. The biggest difference in the game was Virginia Tech’s quarterback Michael Brewer throwing three big interceptions in the game. Georgia Tech was actually losing by the score of 16-10 before Tech’s Paul Davis returned a 41 yard interception for a touchdown to give the Yellow Jackets a lead they would not relinquish. Georgia Tech marched down the field on the final drive of the game and kicker Harrison Butker kicked a 24 yard field goal as time expired to win the game for the Yellow Jackets. Get your Georgia Tech tickets for the Yellow Jackets next game on October 4 when they host ACC rivals in the Miami Hurricanes at home in Bobby Dodd Stadium.
9-16-14: The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets hosted the Georgia Southern Eagles this week at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta. Georgia Tech has had question marks surrounding their defense all season long, especially earl in ball games, and those worries were not put to bed this week as Georgia Southern moved the ball up and down the field all game long seemingly at will. The final score was 42-38 Georgia Tech as the Yellow Jackets improved to 3-0 in a wild rivalry game that came down to a turnover and clutch quarterback play from Georgia Tech. Tech was leading 35-10 at the half and many fans and players thought the game was in the bag before GA Southern came roaring back for four consecutive touchdowns to take a 38-35 lead late in the fourth quarter. GA Southern had the ball and was marching down the field with 4:12 left on the clock before losing a fumble that had to be reviewed to the Yellow Jackets. Tech would then march the ball down the field on 11 plays for 72 yards in 3:49 and QB Justin Thomas threw his fourth touchdown pass of the day to give the Jackets the lead with 0:23 left. Georgia Southern tried to march down the field and the game came down to one final Hail Mary in the end zone before the ball hit the dirt and the Yellow Jackets improved to 3-0. Get your Georgia Tech tickets for next week’s game before they are sold out as the Yellow Jackets travel to Virginia Tech to take on the Hokies in Lane Stadium. This game will be the first ACC Coastal game of the season for both teams and should be a closely contested game.
9-8-14: The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets took on the Tulane Green Wave this week on the road at Yulman Stadium. Tech was coming off a balanced attack victory against Wofford where the team passed for 282 yards and ran for 226 yards but had many questioning the team’s defense that allowed 19 points. The defense didn’t do much to stop those questions as Tulane scored twice in the first quarter of this game while Tech got on the board once in the first with a Tim Byerly one yard run for a touchdown. At one point Tulane was leading 21-14 before the Georgia Tech offense took over scoring 24 unanswered points to win the game 38-21. Georgia Tech totally abandoned the throwing game in this contest by only throwing for 15 yards on eight attempts but did run the ball effectively by rushing for 344 yards on 57 attempts and averaging six yards per attempt. Get your Georgia Tech tickets as the Yellow Jackets return home next week to host the Georgia Southern Eagles at 12:00 pm ET on ESPN 3.