Geoff Collins' first season at Georgia Tech began with his team trailing 28-0 after half. It was so at Clemson, so there was no wholesale person there. Six weeks later, the Yellow Jackets were pulling 38-14 at half-time in Durham, but recently the series is at Duke, so there's nothing new there. But one of ACC, Coast Tech opponent, was coming, although he was under different management, and that Bobby Dodd Stadium came on Saturday.
Score Halftime: Virginia Tech 31, Georgia Tech 0.
The day will come – I understand – when we can write about Georgia Tech without Paul Johnson to mention, but the first post-PJ GT team is 2-8 and among the worst Power5 aggregates in the ground. This is important. By Johnson, Virginia Tech was beaten by Virginia Jack three years and four times in five. For more than ten years, Tech-Tech was always competitive game. This time, no.
The final score: Virginia Tech 45, Georgia Tech 0.
Said Collins: “This was the first game at scenic level… A primary graduate was playing a role that they didn't have to play.” T
The game closes for five minutes, so the visitors realized that they could do as they were happy against protecting the jackets, which were the best of a terrible season. Run it, throw it, there was no question. Georgia Tech could not stop anything, and these Hokies will not be confused with Michael Vick or even Tyrod Taylor teams. Virginia Tech entered 6-3 and was not issued. He left off when he gave the first victory in four attempts on GT.
And to think: Pregame says buzz, as it was, that Georgia Tech was playing better. He was not lost with more than 10 points from October 12, four games ago, and he won way Miami somehow, Manny Diaz could be fired if he had not been hired. The jackets hung around last week against Virginia, who leads the Coast Division, and if you can hang it in Charlottesville, there was no real reason that Virginia Tech did not sweat in the A-T-L.
Tyler Davis said firmly: “We felt we were guiding in the right direction.”
But no. There were three debits at Virginia Tech before Georgia Tech managed to manage the first time. In addition, 10:42 came to an end before half time, and the 21-0 jackets abandoned. The Hokies were scored on their second, third and fourth spell holdings, rolling 71, 77 and 69 yards. Collins defends it as “4-2-5-based” – hey, he says on the flip card! – just to look at these three drives two things were missing. On the Jackets decided to protect them with seven men? And if this was an attempt, how would defense protection based on languor look?
All Georgia's turnover was missing from this depression. That came immediately. Quarterback James Graham, who wants to spend the first time down from his 2, launched into the final zone and passed towards a large crowd of Hokies. Caleb Farley scored and scored. Now it was 28-0, still with a lot of time to half. Virginia Tech then forced Graham to end that defensive leg, Tyjuan Garbutt should come forward at the 3, but he didn't mind the TD gift.
By this time the Hokies were declining. Perhaps they scored on another landing before the half, but the jackets made the third defense and the goal to Hendon Hooker quarterback – Defend Blacksburg, if so. His goal-field made it 31-zip.
Half of them finally finished, and I thank heaven for that, and Virginia Tech reminding his opponent 299-48, and that was the Hokies taking a knee and losing three yards at the final stage. Georgia Tech worked 30 minutes and it impressed many men (Christian Campbell to focus on pound return) as he did first lowered (the only one still). Holy Mackerel.
The third quarter started with Collins trying to kick on the other side. It didn't work. Graham spent another interception. Virginia Tech scored a few others. The clock running for the rest of the game – the rest of the Jackets season – did not have a bad opinion – although this is very sharp. Perhaps Georgia Tech would have a chance to meet with the State of North Carolina here Thursday, which could mean that the 3-9 Jackets could be left. (Do you not see them Georgia, are you?)
Of these Jackets practices before this break, Collins said: “We are still working on the basics, technique, getting better in all aspects of the program.”
What does he say? “We are all too concentrated in every game, and it is surprising that we won twice”? Johnson's final team was 7-6, and we all knew that the move from his choice would be scattered until such time as Collins wanted him to run. We also knew that Johnson left the whole talent chest just bare. We say for a million times: His contribution always made dangerous dangers, but his balances in a different system were not suitable to break.
Example: Tobias Oliver received 876 yards as a reserve reserve under Johnson, 215 coming to a peak in Blacksburg when TaQuon Marshall was injured. Oliver started this season as Tech quarter. He is now a receiver who returns to kickoffs too. Different coaches, different schemes, different world.
Still, I'm not sure anyone wants 2-8. Going into Saturday's game, Georgia Tech was ranked in 119th in scoring and rushing approved yards; 120 in a run yard; A total of 121 yards were received, and 82 in points. It was over 75th in one category – passing over yards. It was No. 95 in the ESPN Football Power Index. There were only four worse Power 5 teams: Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Kansas and Rutgers. Two have lit their coach.
Collins has no danger of canning. Heck, he just got here. Its first full recruitment class should have been the best part of Tech since 2007 under Chan Gailey. There will be better days for this coach and for this program. Then again it is difficult to imagine worse.
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