Just getting back to the press box. Just like we all thought, eh? A few points and I’ll give up the floor.
1.With its back against the wall, Georgia Tech played the best game of its season. Long drives (Tech had the ball 39 minutes), a smattering of big plays, four forced turnovers, clean special teams.
2. Tevin Washington delivered. He busted runs of 46 and 56 yards, set the school record for rushing yards by a quarterback (176), ran the option effectively and quieted more than a few doubters. Also, Jemea Thomas played out of his mind. Two crucial interceptions, two pass break-ups of long balls, a forced fumble and at least two special teams tackles.
3. Defensive coordinator Al Groh put his trust in his young secondary. Cornerback Louis Young said the Jackets blitzed more than they had in any game previously, putting the secondary in one-on-one situations against Clemson’s fleet wide receivers. It worked, as quarterback Tajh Boyd often got rushed in his throws or flushed out of the pocket. He needed 40 attempts – his season high by 10 throws – to get to 295 yards.