Georgia Tech solved problems on defense. The special-teams unit is still looking for answers.
“It’s like putting your finger in a dyke,” coach Paul Johnson said. “You get one fixed, another one pops.”
After poor special-teams play in recent seasons, Johnson hired David Walkosky to be his first-ever special-teams coordinator in the offseason. The return game has shown flashes and the punt team has been stable, but there has been little consistency. Saturday’s problems were in the kicking game. David Scully had a 22-yard try blocked and then missed a 28-yarder.
He was replaced after making one of three field-goal attempts in Tech’s last game, the Oct. 6 loss against Clemson.
Justin Moore, who took placekicks last year, took over in the second half, making a 32-yarder before missing a 41-yarder and then a point-after try. Johnson said Moore told him that the ball was on the ground when he tried to make the point-after. It was Moore’s first extra-point miss after