The “Q Score” for defensive coordinator Al Groh might not be particularly high among the Georgia Tech fan base following last week’s 28-25 loss at Kansas. But here’s some news: They’re fearing Groh up in Chapel Hill.
North Carolina quarterback T.J. Yates, who threw for 412 yards and three touchdowns in the Tar Heels’ opening game against LSU, was smothered by Groh’s defense in a 16-3 home loss to Virginia last season (20 for 36, 135 yards, zero touchdowns, two interceptions).
Yates told the Raleigh News & Observer that the game was an “all-around nightmare.”
In a story under the headline, “Heels: Oh no, it’s Groh,” Yates was quoted as saying: “We couldn’t pass the ball, we couldn’t run the ball, we couldn’t protect. It was bad all over.”
Groh went 7-2 against North Carolina in his nine seasons at Virginia. He was 3-0 against current coach Butch Davis. According to the News & Observer, under Davis and offensive coordinator John Shoop, North Carolina averaged 12 points and 88 yards rushing yards against Virginia, but 25.2 points and 118 yards against other opponents
Quoting Shoop: “Coach Groh is a fantastic coach, and one of the things he does best is create some chaos. We have to identify what they are giving us early.”
Quoting Heels tight end Zach Pianalto: “It’s a totally different animal. It changes everything, from protection schemes, running plays, and it can really mess you up.”
The Jawhawks didn’t look too “messed up” in Lawrence. I would imagine the Tar Heels have been studying that game tape.
So do you think Groh and Tech’s defense bounce back this week?
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