I’ll be back with a column on Georgia Tech’s 37-17 victory over Boston College shortly. Until then, here are my three “Quick Hits” on the game:
1. POST-GROH PROGRESS REPORT: OK. Don’t get too excited. Boston College entered the game ranked 79th nationally in total offense and 84th in scoring. And it looked the part. But the Jackets appeared far less confused for most of four quarters after allowing 42, 49 and 47 points in the previous three games (all losses), which led to Al Groh’s firing. Boston College was held to a lone field goal in its first eight possessions before scoring two second-half touchdowns. So, alas, Tech had some movement in the right direction.
2. VAD LEE MAKES HIS CASE: If redshirt freshman quarterback Vad Lee wasn’t ready for significant playing time before, he certainly seems to be now. Tech might even have itself a little quarterback controversy. On consecutive second-quarter possessions, Lee made four Boston College defenders miss on a third-and-11, 24-yard touchdown run, and then threw a 45-yard strike to wide receiver Anthony Autry for another TD. Starter Tevin Washington looked OK but not great, missing a couple of open receivers.
3. PAUL JOHNSON: NOT AN IDIOT: Look, I don’t find the run-option offense the most exciting thing in the world, either. But for Johnson to get ripped for his offense every time the Jackets lose a game is just silly. When Tech losses, it’s because of its defense 90 percent of the time. The Jackets could do almost anything they wanted on offense early against Boston College (except successfully execute kick a field goal). They had over 400 yards in offense by halftime and their first seven possessions resulted in four touchdowns, a blocked field goal, a missed field goal and — finally! — a made field goal.
- Jeff Schultz