For long moments Saturday night in Tallahassee, it was possible to believe Willie Martinez isn’t the lesser of the two Division I-A defensive coordinators in Georgia. True, the men of Martinez had yielded 45 points and 472 yards in Knoxville that very afternoon in Knoxville, but the non-work of Dave Wommack’s Georgia Tech D was threatening to set records. (And not the good kind.)
Florida State in the first half against Tech: Five possessions, five touchdowns, 35 points, 403 yards, eight-for-eight on third down. Match that, Willie!
True, Tech played better in the second half: Only nine points and 136 yards yielded. And Tech did win 49-44, which beats the heck out of losing 45-19, which is what Georgia did against Tennessee. But still, a check of the numbers almost makes you long for the golden days of defensive excellence under Kevin Ramsey and Ted Roof.
And there you have it: Tech is worse than Georgia in three of the four major defensive categories, and you’d have to concede that the Bulldogs have played a much tougher schedule. (Three of Georgia’s six opponents are ranked; only one of Tech’s six is.) So I guess what I’m saying is this:
Only is this state would let-receivers-run-free Willie look good by comparison.
And I’m also saying this: Tech and Georgia meet on Nov. 28. Bet the over.