Jackets Fail in All Phases of Game, Lose
So…how do you lose to a Kansas Jayhawks team that just lost to North Dakota State?
You fail in all phases of the game…that’s how.
- 4 of 13 on third down conversions, including a fumble on third and 2 just outside field goal range at the end of the game. Convert the first down on that play and you’re likely going to score and tie things up in spite of all the other failures.
- 5 of 15 passing for 116 yards. About 80 of those yards occured on the last scoring drive that pulled the Jackets within three points of tying things up. Dropped passes and poor throws seemed to be the preference today. These were most evident on the last GT drive of the second quarter as Nesbitt first overthrew a WIDE OPEN Embry Peeples before having Stephen Hill drop a ball in the endzone that hit him right in the stomach. Those two miscues resulted in four points being left on the field…in a game that was ultimately won by a three point margin.
- Failure to account for #45 on the Kansas defense during the first half. Justin Springer was a man on a mission in the first half and almost single handedly seemed to shut down the Tech offense.
- 6 of 15 on third down conversions for Kansas. The Jackets failed to get off the field multiple times when Kansas was in a third and long situation. A few times, Kansas made a play. But in the fourth quarter, the Jackets assisted the Jayhawks with a questionable roughing the passer penalty. The Jayhawks followed that penalty with a 32 yard TD play that showcased about five missed tackles by the Tech D.
- Speaking of missed tackles. I got a little weary of watching the Kansas runners step through or jump out of tackles to get extra yardage.
- Allowing 320 yards of total offense isn’t horrible against a BCS opponent, but you can’t let a redshirt freshman replacement QB go 18 of 30 for three TDs.
Special Teams Fails:
- After scoring the first TD of the game, the Jackets promptly kicked the ensuing kick off out of bounds. Kansas took over at their 40 and scored an answering TD.
- After forcing a Kansas punt from their own 38 yard line in the third quarter, the Jackets roughed the kicker and kept their drive alive. Rather than forcing the Jayhawks to kick out of the shadow of their own goal post, Tech had to rely on a freakish interception by Kyle Jackson and took over possession at the GT 32. Again…field position…
- Also in the third quarter, GT punts the ball 13 yards from the Jacket 15. KU takes over at the GT 28 and scores a TD five plays later.
So…is there anything to feel good about?
Besides the fact that some of our rival teams had a tougher day than we did, UGA lost 17-6 & the Hokies are losing to James Madison, I’m not really sure.
We lost because of boneheaded mistakes, in my opinion…penalties and special teams screw ups than can be remedied.
And ultimately, this is an out of conference loss…so the ACC title is still in play.
I’m off to watch FSU vs Oklahoma. If the ‘Noles win at least my wife will be happy and the weekend won’t be a total loss.