Defense Delivers, Jackets 30 UNC 24
After giving up three long scoring drives and 17 points in the first half, the Georgia Tech defense rallied with adjustments and youth to stiffen up and hold the Tar Heels to just seven second half points in a tough, gritty win.
- The Jackets secured a crucial ACC conference win on the road in Chapel Hill…a location which has been a house of horrors for GT in the past.
- The Jackets gained 372 rushing yards en route to a ten minute advantage in time of possession (35 vs 25 minutes).
- Anthony Allen played an active role (20 carries for 115 yards) in this win, as the Jackets were able to gash the Heels on the dive play.
- The patented Paul Johnson Death March to end the second quarter…20 plays, 87 yards, 10 minutes and 32 seconds…awesome!
- The GT receivers caught the balls that were thrown to them, forcing the UNC defense to at least respect the prospect of a pass.
- Perimeter blocking by the a-backs and wide receivers was excellent, allowing for good yards on the edge.
- Brandon Watts, Julian Burnett, and Jeremiah Attaochu were impact players in the second half.
- TJ Barnes and Izaan Cross had huge games on the defensive line.
- Tackling was improved, effort was improved, and defensive adjustments were evident as Groh did what he had to do to slow down TJ Yates and the UNC offense.
- The first half defense was horrible as UNC seemed to move the ball at will on both the ground and through the air.
- Certain players continue to be pushed around on defense. This resulted in young players entering the game in the second half.
- Yates was allowed to complete 18 of 25 pass attempts. That’s 72% and way too successful.
- Tech committed seven penalties for 50 yards.
- UNC was 50% on third down conversions and perfect in the red zone.
- The offense stumbled badly in the third quarter, killing two good looking drives with bobbled pitches.
- On fourth and inches, in a critical situation, the Jackets try to get cute with motion in their offensive alignment and an offensive lineman jumps early.
- UNC averaged 6.2 yards per play. If the GT offense had been unable to soak up so much time of possession things might have gotten ugly.
Ultimately, at the end of the day, Mark Bradley is correct…the Jackets finally played like the Georgia Tech team we’ve come to know and love.
There was no lack of toughness…no lack of effort…no lack of aggressiveness…no lack of desire.
The offense displayed calm confidence with the game on the line and weathered a string of mishaps which might have broken a weaker team.
The defense fought, scrapped, adjusted, and ultimately won the day in the second half by holding the Heels scoreless on their last five possessions.
The Jackets are 1-0 in the ACC now, which is all that matters until that last game against our in-state rival.
Now we get ready for a North Carolina State squad which has looked good. More on that later in the week…