According to one of the guys on the GT message boards, “Ugly doesn’t show up in the Ws and Ls.”
That’s true…thankfully. It means we can put this game behind us and move forward at 3-2 even though there’s not much to feel good about.
I spent the first three quarters of this game wondering to myself if I might be witnessing the worst exhibition of GT football in the past decade.
On offense we couldn’t block anyone, we couldn’t run the ball, and we couldn’t catch anything. Wake Forest defenders were in Nesbitt’s back pocket just about every snap and several catchable balls were dropped. The offense looked lethargic and distracted. It was obvious that something wasn’t right.
Luckily, defensively, the Jackets only had to face Wake Forest’s fourth string QB. That allowed Groh’s unit to hold the Deacons to 11 first downs and a measly 268 total yards of offense. It also allowed the Jackets to stay within striking distance as they slept walk through the first 45 minutes of football in Winston Salem.
Going into the fourth quarter I found myself wondering if Coach Johnson needed to put Tevin Washington on the field…but then Josh Nesbitt seemed to wake up and shake off the poor blocking and lack of help from his fellow running backs. He picked the team up on his shoulders and willed the Jackets to an 18 point fourth quarter.
Three scoring drives in the fourth quarter covered 61, 62, and 69 yards…culminating with a nine yard strike to Corey Earls while just 15 ticks remained on the clock.
So what positive can we take from this win?
It may well be the fact that Nesbitt completed passes to eight (8!) different players. Recently he hasn’t completed eight passes, much less thrown to eight different guys.
So that’s the positive I’ll focus on.
If Nesbitt can spread the ball around and get the passing game going, like he did in the fourth quarter, then the running game will open up.
But that’s also contingent on the wide receivers catching well thrown balls and occasionally making a play on a poorly thrown ball…
Maybe this most recent fourth quarter will be a turning point for the offense. I’d sure like to see Earls snag a few more TDs…