Apologies for the late blog…spent the weekend down in Tampa with family…only my second missed home game in about a decade but well worth it.
Overall, its hard to complain about a 42-14 home victory…especially when you win the first half, dominate the third quarter convincingly, and then play your backups for the majority of the fourth quarter.
The Jackets running game was working well enough that only a Jackets penalty or fumble stopped Nesbitt from moving the team at will and the passing game was very close to breaking out, stopped only by a handful of drops and a questionable offensive pass interference call. It seemed obvious that Paul Johnson wanted to air things out a bit and give our upcoming conference rivals something to think about.
Defensively we still seem to be progressing. We played aggressively and were able to apply quarterback pressure and force turnovers. Julian Burnett looks like the answer at one inside linebacker spot and Jerrard Tarrant continues to make plays at his safety position. I’m curious to see how we perform this coming weekend against Clemson. While Dasher might arguably be more dangerous than Parker right now, the Tigers have a better supporting cast amongst their skill players.
The next three games could be a bumpy ride. As Doug Roberson reports, things now begin in earnest with ACC title game implications hanging on each result.
I’ve got tickets for this weekend’s Clemson game and plan to make the drive up. A 3:30pm EST kickoff is ideal for GT fans who want to drive up early, get in a little tailgating before the game, and still be able to make it home before it gets so late that you’re nodding off at the wheel.
Clemson is one of my favorite road trips…close enough to drive, great tailgating, quality fans, and a rivalry that always figures to be a tight contest. I strongly suggest any GT fans who are on the fence about making the trip grab tickets and head up there. This game is huge.