Tech Loss A Tale of Two Fumbles
A Tale of Two Fumbles
Sure, ultimately, the Hurricanes simply beat the Yellow Jackets in all phases of the game en route to a 35-10 victory.
But I thought the Tech hopes in this game hinged and turned on two fumbles that occured while the game was still in doubt:
- The fumbled kick return that GT recovered deep in Miami territory, only to be told that “forward progress” had been stopped before loss of possession. Rather than possession in the shadow of Miami’s goal post, the Jackets wound up on defense.
- The fumbled pitch on the Miami 6 yard line while the score was 21-10. A touchdown there would have made it 21-17. Instead Miami marched 84 yards on 11 plays and made the score 28-10 to put things out of reach.
Those two fumbles are a great example of the breaks that just haven’t gone our way in 2010…breaks that DID go our way in 2009 en route to the ACC title game.
- Perfect Weather…mid 60s…cloudless sky…no wind…one of “those days” that reminds you why you love college football game days.
- 308 yards rushing by the Jackets with big contributions from Tevin Washington and Orwin Smith.
- Washington completed 7 passes to 5 different players and looked pretty good overall accounting for 241 all purpose yards.
- Kudos to Kevin Cone!
- The Jackets were near 50% (7 of 15) on third down conversion, which was an improvement from previous efforts this season.
- The Jackets maintained a 6 minute time of possession advantage…typically a stat that leads to a win.
- While the offense played well enough to win, with a few breaks going the other way, the defense regressed from the effort at Virginia Tech giving up 507 yards of offense to a true freshman QB who was making his first start on the road.
- The offensive line continues to struggle with blocking.
- We still have some wide receivers who struggle to make plays on catchable balls.
- How does Leonard Hankerson, the best receiver in the conference, find himself alone and uncovered right after the Jackets have scored to pull within striking distance?
Well…next…we play 3-7 (1-5) Duke at home. And we need to win to get bowl eligible.
The Blue Devils have no running game worth mentioning and only have wins over Elon, Navy, and Virginia this season.
But…they have taken Boston College and Maryland to the wire and played Miami tougher than we just did.
Sean Renfree (a GT commitment before Gailey was replaced with Johnson) has thrown for 2200+ yards and 12 touchdowns as a sophomore.
The Jackets will need to stop the run, force Renfree to throw, and capitalize on his mistakes…Renfree has thrown 15 INTs this season.