The Jackets started the game against Duke with a comedy of errors…
End result? The Jackets put three points on the board in the first quarter rather than the 21 that could have easily been posted.
The second quarter was more of the same…
The Jackets go into the locker room on Senior Day, against Duke, with a 13-6 deficit and I’m thinking to myself that it might have been the most uninspired GT effort I’ve seen in the better part of a decade.
Tech looked horrible! There’s no other way to say it.
The third quarter started off much the same as Tech drove into Duke territory, stalled, and settled for a field goal to make it 13-9.
Duke took the ball and drove 60 yards on the following possession and then things turned when Mario Butler made two huge plays back to back…
First he shot through on a sweep play to cause a six yard loss and then he stepped in front of a Blue Devil receiver on about the 15 yard line, snagged an interception, and raced 85 yards the other direction for a TD and a 16-13 lead for the Jackets.
The Jackets finally started showing signs of life as the defense got off the field in four plays and the offense started leaning on Anthony Allen, who carried the ball five times in a 74 yard drive that led to a Tevin Washington TD and a 23-13 lead for Tech.
Jacket fans were feeling much better after a 17 point third quarter and probably felt like things were finally under control…but then Duke capped off a 74 yard drive with a 37 yard TD pass from former GT commitment Sean Renfree.
It was 23-20 and White and Gold nerves were getting frayed again.
And then…miraculously…three incredible things happened…
The score was 30-20 and the Jackets were able to close the game out en route to becoming bowl eligible for the 14th straight season.
What It Means…
It means that Tech doesn’t have to win in Athens this next weekend in order to become bowl eligible.
It means that the Jackets have extended their streak of .500 or better conference records.
It means that the Jackets have a chance to get to 7-5 (avoiding a slide below Gailey’s worst record) while also sending UGA home for the holidays.
Bowl Eligibility is ALWAYS a “Good Thing”!
Its never (ever!) a bad thing to be bowl eligible.
There is no such thing as a bad bowl.
Clean Old Fashioned Hate?
Yup…its hate week. More on that later…
Right now all I can think is that this GT team has yet to play a complete effort.
And without a complete effort…beating UGA in Athens is a tall task.
Just one closing question…
What’s the Good Word?
- by Chris Boggs, Ramblin’ On Blog