It was said that Mark Richt was comfortably undefeated at Bobby Dodd Stadium between his stint at Georgia and his current run with Miami. Well, that (9-0) record is now (9-1) as Miami fell to the Yellow Jackets last night 27-21.
Now (6-4) after winning their third straight game, Georgia Tech is going bowling after Miami’s fumble-filled meltdown at Grant Field. For Georgia Tech, this means renewed spirits, confidence heading into the final stretch of the season, and knowing the past three times they faced Georgia away, the games ended in their favor. For Miami, they’ve now lost three straight games, they still haven’t reached bowl eligibility (with just two chances left), they won’t be defending their Coastal Divison title, and will definitely not be going to the ACC Championship.
But naming Miami’s shortcomings are not at all to discredit the hard work and dominant performance that Georgia Tech put on.
Georgia Tech quarterback and co-captain TaQuon Marshall scored three of Georgia Tech’s touchdowns while throwing for 73 yards (1 TD) and rushing for 92 (2 TD’s).
- Georgia Tech moved to 6-4 on the season at 4-3 in Atlantic Coast Conference play.
- Georgia Tech became bowl eligible for the 20thtime in the last 22 seasons.
- Georgia Tech ensured that it will finish .500 or better in ACC play for the 23rdtime in the last 24 seasons.
- The win was Georgia Tech’s third-straight, good for its longest winning streak since it won four games in a row to close the 2016 season.
- Georgia Tech snapped a three-game losing streak against Miami and beat the Hurricanes for the third time in head coach Paul Johnson’s 11 seasons with the Yellow Jackets.
- Georgia Tech evened the all-time series versus Miami at 12-12.
- Georgia Tech won for the 11thtime in its last 14 home games.
- The win was Georgia Tech’s fourth in its last five annual Whiteout games at Bobby Dodd Stadium.
- Georgia Tech scored 13 points off Miami’s three turnovers.
The difference came in the third quarter where the Hurricanes couldn’t find a response to Georgia Tech’s offense. The Yellow Jackets notched a crucial 10 points while Miami wouldn’t see the board again until the fourth quarter.
If there are any takeaways from last night’s ACC clash it’s that you can never count Georgia Tech out. Ever. That and maybe, perhaps… Your life would be better if had a Calvin Johnson bobblehead.
The Jackets return to Grant Field to take on the Cavaliers of Virginia Saturday, Nov. 18. at 3:30 p.m.
Photo: Hakim Wright