Friday, September 22, 2006

Georgia Tech Takes it to Virginia

Georgia Tech 24 Virginia 7 (GT covers, Under)

The Yellow Jackets came out in throwback uniforms from the 1970s, but hardly played like they were behind the times. Calvin Johnson caught two long passes for touchdowns - one on the last possession before halftime and one on the first possession after halftime on his way to 165 receiving yards. The Tech defense rattled redshirt freshman Jameel Sewell allowing only 166 yards of total offense. Tech rushed for just 105 yards on 38 carries, but the total was enough to make the Yellow Jackets 7-1 in their last eight games when out rushing their opponent. Two things you take away from this game are: Reggie Ball finally hit Calvin Johnson in stride and allowed the 6’5” to show his full repertoire of receiver skills and some the penalties the Jackets had in this game will not cut it against teams the caliber of Virginia Tech and Clemson on down the road.

Where do you go from here?
For Georgia Tech, this was somewhat of a statement game for them. They needed to come out and show the rest of the ACC that this was not the Tech teams of old by dominating an inferior opponent from the kickoff. Tech’s offense was good enough to win this game, but the defense played outstanding especially in the first half. Next week is the real test in the ACC though as Tech travels to Blacksburg to face the Hokies of Virginia Tech. The Yellow Jackets were at a similar point last season (3-0) before getting a beat down from Frank Beamer and company 51-7. The winner of this game should be the front-runner for the Coastal Division and would essentially have a two game lead on the other. The Cavaliers will once again need to go back to the drawing board. I thought Sewell showed some good things on the short touchdown drive early in the fourth quarter. Al Groh will more than likely stick with Sewell the rest of the way in order to prepare his future QB for better years to come.

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Season: 12-4 SU, 8-8 ATS, 13-3 O/U

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