In the drivers seat, Tech takes on Vandy

by admin on October 30, 2009

Go Georgia Tech!

Go Georgia Tech!

Tech ended another long losing streak by winning at Virginia for the first time since 1990.  We got off to a slow start on a rain soaked field, but eventually wore down the UVA defense in the second half.  Our first drive of the third quarter was nearly 11 minutes long and resulted in a touchdown.  There is no better defense than keeping the opposing offense sitting on a wet bench.  UVA could only muster three field goals, which meant that their fans sang Auld Lang Syne only eight times.

Since Miami lost to Clemson last weekend, Tech is in the driver’s seat to win the Coastal Division.  With wins at Duke and against Wake Forest in November, we would lock up a trip to the ACC Championship game in Tampa.  Before we head to Duke, we will drive up to Nashville for a game against the Vanderbilt Commodores on Halloween night.

Vandy’s record is not particularly impressive this season, but they recently gave South Carolina all they could handle before losing at the end.  Commodore running back Warren Norman has played well this season.  He leads the SEC in all purpose yards and has returned two kickoffs for touchdowns.  That is not good news for our special teams which has struggled throughout the season.  If I had to make a positive statement about our special teams, I would say that our kicker is an excellent tackler.  Nobody wraps up like Scott Blair.  Let’s hope we don’t need his tackling prowess on Saturday.

Prediction: Coach Paul Johnson recently addressed a question regarding the importance of this game.  Technically, this game has no effect on our chances of reaching the Orange Bowl.  He noted that the SEC is highly regarded throughout the country, and we need to do well.  He is correct.  The ACC is scorned every weekend unless Florida State and/or Miami are at the top.  A loss to Vandy would only add to the nationwide disdain for ACC football.  I should probably put the thesaurus down.  GT 38-13.

Damn Glad!

Tom Oliver
KD 804

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