The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets became the first bowl eligible team of 2011 as they defeated the Maryland Terrapins 21-16. The move into bowl eligibility is an illustration of the amount of improvement Tech has made since last year when they had to depend on the second to last game of the season against the Duke to get that 6th win. If last year's squad was playing yesterday, we would have lost that game.
Offensively, we were off, again. For two weeks in a row the attack hasn't been able to be a 100% and full effort. Throws seemed to be just beyond the receiver's hands or just short, into the ground. It also looked like reads were being missed which resulted in bad decisions being made with the football. Tech didn't score in the final 27 minutes of the game. In his press conference, Paul Johnson was clearly miffed at the offense's performance.
"We didn't do a very good job coaching this week...pretty evident to me."
-Paul Johnson (via Ken Sugiura)
The victory goes to the defense. Though the Terrapins ran for 246 yards, a high majority of those yards were accumulated in between the 20's. Maryland could only score 10 points, a touchdown and a field goal, out of a grand total of four trips in the red zone. When inside that area, the offense looked confused and discombobulated. While some of that confusion lays at the feet of the incompetence of the Maryland quarterbacks, credit definitely goes to Al Groh's squad for staying strong and forcing the Terrapins to make bad decisions.
The Georgia Tech schedule only gets more interesting as we continue to move into the second-half of the football schedule (Are we really already half way through the season?) as the Yellow Jackets play at Virginia, at Miami, and then host hopefully the biggest game of the season at the end of the month, the Clemson Tigers.
These are all my thoughts before re-watching the game which will happen later this afternoon. What did you think of yesterday's performance?