Kevin Liles-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire
Poor tackling and low energy result in a disappointing afternoon on the Flats for the Yellow Jackets.
For the second week in a row, Georgia Tech has lost to a team as a result of poor execution across the board. Tackles were missed early and often as the defense didn't have an answer for MTSU's rushing attack. The offense struggled to establish any sense of rhythm or momentum, largely a result of a one-dimensional attack considering Tevin Washington's struggles with passing. The team came out flat overall, short on energy and playing an uninspired game overall.
The first half saw MTSU answer a Georgia Tech touchdown (following an interception) with two touchdowns of their own to take a 14-7 lead. Tech spent the rest of the first half playing catchup, tying the game at 14 and again at 21 following another MTSU score. You just knew that the locker room at halftime would be a little bit short of a party. At that point, the Blue Raiders had outgained Tech by over 100 yards and had yet to punt (to make it better, they had converted 6 of 8 third downs and the only fourth down they went for). Meanwhile, Georgia Tech had lost 2 fumbles, thrown an interception, and been generally unable to get their offense going.
Things that went badly for Georgia Tech in the first half got much worse in the second. Where the defense once couldn't get off the field on third down, in the second half they couldn't even force a third down (MTSU only had 3 third downs the entire second half) as they gave up 28 more points. The offense continued sputtering, with 7 second half drives ending as follows: Punt, Fumble, Turnover on Downs, Touchdown, Interception, Turnover on Downs, End of Game.
It was a very disappointing and frustrating afternoon for a team that two weeks ago had high hopes and hadn't ruled out an appearance in the ACC Championship Game. Now, Tech fans are left scratching their heads, wondering if the Yellow Jackets can get themselves out of this downward spiral they seem to be in. Unfortunately though, with a game at Clemson to come next week, things don't look as though they'll get much better any time soon.