Editor's Note: Sorry about the tardiness on this post. I was going to write when I got home last night, but it was rather late, and I passed out (exhaustion, not drunkenness for those wondering).
After going into halftime tied at 14 apiece, it looked like it would be a very close game all the way down to the end of it. To an extent, it was, but also to an extent, it really wasn't.
Coming out of the locker room after halftime, Georgia Tech received the opening kickoff and started working down the field. In a methodical 13-play, 75-yard drive that ate up 6:50 off the clock, the Jackets scored their third touchdown of the game and took their first lead.
Miami would turn around and score on their own long methodical drive that spanned 10 plays, 71 yards and 4:45. They would only get a field goal, however, and that would be Miami's final score of the game.
Starting with 3:50 left in the third quarter, the Jackets got the ball back again. And they did what they do best: methodical, spirit-killing drives. In another 13-play, 75-yard drive, the Jackets scored again, making it a two-score difference. This drive took off nearly another seven minutes.
After a short Miami drive that resulted in a punt, the Jackets got back to work again. This drive only lasted nine plays and only went for 27 yards before they were forced to punt, but the Jackets ran another 5:40 off the clock, leaving Miami only 3:37 to score twice.
As Miami started moving down the field, the clock continued to run. The Canes went over 70 yards in nine plays until Brad Kaaya dropped back to make one final pass. The Canes were inside the 10-yard line and oh so close to scoring. Brad Kaaya dropped back to make what looked like a touchdown pass, but Jamal Golden jumped the route and intercepted the pass to seal the victory for the Jackets.
It was a very Paul Johnson-y game. By that, I mean that they ran the ball early and often, compiling over 300 yards and eating up over 40 minutes of clock. Johnson's responded on stopping Miami's speed on offense: "How do you neutralize (Miami's speed)? You hold the ball for 40 minutes, 45 seconds, and they don't get it, and they're not out there. That's the best way to play a team like that, is to keep them off the field."
With this win, the Jackets jumped into the top 25 in both the AP and Coaches' Polls, 22 and 23 respectively.
We're 5-0, and at this point, CPJ's job looks safe after speculation of him being on the hot seat prior to the season. Do y'all feel as good as I do at this point?