The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (3-8, 1-7 ACC) came out firing on all cylinders against the Miami Hurricanes (7-4, 4-3 ACC). The wheels came off almost immediately after that.
Tech started the game holding the Hurricanes to a 3 and out on defense and scoring on a 6-play, 62 yard drive that looked too easy. Turns out it was, as Justin Thomas was injured on the drive and did not return. It was all downhill from there, as the Hurricanes went on a run of 31 points that went unanswered until the Jackets broke the streak in the fourth quarter.
The Canes had plenty of help from the Tech offense. After Miami tied the score at 7, backup quarterback Matthew Jordan fumbled inside the Canes' 5 yard line, setting up a 97 yard Miami touchdown drive. On Tech's next drive, Patrick Skov fumbled the ball after making the first down, an opportunity Miami cashed in for an immediate six points. To make matters even worse, Ryan Rodwell shanked a punt at the end of the first half, giving the Hurricanes a short field and allowing them to kick a school record 57 yard field goal. Yes, two schools have kicked a school record long field goal against Tech in a single season.
Tech didn't have any answers on the other side of halftime, either. Jordan threw a bad pass that was picked off by Corn Elder and returned for 60 yards. The Tech defense managed to force a punt from Miami, but on their very next play Brad Stewart threw an even worse pass on a reverse that was also intercepted by Elder. The Hurricanes cashed that one in for a touchdown as well.
Lightning caused the game to be suspended late in the third quarter. Calling the game at that point would have been a mercy killing, but it was not to be. Upon returning to play, Jordan fumbled the ball twice in three plays. The Jackets recovered both times, but these were two of nine Tech fumbles on the day.
By the time Tech reached the endzone again, with ten minutes remaining, the game had become purely academic. The nine fumbles and injuries - along with Thomas, TaQuon Marshall and Marcus Allen went out early and did not return - had already sealed Tech's fate. The loss left Tech with one conference win and zero road wins on the season.
The Jackets look to salvage something from the season next week as Georgia rolls in for Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate. The Bulldogs are likely to be heavy favorites, but the series is known for defying expectations, so a Tech upset would be far from inconceivable. It's all we've got at this point.