For the next two weeks, From The Rumble Seat will be bringing you the top 10 plays of the 2014 season from the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team. There were plenty to choose from in such a spectacular season, but these are the ones we feel made the cut. Feel free to leave your opinions and let us know at the end if you feel some plays were left out, and maybe we can have an honorable mentions post.
#6 on our list for the top 10 plays from the 2014 season is once again a string of two very similar plays. The beginning of the Georgia Tech - Georgia game did not look promising. The offense wasn't moving like it had been all season, and the Georgia Bulldogs' offense was marching down the field with what seemed like an unstoppable running game. Nothing the Jackets were doing seemed to be slowing down the dogs, and many of us were prepared for a long day. But this Georgia Tech team once again rose to the occasion and made improbable plays to pick themselves up. The two forced fumbles in the first half by Isaiah Johnson and Quayshawn Nealy couldn't have been bigger. If they didn't happen, the good guys would've been down at least 14 points - if not 21 points - and probably pretty deflated and defeated in the locker room at halftime. Instead, two touchdowns were saved, and the Jackets were somehow tied at 7 at the half and came out with a whole different look in the second half.
The Plays: Late in the first quarter, Georgia has the ball down at the goal line with a chance to grab a quick, two-touchdown lead. On 2nd-and-goal, Nick Chubb takes the handoff up the middle and meets Isaiah Johnson in a hurry. Johnson puts his helmet straight on the ball, and Tyler Marcordes recovers it to force a huge turnover. Many dog fans liked to say it was an unlucky play for Chubb, but in reality, Johnson made a textbook play to put the helmet on the ball in that situation.
About 12 minutes later, Georgia once again has the ball in Tech territory with a chance to score before halftime to get a two-score lead. Sony Michel takes a toss to the right side and appears to have enough space to get in the corner of the end zone. Quayshawn Nealy has different plans. Nealy hustles across the field to strip the reaching Michel and the ball squirts out right at the goal line. Johnson recovers it in the end zone for a touchback, and the Jackets take the ball all the way down the field before the half to score the tying touchdown. Once again, a Tech defender made the perfect play to save a touchdown, and they were suddenly right back to even going into halftime. These plays were monumental in shifting position, and gave Tech the opportunity to turn things around and create one of the best games we've ever seen.
If you can't get enough of this game, don't worry. You'll be seeing more of it later on in the segment.
What do you think about this play? Is it ranked too high? Too low?