The next time senior kicker Harrison Butker puts one through the uprights, he will have broken his tie with former kicker Luke Manget for first place in scoring at Georgia Tech. This is a story-line we’ve been following for a number of weeks now, and this weekend could — and should — finally be the day we see a new all-time scoring leader on the Flats. If Kentucky shuts out Tech in this game, something will have gone so wrong it’s not even funny. The Quick Lane Bowl just ended with a 36-point performance from Boston College of all teams; bowl season exists for breaking offensive records. I see no reason why Tech’s game should be any different for Harrison Butker.
We have officially hit the one month anniversary of Georgia Tech’s 28-27 victory over rival Georgia and the feeling remains just as fresh for both fans of the team and the true architects behind the victory, Tech’s players. In the article above, Andy Demetra was able to get an inside perspective from Qua Searcy on what his miraculous leap meant to him both at the time and in the days since. As it turns out, beating a rival in such exciting fashion will garner you quite a bit of praise around the state — Searcy has been approached for autographs and was even brought backstage at a middle school theater production for his efforts on the field. It’s also worth noting that of the three people that live in his apartment, Lance Austin, Lawrence Austin, and himself, only Lawrence doesn’t have a signature game-winning play. He’s due.
Though Kentucky has found success as a ground-and-pound team under Mark Stoops, the Wildcats also boast a passing attack which has flown under the radar all season long and which could be a major thorn in the side of Ted Roof this weekend. Tech was trending the right way in terms of wins and losses as the regular season drew to a close, but the same can hardly be said for the defense. Going 3-0 versus the SEC East would be quite an accomplishment for Paul Johnson and company as well as an excellent way to send off Justin Thomas and the rest of the senior class, but we will have to see a completely different defense take the field for that to happen comfortably. I have a hunch that Roof’s unit makes that jump and builds momentum for next season, but we’ll have to see if he can hold off a balanced Kentucky attack before we’ll know for sure.
Bowl season means an opportunity for everyone to show their #goacc pride by cheering on everyone from the conference in their respective games. As of now, Boston College has beaten Maryland and NC State has played Vanderbilt. That last part is vague because the game is currently still in progress as of the time I’m writing this, but it’s looking promising at the half!
12-0, here we come! (Unless Kyle Shurmur threw a game-winning Hail Mary or something.)