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Georgia Tech vs. Vanderbilt: Halftime Report

The Yellow Jackets are leading, and that's a good thing.

Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

We're through one half at Bobby Dodd Stadium ... and so far, so good for Georgia Tech.

The offense exploded out of the gates with an 81-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Marshall. After one quarter, the Jackets had 164 total yards and led 14-7.

The second quarter was a different story. Penalties plagued the offense, and despite the defense picking up its play, Tech managed just one field goal right before the half.

Things to watch for

  • The dive play has had some pretty good success at times today. For what I believe to be the first time all season, Tech ran three consecutive dive plays for a first down on the second touchdown drive. As the Vandy defense potential gets fatigued in the second half, look for Johnson to go to Mills fairly often.
  • Zach Cunningham began to make some big plays in the second quarter. Vandy's star middle linebacker is the type of player than can single-handedly give the option some huge problems. It'll be crucial to get a hat on him in the second half.
  • Once again, the defense played mediocre but limited the Commodores to just seven points. The first quarter was fairly ugly with a ton of soft zone and bad coverage from some of the DB's. The front seven has been very solid against the run. In the second quarter, Roof began to bring some pressure and the DB's got in more press coverage, and it worked. Let's hope to see more of that in the second half.

Stay tuned for more!