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Technical Tidbits 1/2: Jackets win SEC East, Thomas wraps up career with second bowl win

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We want ‘Bama! (No we don’t!)

NCAA Football: TaxSlayer Bowl-Kentucky vs Georgia Tech Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia Tech completed a perfect 3-0 season sweep of the almighty SEC over the weekend, downing the Kentucky Wildcats by a final score of 33-18 at Jacksonville’s EverBank Field. The win means that Tech is now 5-1 against the SEC since the start of the 2014 season, with two wins over Georgia and one apiece over Vanderbilt, Kentucky, and Mississippi State; the only loss was the 13-7 defeat in 2015’s Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate matchup. As for this season’s TaxSlayer Bowl, it was all Tech from the early goings when the Jackets recovered a fumble from Wildcats quarterback Stephen Johnson and returned it for a touchdown on the first drive of the game. The defense looked excellent in the first quarter, getting consistent pressure and shutting down the UK offense pretty consistently, but fell apart just a tad as the game went on. When all was said and done, Ted Roof’s unit gave up north of 300 yards yet again but held the scoring in check quite nicely. Tech finishes 9-4 on the season, just a few plays away from 10-4.

Yep, many a tear was shed on that day by Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops. There’s also this, courtesy of the replies to the tweet above:

Don’t you hate it when knee injuries cause complex neurological damage and occasionally eventual death? Calm down with your sissy little headaches and focus on what really matters.

North Carolina’s basketball team walked into a buzz saw that no one knew existed on Saturday, suffering defeat at the hands of Georgia Tech by a final score of 75-63 at McCamish Pavilion. The Tar Heels were ranked No. 9 nationally before the embarrassing loss, making this game one of the best wins of Josh Pastner’s entire coaching career and the most impressive Tech win since your pick of Brian Gregory’s two signature wins: over Miami in 2012 and Syracuse in 2014. If he retired right now, Pastner’s 100% winning percentage would be the best in ACC history. How do you like that, Roy Williams? Multiple UNC players were quoted after the game as saying that they were tired and unprepared for the matchup after spending countless hours studying for their rigorous Afro and African-American Studies course.

Florida State made the conference proud over the weekend, toppling No. 6 Michigan in the Orange Bowl by a final score of 33-32 in what was the first of two huge wins by ACC schools over the top-tier B1G powerhouses (more on that tomorrow!). If you ask the national media or any Michigan fan, every point allowed and every point not scored by Michigan came about because starting safety/overrated offensive player Jabrill Peppers was out for the game. Wow! A whole 170 yards from scrimmage this year? The Wolverines would’ve won 70-0 if he’d played!