Georgia Tech made some bad mistakes in this game that really should have pushed the game towards a VT victory. TaQuon Marshall threw a horrific pick-six, the offensive line chop blocked which was followed by a missed field goal, the kickoff unit gave up another big return, Tech fumbled twice right into the middle of a bunch of Hokie defenders. For their part, Virginia Tech was unable to take advantage. They somehow managed to gather neither of the fumbles which seemed like certain Hokie recoveries .Three times they let a GT receiver get behind the defense, two of which were connected for long touchdowns. They were driving late and had a 3rd and 1, but inexplicably decided to throw it deep twice despite their run game working solidly. It really came down to Georgia Tech’s defense stepping up and having a very good game.
Jose Alvarado, just seconds after hitting a three to bring the Jackets within 2, was unable to hit another three and a desperation heave by Curtis Haywood also missed as GT fell 63-60. All in all this was not a bad result considering that GT was missing two of their best three players. As expected, this team struggled offensively with the absences of Josh Okogie and Tadric Jackson. Ben Lammers had a huge game offensively, but outside of him and Alvarado the team couldn’t get much going. This team once again shot very poorly from deep. Defensively the team had some trouble getting their assignments right and the confusion led to several baskets. Still, this was a decent result. The scoring issues should improve with the return of Jackson and Okogie and this team should gel as the freshmen (and transfer) get more experience together.
The Yellow Jackets got off to a rocking start by crushing Appalachian State and SC State in their first two games led by the star sophomore guard Francesca Pan. In addition to that the team signed the #7 (7!) recruiting class in the country for 2018. These five recruits are led by Elizabeth Balogun and Elizabeth Dixon, both who rank in the top 20 recruits in the nation. The future is bright for the women’s basketball team.