Georgia Tech opened ACC play in dominant fashion over the weekend, capitalizing on a putrid overall showing by Pittsburgh to improve to 2-1 on the season and 1-0 in conference play. Not even some more kicking magic from Pitt could stop what ended up being one of the finest performances yet from a Ted Roof defense at Tech — the Panthers finished with a pedestrian 235 yards compared to 484 for the Jackets. If you need further convincing that Tech dominated the game, look no further than the turnover margin at Pitt +3. To lose that many possessions and still win by three scores serves as a testament to both the saltiness of the defense and the efficacy of the offense, barring the four lost fumbles of course.
A quieter storyline from the game is that starting B-Back KirVonte Benson actually broke the B-Back rushing record for the decade-long Paul Johnson era, topping Anthony Allen’s record of 195 by a single yard. It was a phenomenal showing by the redshirt sophomore, who has helped the Tech offense to not skip a beat following the dismissal of Dedrick Mills prior to the season. Pitt looked utterly unprepared to stop the dive, but 196 yards is still a phenomenal feat. Congratulations to KirVonte Benson on stepping up and dominating after an opportunity arose.
As it turns out, the final score from the football game was not the only piece of good news that Tech fans received on Saturday: the basketball program also got the biggest commitment of the Josh Pastner era in the form of four-star point guard Michael Devoe. A consensus top-100 player in the nation, Devoe is hands-down the most exciting prospect to commit to Tech over the past few years. He is now slated to arrive on the Flats at what will be a critical juncture for Tech basketball in year three of Josh Pastner’s tenure; expectations will almost assuredly be elevated by that time. Congratulations to Mike Devoe on his commitment!