Beating Miami (and their fans) is always fun in any sport. The way Tech did it Saturday was incredible, with touchdowns from all three units and a career game for RB Jordan Mason. A second win for the year will definitely help team morale and fans’ views of the program, as many people were not too confident heading into the second half of the season. If Tech begins a winning streak starting with this past game, there could be an ACC Championship Game in their future with all of the #CoastalChaos that has (and will) occur.
Just how did Tech manage to upset Miami? With a lot of luck. Nine times out of ten, the Jackets probably would’ve lost the game. Miami’s kicking game was absolutely atrocious and their defense was caught sleeping on many key plays by the Tech offense and special teams. If Geoff Collins & co. want to continue winning football games, a lot of rough edges will need to be cleaned up.
Just a few days ago columnist Michael Cunningham was criticizing Geoff Collins and the rest of the Georgia Tech Football team in an article for the AJC. The article linked above is a complete 180 from Cunningham’s prior sentiments, as he praises the Yellow Jackets and their grit during the win against Miami. Besides seeing Miami fans rage, this is probably the most satisfactory thing to come from the victory.
College basketball is slowly sneaking up on us. Georgia Tech plays their first game of the year against NC State on November 5. However, the Jackets did play an exhibition game yesterday against DII Georgia College, out of Milledgeville. It was no surprise that they easily won the game, 98-76, although it did get close in spots. Bubba Parham had a great game for Tech, nailing all five of the three pointers he shot, while Evan Cole finished with 11 rebounds. You can’t really take much from an exhibition game against a D2 school, but it is always nice to get a win and build confidence before the season starts.
Bubba Parham was one of the top players in the SOCON last year. When he announced his transfer to Tech, it was clear that the Jackets would benefit from his offensive skills. That was shown in the exhibition game yesterday, and from his teammates’ comments in the article above. Parham has developed in many areas since arriving on The Flats, and looks to be a key player for the Yellow Jackets this season.
It was nice to see some offense yesterday after low scoring games during the White-Gold World Series. It was only six runs, but that’s pretty good considering Tech was playing the South Carolina Gamecocks, a top college baseball team. Just like the basketball game earlier, it was an exhibition, so we’ll have to wait and see to find out what the Jackets really are all about.
Question of the Day: What were your thoughts about the Miami game?