The Yellow Jackets won in convincing fashion Saturday night against the Duke Blue Devils. Early on it looked like it would be a very close game, but the Yellow Jackets were able to capitalize on the Blue Devils’ turnovers and other mistakes. As the article mentions, Tech quarterback Jeff Sims had a fairly good day passing for 146 yards with three touchdowns. In addition to that he rushed for another 108 yards, but the star of the game would have to have been Jahmyr Gibbs. The true freshman running back rushed for 91 yards and two touchdowns and caught four passes for 48 yards to lead all receivers. And this was before he had to leave the game early due to an injury. For Tech, the win snaps a three game losing skid against Duke. The 56-33 thumping was a strong statement by a Tech team that hadn’t played a game in nearly a month.
It has been a rough start to the season for the Yellow Jackets men’s basketball team. First they lost in a heartbreaker against Georgia State. Then on Friday they lost their second game against another in-state rival as they fell to Mercer. Even with solid performances from players like Moses Wright, the Yellow Jackets were unable to overcome the large hole they found themselves in after a slow start. Their next game will not be an easy one either as they host the University of Kentucky Wildcats on the 6th of December. It is highly likely that the Yellow Jackets will start off the season 0-3 unless they can come up with a win against the 10th ranked Wildcats. Not exactly the way to start a season if you want to make the NCAA tournament. Hopefully the team can get on the right track.
In case you’re curious what Tech head coach Geoff Collins had to say after the Yellow Jackets routing of the Blue Devils, this AJC article can deliver the goods for you. Among some of the key points from his comments, Collins recognized the importance for the team to have fun after not playing a game after 28 days. He also recognized Brent Key and the offensive line for their efforts. Collins also brought up the presence of offensive coordinator Dave Patenaude on the sidelines during the game. Up to this point Patenaude had been in the coaches box, but it seemed being on the sideline allowed him to see things differently. I’m guessing based on the results, we’ll be seeing more of Patenaude on the sidelines. The Yellow Jackets next game will be a road game against N.C. State on December 5th.