Well that was fun! After a bit of a rough start, the Yellow Jackets were able to pull out a 35-17 victory in their ACC opener over the Pitt Panthers, despite turning the ball over four times.
Pitt opened up the game with a bit of a methodical drive that made it seem like it was going to be a long game for the Jackets. Tech’s patented “Leaky Roof Defense” was doing exactly what everybody feared it would: giving up all sorts of plays to the offense. And then, all of a sudden, that wasn’t a problem anymore.
Tech fumbled on its first drive, giving the Panthers pretty good field position. They ended up going three-and-out, to everyone’s surprise. And then, what we’ve been waiting for for years, Pitt’s kicker
Blewitt missed the kick. The Jackets got the ball back and scored with a 32-yard touchdown run from Taquon Marshall.
Pitt got the ball back and the defense continued to hold. Unfortunately, when Tech got the ball back, the Pitt defense showed up and forced a punt, and well, that didn’t turn out very well for the Yellow Jackets, as Quadree Henderson took it 80 yards to the house.
After another fumble from Tech, it looked like Pitt might actually be able to grab a lead. But the Tech defense stood ... again. The Jackets got the ball back and marched it down the field for another touchdown.
Coming out of the half up 21-17, the Yellow Jackets were in a good position to put this game away. After trading three-and-outs to open up the second half, the Yellow Jackets another touchdown on the board, the first career touchdown for B-back Quaide Weimerskirch.
After the Jackets and Panthers swapped a couple fumbles and three-and-outs, Tech had the ball back and was looking to put this game out of reach for the Panthers. The Jackets had the ball at the Pitt 47 and handed the ball off to KirVonte Benson, who took it all the way for the touchdown to give the Jackets their final points.
Pitt was desperate at this point, putting Max Browne in the game at quarterback. After being able to make it a good ways, Browne and the Panthers turned the ball over on fourth down. At that point, Jay Jones took over for garbage time before ending up on the bad side of a targeting call. After that, Matthew Jordan took over and took the Jackets the rest of the way.
Georgia Tech is 2-1 (1-0 ACC), and I think the most impressive point in this game is that Tech turned the ball over FOUR TIMES, and the defense held every single time. Let’s celebrate, and we’ll get into the analysis later on today and into the week, so make sure you check back here for all of that. Go Jackets!