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What did we learn: Temple beats Yellow Jackets 24-2 (NSFW)

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Le sigh

NCAA Football: Georgia Tech at Temple Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

James Graham should be the starting quarterback

We’ve seen Lucas Johnson, Tobias Oliver, and James Graham all get their shots at playing quarterback. Let’s look at their stat lines:

Johnson: 16-for-29 (55.2 percent), 136 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 17 carries, 67 yards (2.5 ypc)

Oliver: 11-for-26 (42.3 percent), 177 yards, 0 TD, 2 INT, 51 carries, 296 yards (5.8 ypc), 1 TD

Graham: 15-for-32 (46.9 percent), 192 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 14 carries, 15 yards (1.1 ypc)

It’s hard to tell from just the stats, but I think the offense has looked its best when Graham has been at the helm. I was pleasantly surprised with Oliver today. It was the most comfortable he looked passing the ball, but I think Graham brings something to the game that none of the other options do. A lot of missed passes that happened today weren’t Graham’s fault. I think Graham still needs to be a bit more polished, but I think he clearly looked like the best option out there. I think Oliver has a place in this offense, and he should certainly play, but I think Graham has a clear edge over him as a passer.

Tech’s passing defense isn’t that bad

I noticed this during the Clemson game, but Tech’s secondary, specifically some of the corners, are really good. They did a good job again today with Kaleb Oliver getting a key interception in the beginning of the game. Tre’ Swilling also did a good job on the edge. We even saw Myles Sims make a couple plays on the other side. If you’re looking for a positive, it’s right there. All the starters there are likely going to be back next year for another year with Geoff Collins and Co. running the defense.

The defense as a whole still has a long way to go

The rest of the defense, though, yeesh. They were able to make a couple solid plays, specifically the safety, but Temple’s running backs gashed Tech’s defense the whole day. Temple’s offensive line was able to consistently make holes for Re’Mahn Davis and Jager Gardner all day. Tech also wasn’t able to consistently get any kind of a pass rush, which I think speaks a lot to the secondary for still forcing a less than stellar game for Anthony Russo.

#PtBD? Please don’t

I’m sure you’ve probably seen this hashtag going around. It stands for Put the Ball Down. I’m not entirely sure what that’s supposed to mean, but it sounds a lot like fumbling, and Georgia Tech did too much of that today, specifically Oliver. He fumbled twice today. One of those was returned for a touchdown. The other happened as Oliver was about to score a touchdown of his own. Please, just don’t. You have to take care of the ball. Speaking of turnovers, Graham also had a pretty bad one, an interception in the back of the endzone.

The offensive line is still not good

Georgia Tech was supposed to be good at running the ball this year. It didn’t look like it in this game. Nobody for Tech ran for 60 yards. That is absolutely ridiculous. I don’t have anything to add here.

What are your reactions to this game?