“Defensively, it’s embarrassing; I’m very embarrassed personally. We’ve played really good defense the entire year in my opinion…. It’s on the players”, redshirt junior David Curry said following the team’s first shutout at home in 62 years.
It was not a good day for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The team was completely shut down by the Virginia Tech Hokies 45-0. The Yellow Jackets fall to 2-8 and will want to forget about this game very fast.
The first half saw complete domination from Virginia Tech on both defense and offense. Both teams opened up with stops, but an early first-quarter drive by the Hokies, would open the doors for a blowout, and set the tempo for the rest of the game.
Georgia Tech’s offense seemed asleep for the entire first half.
The first half saw the Yellow Jackets end with only 48 total yards. The offense only mustered one first down, the entire first half, which came halfway through the second quarter. Quarterback James Graham struggled to get anything going, throwing for 33 yards and an interception which was taken to the end zone by Virginia Tech.
On the flip side, Georgia Tech’s defense struggled to stop an electric Virginia Tech offense.
The Hokies put up a total of 299 yards in the first half. The offense was led by quarterback Hendon Hooker, who added 152 passing yards, and two rushing touchdowns of his own. The Yellow Jackets defense gave up a total of 8 chunk plays, 5 passing, and 3 rushing.
The frustration for the Yellow Jackets began to show as cornerback Christian Campbell was ejected from the game for targeting. The Yellow Jackets entered the locker room at halftime down 31-0, looking stunned. The 2nd Half wouldn’t see any difference. The Georgia Tech student section lost a huge chunk of fans, who decided to head for the exits early.
Meanwhile, the large number of Virginia Tech fans made themselves heard.
Head Coach Geoff Collins, looked to switch things up replacing Graham with freshman Jordan Yates, after another Graham interception. This change would take a while to prove effective, as the Hokie defense held the Ramblin’ Wreck to only 31 total yards in the 3rd Quarter.
The Hokies looked to switch things up at QB as well, replacing Hooker with Quincy Patterson II, who picked up where Hooker left off, getting himself a rushing touchdown.
Yates showed signs of promise, giving the remaining fans some life, but fell short, from relentless pressure from the Hokie defense and consistent flags.
The flags began to add up for Collin’s men, having 6 penalties for 40 yards. This is something Collins knows is unacceptable going forward.
“Against a team that has a really good roster, you can’t have self-inflicted wounds like that,” Collins said.
Georgia Tech ended the game with a measly 134 total yards, 81 yards passing shared by Graham and Yates, along with 53 rushing yards. The defense gave up 461 yards to Virginia Tech and was shutout 45-0.
The team looked lackluster for all 4 quarters, with no real urgency from either the offense or defense. With a line of young QB’s looking to prove themselves, neither Graham or Yates stepped up to the plate.
“We’ve got to make sure everyone is on the same page… we will get better going forward, there were some guys out there making plays, and we will continue to build on those,” Collins said. With Tech dropping the first of a three-game home stretch, they’ll have a short time to recover as they are scheduled to host NC State on November 21st.
The team will close out the season hosting Georgia. With 2 tough games remaining, this will definitely be a season to forget for the Ramblin’ Wreck.