The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets running game sputtered, and a bevy of penalties and turnovers against BYU sent Georgia Tech packing in a 38-20 loss. The Jackets have now lost three straight games, and have turned the ball over at least two times in all three losses.
The tough pill to swallow for the Yellow Jackets is the inability to run the ball, as they were held in check until some late game mop-up duty. The Jackets may be the only option offense that can’t successfully run the option on a regular basis.
With the run game stuck in neutral, once again quarterback Vad Lee was forced into some uncomfortable passing situations…and once again, quarterback Vad Lee was benched late in the game. Lee made some big throws to keep some Georgia Tech drives alive, but his mistakes ended up costing the Jackets in the end.
Paul Johnson is going to have to rally the troops, circle the wagons, dig in to the trenches and find at least a half dozen more cliches to take them into next week’s game with Syracuse.
In short, Georgia Tech needs to regroup and reevaluate.
Is Vad Lee the best man to start at quarterback? Should the rotation in the B-backs be shuffled? With an offensive line that is struggling to block, can the Yellow Jackets even play in a more traditional offense? Can all the unforced and unnecessary penalties be fixed?
This is a team that is a hot mess…bordering on dumpster fire. But on the same token, they are just a few more good blocks and a few less dumb mistakes from being undefeated.
That’s the frustrating part.
The inconsistencies seen on the field have to be driving coach Johnson nuts. Drives are being killed by silly penalties, receivers are dropping easy catches, and the offensive line (when not moving early) are missing important assignment blocks in the run game. When you run an option offense, those blocks are key.
Just as in last week’s game in Miami, the Yellow Jackets were at least within striking distance well into the game, but the flood gates opened in the middle of the fourth quarter, highlighted by a Vad Lee pick-six and a David Sims fumble in BYU territory. The Cougars turned every Georgia Tech mistake into points, and that was the undoing for the Jackets.
The problems are many, but seem fixable at this point. Hopefully this team hasn’t lost all their confidence that was gained in the first three games of the season.