There are a few things that can be taken away from the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 38-19 victory over the Wofford Terriers.
There were some high points that Paul Johnson can build confidence in his team with going forward. But also, there were some things that happened in this game that left little to be desired.
The Good – Justin Thomas Throws a pretty nice ball!
Sophomore QB Justin Thomas had to go to the air in order to ignite the Yellow Jackets offense. In the second half he connected with DeAndre Smelter for two touchdown passes.
Thomas finished 11 of 15 for 282 yards and two touchdowns on the day. Smelter logged five catches for 132 yards and two touchdowns.
If Thomas is able to continue to throw the ball effectively, the Yellow Jackets offense will have some nice balance going forward.
Being able to get the ball outside to DeAndre Smelter, Michael Summers, and Darren Waller when he returns, is going to give this option attack some nice diversity.
The Bad – The Sluggish Start
Everyone is clear on the fact that this was the opening game of the season. However, Georgia Tech truly looked like they were in a fog through the first half of the game.
Did Wofford’s familiarity with how the triple-option operates aid in the Jackets sluggish start? Yeah, probably so.
But even with that, Tech’s offensive line was not opening holes in the early going and overall the execution in the first half was sloppy.
The Ugly – The 92-yard run by Wofford’s Ray Smith
The 92-yard run by Wofford’s Ray Smith as the first half was closing out was the prime example of how Georgia Tech as a team seemed to be sleep walking through the first half.
Giving up a big run is one thing. But when a defense gives up a big gainer right up the gut without a single defender touching the ball carrier, that is flat out ugly.
Truthfully, giving up that 92-yard run was probably what snapped the Yellow Jackets out of their fog. Seeing something like that on the field would make a few player say to themselves, “Aw heck naw man! We gotta get it together ! ”