We tried to grade out Georgia Tech’s offense in the Jackets 73-7 loss to the Clemson Tigers on Saturday afternoon.
To be clear, Georgia Tech’s offensive struggles on Saturday were not all Jeff Sims fault, that being said, it’s fair to say Sims didn’t perform at a quality level. Sims for the game was 6-for-13 through the air for 81-yards, one touchdown, and one interception. He finished the game with a quarterback rating of 8.2. Sims had a few nice plays here and there but for the most part, he looked like a freshman quarterback going up against one of the country’s best defenses.
Running backs: B+
Georgia Tech’s running backs did an admirable job against Clemson. Jahmyr Gibbs led the way with 67-yards on the ground with 15 carries and added on two receptions for 23-yards a total of 90-yards. Spencer Massey added on 47-yards on three carries while Dontae Smith had six for 30. The Jackets overall running game was affected by Jeff Sims constantly running from Clemson defenders as he racked up -23 yards on 13 official carries. The remainder of the Jackets rushing attack garnered 4.7 yards per rush, with 146 rushing yards on 31 carries.
With just six receptions made in the entire game and just 13 passing attempts, it’s hard to say just how well the Georgia Tech receivers performed in the game. The Jackets struggled to gain separation within Clemson’s secondary for most of the afternoon. Jalen Camp led the group with his one reception, thanks to a 59-yard touchdown. Ahmarean Brown was the only other wide receiver to record a reception in the game, one for just two yards.
Offensive Line: C-
We’re going to give the offensive line a c- due to their struggles in containing Clemson’s defensive line which isn’t all too surprising. The Jackets allowed five sacks in the game and 13 tackles for a loss. That being said, they blocked well in the rushing attack for the most part as obvious with the running backs stats as mentioned above.
Some people may argue that this should be an F-grade and they have an argument to be made. That being said, there are some positives to take away from the game offensively despite the lack of offensive firepower.