Georgia Tech’s offense against Boston College managed 28 points but failed to instill confidence in it going forward.
The Yellow Jackets played two quarterbacks on Saturday against Boston College with Jeff Sims and James Graham both receiving snaps. Sims for the game was 12-for-18 in the game for 171-yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. His 66% completion percentage was his highest of the season since the Jackets season opener against Florida State. Sims also rushed for 47-yards and had one fumble which was recovered by Boston College. James Graham, on the other hand, was 6-for-13 in the game for 85-yards. He also rushed for 21-yards during his time on the field.
All in all, Sims and Graham were 18-for-31 in the game, a completion percentage of 58% for 256-yards and two touchdowns and one interception. Not tremendous stats by any means and while Sims played pretty well though turnovers still remain an issue.
Running backs: C-
The running backs group for the first time this season disappointed. As a whole, the Yellow Jackets running backs ran the ball 20-times for 57-yards. An average of 2.85 yards per carry. It was also the worst performance of Jahmyr Gibbs’s young career, picking up a mere nine yards on eight carries. Jordan Mason was the most successful of any of the running backs, rushing for 27-yards on six carries.
The running backs did contribute in the passing game as well, Jordan Mason had one reception for 39-yards while Jahmyr Gibbs had 4-for-37 and Dontae Smith recorded one reception for five-yards.
Wide Receiver/Tight End: B
The best offensive position group in the game was the wide receivers as seven different receivers caught a pass in Saturday’s game. Leading the way for the Yellow Jackets was sophomore slot receiver Ahmarean Brown with four receptions for 75-yards and a touchdown. Marquez Ezzard and Jalen Camp both had a pair of receptions for 23 and 25 yards respectively. PeJe Harris, Adonicas Sanders, Malachi Carter, and Dylan Leonard all had one reception each. It’s a great sign for the Jackets that seven receivers were able to get open and find a way to catch passes, not counting the eight receptions coming from the running backs group. It was a good performance out of the receivers and one they could build on going forward.
Offensive Line: C
The offensive line was the biggest disappointment in the game on Saturday as the offensive line struggled to get any push in the game. They were unable to really open up any holes in the rushing attack, as the Jackets averaged 3.2 yards per carry as a team and totaled just 102-yards. In the passing game, the Jackets struggled just as much, if not more, with four sacks allowed and seven tackles for a loss. The offensive line was great through the first four games of the season, allowing just one sack but in their last two, they’ve allowed nine. Brent Key needs to find a way for the offensive line to get their mojo and confidence back fast.
A 28-point performance offensively is a quality one, it certainly isn’t spectacular but it isn’t horrid either. That being said, it’s hard to look around and see anything that gives you a ton of hope regarding the offense going forward. There are positives to build off but at the same time there are plenty of things to clean up going forward and a lot that needs to be improved upon if they want to compete against Notre Dame next weekend.