On Saturday afternoon, the JV Squad of Division I-AA Gardner-Webb Bulldogs took to Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field (the oldest and winningest active stadium in Div-1 football) with hopes of deflating the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (4-1)... and deflate they did! Tech stunk up the joint!
Tech's high energy triple option offense was engineered by third string senior quarterback Calvin Booker - he was not up to the task (now we know why he is behind a sophomore and a freshman on the depth chart). The seemingly porous o-line allowed the quick and nimble GW linemen and linebackers to join Booker in the backfield at will. Booker is a straight drop back passer who doesn't have a scrambling bone in his body... he was slow, inaccurate, and was sacked for losses too many times to recount. The offense spent 80 percent of the game south of the 50 yard line.
The only thing that kept Tech in the game was the play of the defense which kept the smaller GW squad at bay for most of the game. A second half turnover led to GW's one score... but it was scary!
This is how scary it was: GW had the ball inside the Tech 30 yard line late in the fourth quarter. With 9 seconds on the clock, DE Derrick Morgan saved the day when he partially deflected a 43 yard field goal that would've tied the game. It was sooooo scary, that I had to stay at the game until the end to see the final outcome (a first for the entire season)!
The entire Tech squad obviously was overlooking this game to next week's foe: Clemson at Death Valley. BUt they almost dropped a game that they should've won by 20 to 30 points. And I'm sure the polls will take note of this lackluster performance, we'll have to wait another week before Tech will appear in the Top 25 rankings.
Read the AJC.com account of the game.