Friday, November 21, 2008

GT Blows Away the Hurricanes 41-27

GO JACKETS!Well, so much for breaking into the Top 25 College Football rankings! The #23 Miami Hurricanes (7-4, 4-3) brought their false bravado into Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field (the oldest and winningest active stadium in Div-1 football) riding an inflated 5 game winning streak with hopes of taking over first place of the Coastal Division of the ACC. Well, Georgia Tech's (8-3, 5-3) smothering defense and ground-munching offense laid all of Miami's plans to rest.

Tech's high energy triple option offense was engineered by second year trigger man quarterback Josh Nesbitt - who operated the offense with a precision that hasn't been seen all season. Running back Jonathan Dwyer ripped off 128 yards with just 10 carries in the first half, including a 58-yard touchdown and another 6-yard touchdown where he dragged half of the Hurricane into the end zone. Georgia Tech piled up the fifth-most rushing yards in school history with its most prolific effort in 30 years. Two other players, wingback Roddy Jones (97 yards) and quarterback Josh Nesbitt (93 yards), just missed giving the Yellow Jackets three 100-yard rushers.

Tech's defense was also firing on all cylinders, including a first quarter interception by DE Michael Johnson that he ran in for a touchdown. The defense allowed 20 second half points well after the outcome had been decided. Tech piled on 41 points to Miami's 23, and it was even that close!

Next week, the Ramblin' Wreck goes up the road a bit to tangle with our in-state rivals, those Georgia Bulldawgs... stay tuned for a plezWorld reaction to that one.

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Georgia Tech football fans were treated to a live feed of space shuttle Endeavour and their Tech alumni crew members on the Bobby Dodd Stadium video board between the first and second quarters of the game. Aboard the spacecraft are three Tech grads, pilot Col. Eric Boe and crew members Lt. Col. Robert “Shane” Kimbrough and Sandra Magnus. plezWorld was a co-op student with NASA when I was a student at GT in the early 80's.

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plez sez: it was a cold night on the Flats and i missed the entire first quarter sitting in traffic on Peachtree Street... yeah, that Peachtree Street! i took the SugarPlum to ballet class and then had to pick up the plezWife from the office before we went to the game... for some strange reason, traffic was a bear from Buckhead into Downtown Atlanta.

we got to our seats just in time to watch jonathan dwyer rip off his 58 yard TD run... it was awesome! that guy is sneaky fast, he doesn't look like it, but he is motoring away down the middle of the field and NO ONE on the other team can catch him. in the next series he is barreling into the end zone from 6 yards out... and the rout is on.

it really got cold with the temperature dropping quickly through the 40's and down into the upper 30's by half time. we hung around to watch josh nesbitt take it in from the 1 yard line on fourth down to take a 34-10 lead with around 4 minutes left in the third quarter... yeah, we missed the Budweiser song!

as we were walking to our car, we heard the ROAR of the crowd as fullback lucas cox scored on a 32 yard run. by then, the hurricanes had been blown out to sea!

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Read the article about Tech's drubbing of Miami.

Read the article about Georgia Tech's big win over Miami.

Read Mark Bradley's article about Tech's impressive win.

Read the article about three Georgia Tech grads on space shuttle Endeavor who were saluted during the football game.

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