Saturday, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Head Coach Paul Johnson was relieved with his team’s 37-10 victory over the Jacksonville State Gamecocks. However, he was irritated with his team’s overall performance. The Ramblin’ Wreck only compiled 210 rushing yards on 49 carries and tallied 17 first downs. The Tech offense was 5 of 12 on third down and the team committed 8 penalties and lost 70 yards.
“I thought that the defense did a great job starting on the next to last series there in the first half when Lawrence Austin got the pick,” Johnson said. “If I’m not mistaken, it was two- or three-straight possessions where we got turnovers and short field. We were able to hit a couple plays on third down down there in spite of ourselves. Offensively, it was not pretty. We were able to make some plays, but the execution was not very good. We got our butts whipped up front. Guys may have been reading their press clippings a little bit.”
The Georgia Tech defense held the JSU Gamecocks to 189 yards of offense on the day.
Quarterback TaQuon Marshall was very efficient in the passing game. He completed 5 of 7 passes for 112 yards and three touchdowns (two caught by Ricky Jeune).
“It felt great. After the first game I wanted to sit in the pocket and show my arm ability,” Marshall commented. “Ricky [Jeune] and the other guys made great plays and the line blocked for me, so I had a lot of time to get the ball out of my hands.”
Meanwhile, the University of Central Florida and Georgia Tech mutually agreed to cancel Saturday’s game at Orlando. According to a press release, Florida Governor Rick Scott placed a call for public universities in the state to assist with hurricane preparation and recovery. UCF agreed to host up to 1,000 National Guard members and 250 vehicles on campus. That amount of personnel, in addition to the number and types of vehicles, meant that in and around Spectrum Stadium — the home of UCF football — was the best place to stage recovery operations.
Secondly, UCF’s football student-athletes evacuated prior to the arrival of the storm. With the Orlando campus closed through at least Wednesday, there is no guarantee as to if/when it would be able to reconvene its team for a game on Saturday, regardless of where it would be played. Finally, the Golden Knights and Yellow Jackets do not have a mutual bye week.