Miami vs. Georgia Tech: Live Scores, Analysis and Results
Miami beats Georgia Tech 42-36.
It took one overtime, but the Hurricanes have beaten the Yellow Jackets four seasons in a row.
Outside of about 20 minutes between the second quarter and the beginning of the third quarter, the Canes owned Georgia Tech.
Penalties, turnovers and missed opportunities kept it close.
In the end, it didn't matter as the Canes prevailed with a staunch defense and timely big plays by the offensive skill players.
Also, the Miami offensive line deserves a good deal of credit—zero sacks allowed and 5.4 YPC.
Miami stuffed Tech on fourth down. The Jacket offensive line blew that one.
You live by the sword and die by the sword.
The Canes will play this one conservatively, moving the ball on the ground and leaving it for their senior place kicker.
Heading into overtime, Miami holds a 584 to 396 yard advantage.
And that was with a number of big plays left on the field.
Miami won the toss and they will start on defense.
Momentum is fully on Miami's side, but Georgia Tech is at home, and their rushing offense, if it can get rolling, is in a good position.
On the other hand, with only 25 yards to defend, Miami doesn't have to worry about Tech passing, as Tech doesn't have a short passing game.
Tech took five yards worth of penalties through first three quarters.
The Jackets have taken 30 yards of (costly) penalties in the final quarter.
Moving the ball between the 20's has not been an issue for Miami. Moreover, that has been Georgia Tech's Achilles heel this year.
The question is will the Canes be able to score once they get into the red zone.
Last season was first season Johnson's Tech hasn't been top in the country in fourth-down attempts. Surprised he didn't go for it.
Following the last drive, Miami had over a 150-yard advantage over Tech.
Miami, down by seven, misses field goal with 7:03 to play.
Going for the field goal was questionable to begin with.
That said, Morris, who has been fairly steady for much of this game, missed a number of open receivers on the last three drives, any one of which could have gone for a touchdown.
He has also been feeling phantom pressure.
However, the momentum is still on Miami's side.
Miami receivers are making big plays.
Dorsett is nearing 200 yards receiving. Scott and Johnson have both made big plays. And this is without starting receiver Lewis, who went out earlier with a dislocated knee.
And they are all underclassmen.
Look out next year.
Sophomore Anthony Chickillo has four tackles-for-loss and a sack.
He had two tackles-for-loss on that drive alone.
Holding penalty against defensive back Thomas Finnie.
That give Tech new life.
Finnie is a sophomore. Once again, a big penalty by an underclassman.
Miami running back Mike James puts the Canes within one touchdown.
This has been a seesaw game. Miami had the momentum, Tech took it back and now Miami is back on top.
Miami has 435 total yards to the Jackets' 359.
The difference has been turnovers, special teams and penalties.
25-yard catch for Rayshawn Scott.
Morris threw the ball up and let his receiver make the play.
Scott ran his route, jumped up, used his physical advantage over the cornerback to made the big catch.
Sometimes, there is nothing a physically inferior player can do to make up for his opponent's advantage.
Wieclaw kicked a 23-yard field goal.
This has been the biggest problem with Miami's offense all season.
The Canes have done well in the red zone—90.91 percent leading into this game—but they have consistently failed to put the ball into the end zone. Heading into the week, 45.45 of their red zone trips have failed to put up seven.
Even though Tech gave up points, they won that series. A good deal of time was taken off the clock and the Canes failed to score seven.
Duke Johnson's numbers with 7:40 left in the third quarter: 9 ATT, 38 YDS, 4.2 YPC, 2 REC, 6 YDS.
Tevin Washington puts in his third touchdown of the afternoon.
He got safety Kacy Rodgers on the play-action. Rodgers was caught looking in the backfield and Jeff Greene went right by him.
As mentioned earlier, that is the unconventional balance of that Tech offense.
After that, there was no way Miami was keeping the Wreck out of the end zone.
35-yard touchdown run by Zenon.
Tech moved the ball 65 yards in four plays.
That drive was all about the offensive line.
The inside linemen pushed around the middle of the Miami front four.
Center Finch got to the second level on almost every play, and guard Uzzi pushed his man 10 yards downfield on the play before the touchdown.
What can Miami do to turn things around in the second half?
The Canes have to come out and establish dominance along the front, both on offense and defense. They have to avoid stupid, inexperienced mistakes.
This is only a three-point game, which puts Miami in a good position.
As a side note, Miami punter Dalton Botts is injured per Michael Casagrande of the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Redshirt freshman kicker Matt Goudis is warming up with the punting team.
Also keep in mind that long snapper McNally went down last week.
Georgia Tech 22, Miami 19 at halftime.
The numbers are pretty even—
Georgia Tech: 11 first downs, 215 yards, 5-8 on third downs, 36 total plays.
Miami: 10 first downs, 236 yards, 4-6 on third downs, 34 total plays.
The big difference has been in turnovers and penalties. The Canes have two turnovers to none for Tech and Miami has 44 penalty yards to five for the Jackets.
Again, that is an experience issue.
Miami has two turnovers in its last eight plays.
Georgia Tech had been dropping its safeties in the box earlier in the game. Not anymore.
The end result of that is a terrible decision by Morris. His receiver was smothered, and he threw it anyway.
One interception and the Georgia Tech offense is back on the field. Don't look for them to look back. They will score to end the half and take a solid lead. Then they will get the ball to start the second half.
How Miami comes out of the half will determine the outcome.
People forget about the Georgia Tech running game.
The Jackets don't pass much, but when they do, they make it count. They are currently the most efficient passing offense in the ACC, and No. 6 in the country.
In its way, Tech is one of the most balanced offenses in the country.
Now, about that defense.
Miami 19, Georgia Tech 14, 9:05 left in the half.
This is the importance of upperclassmen in the lineup.
Upperclassmen know how to respond in the face of adversity. Underclassmen get nervous.
Most of the Canes' mistakes in the last five minutes of play have been via freshmen and sophomores.
Football guru Phil Steele has an "experience chart." Notice that Georgia Tech is No. 31 while Miami is No. 120—only four less experienced teams in the country than the Canes.
Miami's inexperience is showing.
Dorsett, a sophomore, left that ball out for the strip.
The green Canes have let the Jackets back in the game. Momentum is now fully in Tech's hands.
The offensive line is establishing itself, and that is trouble for any Tech opponent.
Tech got gifted a bit on that last series, but a veteran team comes back from a bad call. Miami is not that team, and Tech, a veteran team, took advantage.
This could be the turning point.
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