Georgia Tech Stunned by Middle Tennessee State 49-28

Ian Hanford@Ian_HanfordFeatured ColumnistSeptember 29, 2012

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets fell to 2-3 on the season with a stunning 49-28 loss to the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders on Saturday.

The Yellow Jackets got off to a shaky start through the season's first four weeks, but losing to Virginia Tech and Miami (FL) was nothing compared to this.

This was a dogfight from the opening whistle. Yellow Jackets quarterback Tevin Washington gave his squad the lead with just under 12 minutes to play in the first quarter with a one-yard rushing touchdown. Blue Raiders QB Logan Kilgore answered that score around five minutes later with a four-yard strike to Anthony Amos.

From there, Georgia Tech was forced to play catch-up. The second quarter saw the Blue Raiders take a 14-7 lead off a Benny Cunningham rushing touchdown, only to be answered by another Washington rushing score.

Cunningham scored from one yard out to give his squad a 21-14 lead with less than five minutes remaining in the half, but Washington kept fighting. He ran in his third score of the half in with 1:06 left, leaving the game tied entering the second half.

That's as good as things would get for Georgia Tech. Cunningham and Kilgore each accounted for another touchdown in the third quarter. The Yellow Jackets failed to score, putting them down 35-21 entering the game's final 15 minutes.

They tried to fight back, getting within seven on another Washington TD, but two more Cunningham scores put the game out of reach.

The Blue Raiders ball-carrier finished the day with 217 yards and five touchdowns on 27 carries. He completely controlled the game, breaking several big plays on the Yellow Jackets defense.

Kilgore threw for 246 yards on 17-of-23 passing. He did have one interception, but his main job was to get the ball to Cunningham.

Washington ran in four short-yardage scores for his team, but it wasn't nearly enough. The Yellow Jackets were able to rack up 238 yards on the ground, but giving up 510 total yards negated all progress.

Disappointment is the first word that comes to mind for Georgia Tech. Its defense didn't come to play, allowing Cunningham and the Blue Raiders attack to completely control the last two quarters.

The Yellow Jackets will try to right the ship against No. 17 Clemson next week, while Middle Tennessee State will try to build on its momentum against Louisiana-Monroe.