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Orange Bowl Post-Game Thoughts
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(In what was probably his last game at Tech, Derrick Morgan disappointed.)

Just some thoughts. Column (or columns) later on.

  • Derrick Morgan did not show up when it mattered tonight, a disappointing end to his career. He had a couple of chances to make big plays in the second half and, instead, got outrun by Ricky Stanzi, who just returned from a broken ankle.
  • Georgia Tech played with awful field position the whole night and couldn't do anything to change it, despite what I think we can safely term Chandler Anderson's career game at punter.
  • Iowa deserved to win this game, start to finish. Maybe things are different if Scott Blair hits that field goal or if Iowa tries theirs instead of faking. In hindsight, that was a great call by Kirk Ferentz, backing Georgia Tech up like that.
  • Tech doesn't normally pass the ball, but Johnson and Nesbitt barely even tried to get Demaryius Thomas involved in the offense. You can't cut out one of your biggest playmakers like that.
  • Does this inspire Dwyer, Thomas, and Morgan Burnett to return? Derrick Morgan is surely gone, but the others would be a whole lot of useful if they elected to stay for their senior seasons.
  • I'll say it again—the Joseph Gilbert false start might have been the game's deceptively important play. Dwyer had a nice hole on what was going to be a dive read, and if Tech establishes its offense on that drive, then the Jackets are dictating the pace of the game. Instead, the first of several Georgia Tech mistakes handed the Hawkeyes the opportunity they needed.
  • Hats off to Ricky Stanzi. I don't think it's quite fair to say he outplayed Josh Nesbitt because Nesbitt was so hampered by an ineffective offensive line. But Stanzi was efficient most of the night, and he's deserving of MVP recognition.
  • Once again, bowl season ends badly for Georgia Tech. If you don't execute, you lose. It's as simple as that.

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