Georgia Tech-LSU: Tigers Wreck The Ramblin' Wreck

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IJanuary 2, 2009

After LSU's 38-3 drubbing of Georgia Tech, let's re-visit my preview to see how things played out.



Defense allows only 32.1 percent of third-down conversions.

GT was 3-for-15 (20 percent).

Allow only 3.3 yards per carry.

GT ran 40 times for 164 yards (4.1 ypc).

Score TD on 73 percent of Red Zone trips.

LSU scored touchdowns on five of their six red-zone trips (83.3 percent).

4-0 all-time record in the Peach/Chick-fil-A Bowl.

Make that 5-0.



They've thrown 18 interceptions and only took away seven on defense.

Threw none and made one.

Allowed second-most points per game in the SEC.

Only allowed 3 points.

Coming off consecutive losses.

Didn't show in the start of this one.

Minimal return threat.

Two 18-yard punt returns.



Make Georgia Tech throw the ball by stopping the run and getting them in third-and-longs.

GT faced third-and-at-least five eleven times.

Keep GT out of the Red Zone—they haven't hit a 40-yard FG all year.

GT got there three times but only got three points from it (24-yard FG).

Watch out for Morgan Burnett—this sophomore safety does everything for the Yellow Jackets on defense.

Made 14 total tackles leading the Yellow Jackets.

Be smart with the football—the more they have it, the less their defense gets pounded by a great running game.

Zero Turnovers.


Georgia Tech


Good pressure on QB; they had 33 sacks in 12 games—these sacks come from everywhere. No player has more than seven.

Two sacks by Johnson.

Third-ranked rushing game in the nation—Jonathan Dwyer has 1,398 yards on only 190 carries and has added 12 TD.

They ran for 164 yards on 40 carries.

Allow only 18.8 points per game.

Ouch...38 points allowed.

12-6 all-time head-to-head record against LSU.

Now 12-7.



One-dimensional on offense; it's all about the run.

Amen. Only threw the ball 25 times.

Fewer than 100 yards per game through the air.

Only 150 yards in the air when they were behind the entire game.

Poor kicking game—11 of 19 on Field Goals.

1-for-1 (24-yarder).

Second-fewest first downs per game in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Twelve first-downs (seven in second half).



Do what they do well—run the ball.

Well, they tried a lot.

Get pressure on the quarterback and then look for the interception—LSU gives it up.

Minimal pressure and no takeaways.

Start the game strong to help carry momentum from recent big wins.

Lost the first quarter 7-3 and the second 28-0.


Matchup to Watch

Obviously, the GT running game against a good LSU run defense.

LSU wins by keeping Dwyer from breaking any long TDs.



ACC Coach of the Year Paul Johnson

With all four of GT's final four regular season games against Top 25 teams, Johnson led the Yellow Jackets to three gritty wins and a No. 14 ranking in the nation.

He was the X-Factor, but the wrong kind. Running the ball on fourth-and-eight from their own 22?  It was the second quarter and they were only down by 18.



GT 26, LSU 23

Georgia Tech is hot right now, and I'll give them the nod with the third-ranked rushing game in the nation. Also, LSU has a -4 turnover margin to GT's +5.

Yikes. LSU won the turnover battle by three, making their huge win easy.


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