I’ve started watching the replay of the Tech game (yes, gentle readers, sometimes a blogger’s gotta do what a blogger’s gotta do) to compose a review post, but in the meantime, I’ve come across Gentry Estes’ review. It’s a far more thorough job than I’d be likely to produce, so I suggest you take a look at it.
In particular, he has one comment that bears highlighting.
This is just my personal observation, and it may be standard procedure in that offense, but it looked like Georgia Tech at times read the splits in the Georgia front and adjusted before the snap. It didn’t always work, but you noticed when eyeing UGA’s front that if there was space at any portion, the Yellow Jackets often sent the ball-carrier into that area. There was one play in particular that went for 19 yards to start a third quarter possession where Thornton and Drew were each to the right of the center and Jordan Jenkins was outside of the tackle. The Yellow Jackets then ran a dive play directly into that open gap over the left guard.
It looked like Tech altered its o-line blocking schemes in the second half, but this was the other adjustment I noticed. Pruitt called for a lot of shifts in Georgia’s front just before the snap and it seemed like the Jackets’ offense would adjust to that by running the play towards the vacated gap. There’s a reason Herrera and Wilson were making so many tackles. What that also tells you is that Justin Thomas did a terrific job as an option quarterback, despite anemic passing stats (6-16, 64 yards), because he was making excellent decisions in the running game. He’s Saturday’s MVP.