Meanwhile, on the Flats, the Geoff Collins Experience continues on its merry way.
In an alarming result that only future games and seasons will be able to put into full context, the Yellow Jackets were stunned by The Citadel 27-24 in overtime Saturday afternoon. Against an FCS opponent, Tech was haunted by an option offense highly similar to the one former coach Paul Johnson directed for 11 largely successful seasons, sending the Jackets to one of the more humbling defeats in team history.
Holy genius, Batman, how in the name of Waffle House could the Jackets lose to a team that came in 0-2 (with losses to two Top 25 FCS teams) and was a 27-point underdog? Glad you asked.
Defensive players said that they had not had a good week of practice as they overlooked their FCS opponent.
“I don’t think that this week there was super good attention to every detail, like we should, and that showed up (Saturday),” linebacker David Curry said. “But we’ve just got to show up to play, and every single game, no matter who you’re playing, you can’t just roll the ball out and think that you’re going to win.”
Too bad there’s no catchy slogan for that. Or this:
For instance, the three unsportsmanlike-conduct penalties within a six-minute span of the second quarter, indicating that Tech at least was able to successfully install the taunting part of its defense this week. The Jackets couldn’t do it against Clemson because, well, they’d just get laughed off the field. And presumably it was just too hot against South Florida to expend the energy. But against this humble FCS opponent, they seemed more than ready to write checks with their mouths that their bodies couldn’t cash.
Give ’em credit. At least they know when to pick their spots.
Meanwhile, from StingTalk (which, by the way, is everything you could hope it would be and more) comes this gem.
The upside? Tech is being talked about again. The downside? For all the wrong reasons. I was ar Hudson’s. Someone brought up we lost to Citadel. A dwag asked if Citadel was favored. A dwag at another table said GT by 27 and we are the easiest game on their schedule.
Hard to argue.
It’s gonna be a good year.