Posted by Chip Patterson
GEORGIA TECH WON. In an odd game with both teams scoring in bunches, the Yellow Jackets jumped out to big leads twice to hold off N.C. State for a 45-35 win in Raleigh. Orwin Smith led the way offensively with 73 yards and three touchdowns, while the defense forced a crucial Mike Glennon interception in the fourth quarter. With the backups on the field, this game kept going until the final whistle thanks to a late scoring drive led by Wolfpack freshman quarterback Tyler Brosius.
HOW GEORGIA TECH WON: High scores have not been uncommon for the Yellow Jackets this season, but it was scoring in bunches that helped them to victory on Saturday. A 21-point burst to start the game and another one to start the fourth quarter gave Georgia Tech enough breathing room to keep a relentless Wolfpack team at bay. The outcome was up in the air on several occasions, but the deficit they created was too much for N.C. State to make up.
WHEN GEORGIA TECH WON: The Yellow Jackets opened up the fourth quarter by polishing off an extensive scoring drive to pull ahead 28-14. On the ensuing Wolfpack drive, Mike Glennon was picked off by Isaiah Johnson - who returned the inteception for a touchdown. The combination of the gritty scoring drive and pick-six back-to-back put the game away for Georgia Tech.
WHAT GEORGIA TECH WON: The respect of the ACC. With Miami continuing to struggle with consistency, it looks like the 2-0 Yellow Jackets might be frontrunners in the ACC Coastal Division. The road test against the Wolfpack put Paul Johnson's squad at risk of an upset, and they answered with game-changing turnovers and deflating scoring plays. The only negative from Saturday's test might be the health of linebacker Jeremiah Attaouchu, who left the game with a right leg injury.
WHAT N.C. STATE LOST: The Wolfpack fans suffered the worst kind of loss on Saturday. After charging back from an early 21-0 deficit, N.C. State looked very much in the game into the fourth quarter. However, after Mike Glennon's pick six and Roddy Jones' 38-yard touchdown reception the fans in Carter-Finley started heading for the exits. But the fans don't play the games, and the team has a lot of good they can take away from this game. The long drives and hard running from James Washington should be signs of good thigns to come from a Glennon-led offense, and a thin defense stepped up after giving up the three fast scores.
THAT WAS CRAZY: N.C. State's extended injury report had many believing the Wolfpack had little chance of victory against the high-powered Yellow Jackets. Ball control with the rushing game and the defense were two areas of concern heading into the contest. For three quarters, those two facets of N.C. State's play were what was keeping the game close. The thin defense found ways to slow down Geogia Tech, including a goal line stand on 4th and 1 and holding the Yellow Jackets to their second-lowest rushing total on the season.
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