Saturday, August 22, 2009
Georgia Tech Loses Nesbitt, Still Manages To Crush Virginia
There is yet another injury to the Georgia Tech offense. This time, its there second best player. Josh Nesbitt went down on a botched option run that caused a Virginia defensive touchdown. Not only that, it will cost Nesbitt 4 weeks. Josh Nesbitt tore a muscle in his right shoulder and will likely be out 3-4 weeks. " This is not what we need headed down the stretch" said Coach Millhimes. However, the Yellow Jackets did get some good news.
Georgia Tech had three Interception returns for touchdowns and Tech dominated Virginia despite the loss of Nesbit 49-7. GT's defense was strong all day holding Virginia to just 161 yards offense. The Cav's came in at 5-1 (1-1) and looked like they could GT fits. However, Tech controlled the clock all day with the Triple Option winning the T.O.P battle by almost 8 minutes.
Before the Nesbit injury in the third, he had a nice game with 46 yards passing and a touchdown on 6-7 passing. He also had 28 yards rushing. Anthony Allen spilt time with Lucas Cox at HB. Cox had 25 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Allen had the better game with 77 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown. Sophmore Marcus Wright spent time at FB where he racked up 61 yards on just 6 carries.
The GT defense was strong all day. Three interception returns and three sacks really helped finish off Virginia.
GT would lead 7-0 after one when it really went to work. Nesbitt hit Tylor Melton for a 10 yard touchdown pass with 1 minute left in the second to take a 14-0 lead. Then, the next Virginia possession was the start of the Cav's nightmares. Rashaad Reid picked off a pass and went 77 yards with 4 seconds on the clock to make it 21-0 at the half.
The third quarter started with both teams trading posessions. Then, the Nesbitt incident occured. With Tech driving at the Cav's 17 yard line, Nesbitt attempted an option keeper. Instead, he was met by a 320 pound DE who came crashing down on him. Cav's lineman Nate Jenkins picked up the fumble and ran 83 yards for a touchdown. (Yes, I said DL) Nesbitt lay there not moving and the trainers went out. He told them he hurt his throwing arm and could not feel anything. They took him off the field and Shaw warmed up. Tech came right back when Marcus Wright went down the sideline for an 88 yard return to the Cav's 4. That set up Allens 4 yard touchdown run to make it 28-7 after three.
The Fourth was all about the GT defense. First Cav's possession saw Dominique Reese pickoff Sewell for the second time and return it 44 yards for the touchdown. GT would force a three and out and run some clock off. They would tack on another touchdown with the backups thanks to a 7 yard Cox run. The final blow came when backup CB Steven Sylvester picked off Sewell when Sewell was hit while throwing. Sylvester was right there at the line of scrimage to grab it and go 69 yards for the return and put a big blow on the Cav's self esteem.
Now, the real question. Can GT recover without both Dwyer and Nesbitt to atleast become Bowl Eligable?