Atlanta,GA - Coach Millhimes has to be kicking himself this morning. The Yellow jackets came into this game 10 point underdogs and almost pulled off a grand upset against the #3 team on the nation. Instead, we are all singing the song " What might have been".
The Yellow Jackets jumped out to a 14-0 lead and would carry the lead all game until Notre Dame running back Hughes hit the endzone with 43 seconds left to steal one in Atlanta 17-14.
After the first two quarters, the Yellow Jackets failed to score. GT, turned it over two times in the redzone. One fumble and one INT. They had 3 turnovers for the game.
You couldnt have asked for a better start. Georgia Tech took the opening kickoff and went down the field scoring a touchdown on a 7 yard run by Jonathan Dwyer to make it 7-0. Dwyer had 19 carries for 97 yards and a touchdown.
Following a ND punt, Tech once again controlled the game with the run. This time, Josh Nesbitt took it in from 3 yards out on an option to make it 14-0. Nesbitt came back early just to try to seal the deal for GT. Notre Dame struck back when Clausen hit Rodulph for a 29 yard touchdown pass to cut the lead to 14-7. GT moved the ball right back down the field but lost it at the 15 yard line of ND when Nesbitt threw a pick at the 1. GT went into halftime up 14-7.
The Third saw ND use some time off the clock and move the ball into GT terriroty for a 33 yd field goal and a 14-10 deficit. Georgia Tech would not get into ND territory again until the Fourth.
The Fourth quarter was one to watch. Tech's drive stopped at the ND 40 and they punted with 4:35 left. It would then see Notre Dame go down the field and complete three thrid down conversions and one Fourth on there way to the Hughes Touchdown. GT managed to move down the field with all three of there timeouts with 43 seconds left. They got the ball all the way to the Notre Dame 36 with 5 secodns left and no timeouts. Nesbitt went for a quick pass as time ran out and it was picked in the middle of the field.
"I was upset when it happend but you must learn from this and grow" Said Millhimes.
GT outgained ND 319-268
GT outrushed ND 152-55
ND 3rd down rate..4-8 - GT 3rd down rate..6-7
A game I should have won!