Atlanta, GA - Fans of GT wanted this game more than ever. Coach Millhimes wanted it just as bad." Its not often the #2 ranked team comes knocking at your door" said Millhimes. His team promised him a win and they delivered big time.
Deron Jasper had 2 crucial interceptions including a 31 yard return for a score and a game clinching Interception with 15 seconds left as Georgia Tech's option play and secondary was alittle to much for Miami in the 38-35 upset of the year for Georgia Tech.
More important, this keeps coach Millhimes job in a good bracket as many questioned if he could hang with FSU and Miami. Mario Butler also recorded his 5th interception of the year in the game.
As for Offense, the game was loaded with it. GT outgained Miami 442-349. Miami had 89 yards in the ground while GT had 212. Miami had 260 in the air while GT finished with 230. The main story was Turnovers as Miami had 4 interceptions in the game. Tech had 2 turnovers. Both interceptions thrown by Nesbitt.
Speaking of Nesbitt, he played a good game finishing 17-22 for 224 yards and 2 touchdowns. He left in the 4th quarter with 2 minutes left with a borken toe. He is not expected to miss any time.
The ground game was dominated by Larry Cox. Cox had 25 carries for 183 yards and 2 touchdowns. His biggest was a broken tackle that gave him a 72 yard touchdown run. " This guy has big shoes to fill and he stepped up" said Millhimes comparing Cox to Dwyer.
Miami QB Jacory Harris was sacked 4 times in the game and threw 2 touchdowns and 4 interceptions as the GT defense came alive in the second half.
With the game tied at 7 in the second quarter, GT took a 14-7 lead with a Larry Cox TD run. Miami would answer back with 14 unanswered points to take a 21-14 lead. The points came off a touchdown pass to answer the GT drive follwed by a 30 yard touchdown run by Miller after a Nesbitt interception. With 1:58 left in the first half and a 4th and 2 at the GT 49, coach Millhimes gambled. He faked a punt with a direct snap to Cox who ran it 4 yards for the first. They capped the drive off with a 30 yard touchdown pass from Nesbitt to Jones to tie the game at 21 to end the half.
Miami took the kickoff from there 35 and began a nice drive that was capped with a 3 yard TD run to give them a 28-21 lead. Nesbitt then once again threw an interception at the Miami 31 yard line. Then, the GT defenes came alive. Jasper picked off Harris on the very first play and returned it 31 yards for the score as GT tied it at 28 heading into the final quarter.
After a Butler interception of Harris, GT got a special run. Cox broke an outside tackle and took it 72 yards for a touchdown and a big 35-28 lead as the fans lost there minds. Miami took the ball right down the field and scored on a Harris to Miller 10 yard touchdown pass to tie it at 38. with 3:55 left. GT then went to work on clock control as the Option carried them down to the Miami 40. Thats where Nesbitt went down with a broken toe. The fans stood silent. Nesbitt gave Shaw a thumbs up as he came off the bench to take over. Shaw threw a 6 yard pass to Jones before letting Cox run the ball on 3 consecutive plays to setu up a 28 yard field goal. The kick was good and it left Miami with 48 seconds and no timeouts as they used them on the previous drive.
Miami used the feet of Jacory Harris as he ran the ball for 19 yards into GT terriroty with 17 seconds left. Then, Harris tried a pass to the left that was tipped by his WR and went right into the hands of Jasper who took it down the sideline for 14 yards before stepping out. The fans lost it as Shaw took a knee and the fans rushed the field. Big win for GT!
|NCAA Stat Leaders|
|1.Jimmy Clausen (ND)||1403|
|2.Taylor Potts (TXTECH)||14|
|3.Ross Jenkins (L.T)||14|
|3.Antwon Baily (SYC)||504|