Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Georgia Tech, Your #1!
Cone with the game winning touchdown catch
Arizona- What a way to go out on top. Georiga Tech came in underdogs and proved to the nation that they did indeed belong in the National Title game. GT found themselves down by 31-28 with 34 seconds left when Josh Nesbitt took control and hit Thomas for a 45 yard play down to the UF 3 before hitting Cone on a 2 yard touchdown pass with 6 seconds left as #2 Georgia Tech held on with an amazing 35-31 win over #1 Florida in the National Title game.
Josh Nesbitt proved all critics wrong with an awesome performance. Nesbitt went 11-14for 178 yards and 4 touchdowns while throwing 0 interceptions.
"This is what we worked for" said Coach Millhimes while taking his Gatoraide Bath.
The game was 14-7 at the half before both teams offenses exploded in the second half.
The first half was dominated by defense. Both teams struggled to convert key third downs. The main player for the Georgia Tech team was Larry Cox. Cox had 53 yards in the first half and finished with 74. GT went on top early 7-0 when Nesbitt hit Thomas from 12 yards out.
Big runs on returns were the key to victory in this one. Jones returned a second quarter kick 75 yards to the UF 15 setting up the go ahead touchdown at the half.
The third quarter was a strong one for both offenses. Florida came out and went down the field with ease on pass plays. The cap was a Brantley to Parks 11 yard touchdown diving catch on 3rd and 4 to tie it at 14.
Parks Makes a Diving catch in the 3rd quarter
Nesbitt would answer back when he hit Thomas for a huge 33 yard touchdown pass at the end of the third to make it 21-14 GT.
The Georgia Tech defensive line was all over Brantley most of the game. They had 5 sacks and were putting him in bad situations. Florida climbed back into the scoring drive with a big conversion on a 3rd and 18 to start the 4th. They settled for a field goal to make it 21-17.
Gt would miss a golden opportunity missing a key 3rd and 2 run play. Florida would get the ball back and drive down the field with awesome passing. Brantley goes 4-4 on the drive for 58 yards and Demps takes it in from 2 yards out to give Florida a 24-21 lead with 1:30 left
Thats when all hell breaks loose. Florida kicked it into the GT endzone where Thomas had taken knee's the previous two times. Thomas gets the kickoff and brings it out and breaks 4 tackles on route to a 107 yard touchdown return and a 28-24 lead with 1:00 minute left.
To much time for Florida. UF goes down the field on 4 plays and scores when Brantley hits Thompson on a key 28 yard touchdown with 34 seconds left and retake the lead 31-28 with no hope for GT.
Nesbitt and GT takes the ball at the GT 40 and makes it happend! After a quick 11 yard pass play from Nesbitt to Jones and a timeout, Thomas does it again. Nesbitt chuncks up a pass with man to man coverage and Thomas catches it at the UF 3 yard line. Nesbitt then hit Cone from 2 yards out to take the lead for GT with 6 seconds left.
GT does a pooch kick to the UF 45 yard line. Florida tries to make something happend but cant and it gives them 3 seconds left. Brantley goes back for a Hail Mary to end the game and is sacked by Walls to end the game and the fans errupt.
Brantley finished the game 19-22 for 267 yards and 2 touchdowns. Demps went for 80 yards and 2 TD's on 20 Attempts.
Thomas finished the game with 4 receptions for 90 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Good thing GT won the National Title game this year. 22 Seniors on this team including Nesbitt, Thomas, Cox, and most of there Secondary. Once again, thank you for following the National Champions. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
See you next year!