2009 Georgia Tech Game Analysis: Jackets Stay Just out of Hokies’ Reach

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This analysis is going to be a little different. Normally, I try to review
the offense and defense evenly and mix in a break down of the big plays. I will
touch on what was a disappointing first half performance by the VT offense, as
well as cover a few of the big plays, but a large portion of this article will
focus on Georgia Tech’s option offense, how Bud Foster planned to defend it and
the sequence of punch/counter punch adjustments that were set in motion in the
second half of the game.

Let’s get right to it … we will start with a more concise review of the VT
offense.

VT Offense vs. GT Defense

This was supposed to be another opportunity for the VT offense to make a
statement against what had been a pretty porous GT defense. It didn’t turn out
that way.

Instead, it was the GT defense that set the early tone, knocking the VT
offense back on its heels. The offense had great field position for the first
three series of the game, but was unable to put any points on the board. Led by
DE Derrick Morgan, the GT defensive front dominated play at the line of
scrimmage. He was a disruptive force, both in the running game and in the
passing game.

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    Hokies were in prime position to score on the first series, but it was
    Morgan that foiled the plan. On 3rd and 12 from the GT 38, the Hokies went
    shotgun with trips receivers to the top. It was a three man route with max
    protection inside (Boone and Oglesby stayed in to protect). GT all-out
    blitzed, but it was Morgan that forced the play. He beat Blake DeChristopher
    with a hard outside rush that immediately forced Tyrod Taylor up inside
    toward the blitzing LBs. To compound matters, Josh Oglesby missed his
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