Scheming Between The Tackles

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Paul Johnson outschemed Bud Foster on Saturday.
Paul Johnson outschemed Bud Foster on Saturday.

That was a tough game to watch on Saturday. Virginia Tech continued to make mistake after mistake from the start to end of the game. They actually looked like a team that just watched North Carolina lose Thursday night, and expected their game to be in the bag. Even when playing at home in Lane Stadium, this team still has to learn how to bring energy and focus every single game. A team like Georgia Tech won’t just lie down like some small directional school. They are led by head coach Paul Johnson, who coaches his players like a drill sergeant. Therefore, there should have been no surprise the Yellow Jackets would come to Blacksburg well-prepared and determined to win. That was apparent the minute the game kicked off.

Last week we looked at how Virginia Tech defended the triple-option offense in previous years. Defensive coordinator Bud Foster has fared well against Georgia Tech’s offense, which made this game even more unusual now that we know the outcome. Granted, the defense played strong early and forced several punts. In the first three series of the game, the defense only allowed two field goals, then a three and out on the third drive. That’s when Hokies fans, like myself, felt the offense would pick up some steam and possibly take the lead after only being down 6-0. However, the mistakes continued as Jérod Evans threw an interception, which created yet another sudden change for the defense.

That’s when Georgia Tech began to make offensive adjustments, and created some running lanes inside.

Struggles Between the Tackles

The Yellow Jackets’ coaching staff knows the triple-option