Primetime College Football: Yellow Jackets vs Hurricanes
The ACC looks like it could be as competitive as ever, after the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets square off against the University of Miami Hurricanes Thursday night, one team will have a slight advantage over the other in the race for the division title.
The ACC doesn’t have a powerhouse program that consistently competes for national championships, and the conference has won only two BCS bowl games since the inception of that system in 1998. While the conference doesn’t have a team ranked in the top 10, it appears to be as deep as it has been in years with four in the Top 25.
Georgia Tech (2-0, 1-0) blew a 24-point lead against the Clemson Tigers before Scott Blair’s 36-yard field goal with 57 seconds remaining sealed the victory. Blair also threw the first touchdown pass of his career on a fake field goal in the first quarter. Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas of Georgia Tech himself caught three passes for 93 yards and a touchdown in helping for the win.
The Miami Hurricanes (1-0, 1-0) found out they have a flare for the dramatic as well, scoring 21 points in the fourth quarter to edge Florida State. Miami is now in the same position it was entering last season’s game against Georgia Tech. The Hurricanes jumped into the poll immediately before playing the Yellow Jackets and trailed by as much as 31 in their 41-23 loss in Atlanta. The defeat kept the Hurricanes out of the ACC championship game. Miami has lost four straight against Georgia Tech, matching its longest skid in the series.
The similarities may be awfully alike but Randy Shannon has yet to have a Hurricane quarterback like Jacory Harris or the speed and versatility of running back Graig Cooper in his tenure as head coach. The 6-foot, 202-pounder returned kickoffs for 177 yards, made an acrobatic catch for a touchdown, and capped the win with a 3-yard TD rush with 1:53 left.
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