Sept. 16, 2006
By Eric Mirlis
Senior Editor, CSTV.com
Eric Mirlis is Senior Editor for CSTV.com and covers various collegiate sports.
Don't let the final score fool you. When the third quarter came to a close, this was a tie ballgame. But two weeks of facing far-superior opposition finally caught up with the Trojans, enabling the Yellow Jackets to pull away in the final fifteen minutes for a 35-20 victory.
Teams from the Sun Belt Conference aren't supposed to be inhospitable guests. So far this season, the rest of the conference has followed that rule, going 2-10 in non-conference games against Division I-A opponents entering the day. They are ranked last in the Dell Power Grid for that reason. Look at some of the scores so far in those games: Texas A&M 51, Louisiana-Lafayette 7.
But it looks like no one told
To be honest, it was tough to understand how the Trojans were hanging around. Georgia Tech was connecting on big plays. Reggie Ball was running the ball as effectively as another quarterback that plays in
At the same time, for every positive moment the Yellow Jackets had, they also gave something right back. Ball was wildly ineffective passing the ball, missing open receivers on a regular basis and making star receiver Calvin Johnson do all the work when the two tried to hook up. Johnson himself got banged up late in the first quarter, then missed a couple series and never got going and had just two catches for nine yards, his least productive day in a Yellow Jacket uniform. They were also flagged for a borderline personal foul on a hit by defensive end Michael Johnson while Troy quarterback Omar Haugabook was scrambling that led directly to the first Trojan touchdown.
Whatever the reasons,
"We told our team at halftime that we had another chance to win a game,"
When Georgia Tech went ahead early in the fourth, though, you couldn't help but think that was it. It was. In the blink of an eye, the score was 35-14 Tech. Troy had finally run out of steam, and back-to-back games against
Regardless of the final score,
"I'm proud of our team. We're just not quite as deep as they are."
This isn't the way it is supposed to be when schools like Georgia Tech schedule schools like
"We're gaining on them," said Blakeney. "We just can't look back. We've got