When Las Vegas released a betting line for Georgia Tech’s game with Alabama A&M that began over 50 points, it was fairly clear what the disparity looked like between the two teams. However, when the two teams matched up, it was even more lopsided than anticipated.
The Yellow Jackets let by a daunting 52-0 score before the half (not a misprint), and utterly cruised to a 59-point victory by playing the 3rd-and-4th string options throughout the closing half. Tech attempted only 6 passes in the game (thanks to the margin and A&M’s inability to stop the run), and the Jackets rushed for over 400 yards (428 to be exact) in route to the dominant win.
David Sims led the way for Tech statistically with an 8-carry, 111-yard effort that doubled as his career high in yardage, but Zach Laskey (100 yards on three carries), Broderick Snoddy, Tim Byerly, and Dennis Andrews all got into the act with 50+ yards on the ground. The most telling statistic was the fact that the Jackets averaged over 8 yards per carry on 52 attempts (including 8 touchdowns), and while I could go on with evidence for days, you can get the picture by now.
There isn’t much to take away from what was an embarrassingly mismatched game, but on the bright side for Paul Johnson, his team didn’t take the opponent lightly in dismantling the visiting Bulldogs. Now, it is (finally) appropriate to shift the collective mind set toward next week’s visit by the Georgia Bulldogs, and it’s been a long time coming.