The Canes were back home after a series of tough road trips to face #20 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. You could tell from the fans booing as the Canes shook the GT players hands before the game due to the ACC Sportsmanship Week that the fans wanted a big game from their Canes. The game started off right, as safety JoJo Nicolas intercepted a pass on GT’s first offensive play. The Canes went on to score on a two yard run by Mike James. After numerous punts from both side, punter Botts punted a perfect ball and as GT’s return man called for the fair catch, he fumbled it and JoJo Nicolas recovered it in the endzone for the score. GT’s triple option was getting stuffed but a 80 yard drive, mostly composed of sweeps and counters helped them score on a one yard midline iso play by quarterback Tevin Washington. After a big return by Travis Benjamin, a 24 yard run by Lamar Miller gave the Canes the 21-7 lead going into halftime and after a scoreless third, the Canes kicked a field goal and got the win.
Jacory Harris was not that efficient, going 8 of 23 for 140 yards. His lone interception came off a dropped pass that landed right into a GT’s defenders arm and can’t blame him for that. Lamar Miller ran for 93 but once again, sported a low YPC, 3.3. Miller is like a ticking bomb, there was a few plays where the crowd were on their feet but a shoe string tackle stopped the Miller from getting a big gain. Tommy Streeter continues to shine as a deep threat and a solid option in the slot and at split. He is big bodied and has deceptive speed for a guy his size. He caught three passes for 96 yards, and most of them were big, first down catches. I would like to see the Canes use his big body and leaping ability more in the redzone.
I have to give the Canes coaching staff their props as they held GT to 134 rushing yards. Some of the lineup changes were putting Sean Spence inside and starting JoJo Nicolas instead of Ray Ray at strong safety. They also had a very healthy rotation of lineman and safety. Everyone was flying, no one was tired and Ray Ray made a few big plays when he was in. The Canes also had just one penalty, which shows that this is very discipline team. Anthony Chickillo got a sack, bringing his season total to 3.5 and he is just a true freshman.
Al Golden’s hand is all over this team, they play hard, they play fast and they play to the whistle. Sean Spence is my candidate for every award he can win, he was all over the field. Guard Jon Feliciano hurt himself while celebrating Miller’s 26 yard touchdown run at the end of the half and did not re-enter the game. The Canes welcome the Virginia Cavaliers, who upseted the Yellow Jackets but lost to the Wolfpacks this week.