Florida State struggled to put Georgia Tech football away late, and the Yellow Jackets prevailed on the road. What did we learn from this ugly win?
Florida State and Georgia Tech met in Tallahassee for the first time since 2009. The weather in this game seemed as if it was trying to make sure these teams would extend that layoff. If you survived the nearly two-hour lighting delay and all the injury timeouts, you were treated to an exciting finish.
The game got off to a hot start with Asante Samuel Jr. picking off freshman quarterback Jeff Sims. James Blackman led the FSU offense in taking advantage of that interception with an efficient touchdown drive. This is where the weather delay came in and may have stopped the momentum of FSU early.
Once the game resumed, Georgia Tech struggled converting deep inside Florida State territory. The Yellow Jackets offense went on brutal run including: a punt, another interception and two blocked field goals.
Florida State struggled to take advantage of these mistakes only putting up three points off those changes of possession. Blackman was not able to keep the same energy from the first drive. He was late on his reads which led to stagnant drives and allowed Georgia Tech to creep back in.
The second half was all Georgia Tech. They were pushing the ball offensively and defensively were able to put significant pressure on Blackman.
Blackman was strip sacked by Curtis Ryans late in the fourth quarter allowing Jude Kelley to be in position to hit the go ahead field goal.
What did we learn in the nearly six hours of this Georgia Tech versus Florida State matchup?