Friday was a day of new beginnings, both on and off the field. Early in the day, it was confirmed that the ACC will be adding Stanford, Cal, and SMU to its ranks. The AFLAC Kickoff Game featured two coaches starting their first full seasons with their new programs at Georgia Tech and Louisville football.
As the first half came to a close in Atlanta, it looked like Georgia Tech may run away with the game. They had a 28-13 lead heading into the break and all the momentum in the world. Jeff Brohm’s Louisville football team didn’t quit, however, cutting the Yellow Jacket lead to just five points entering the fourth quarter.
Louisville took the 29-28 lead with 8:08 remaining, and they would never give it back. Haynes King and Georgia Tech looked as though they may have a counter-punch in them, but the Louisville defense put a stop to that, forcing a fumble after a huge Dezmond Tell sack.
A couple of plays later, Jawhar Jordan took the rock to the house on a 74-yard scoring run to put Louisville ahead 36-28 with 3:41 remaining, and a Brock Travelstead field goal with 2:37 put the game out of reach at 39-28.
Tech didn’t quit, finding the end zone with 1:07 to bring the score to 39-34, but it was too little, too late. Louisville retrieved the onside kick and hung on to take home the victory in an exciting Friday night affair in the ACC.
What’d we learn?