SOUTH BEND, Ind. - If the first half is any indication, it could be a long year for Notre Dame.
Demetrius Jones was ineffective at quarterback. He only completed 1-3 passes for 4 yards and had only 28 yards rushing on 12 carries.
The switch to Sharpley worked for two plays, which were completed passes for nine yards. After that, he took a beating on some delayed blitzes that the line didn't pick up.
In fact, Jones was under a lot of duress when he tried to pass also. Notre Dame's line is being bamboozled, and sometimes just manhandled by Georgia Tech. The Irish weren't even pretending to mount a passing game in the first half, but the run wasn't doing much either.
When the Irish have done some good things, they have shot themselves in the foot to make up for it. The most egregious error was Brown's penalty and ejection after the Irish stopped Georgia Tech on third down. That turned out to be a seven point mistake.
Tech was also very committed to the run early, and that is still the bread-and-butter for the Yellow Jackets. Tashard Choice had 16 carries for 110 yards and a score in the first half and he's been the best player on the field by far. Choice has now gone over 100 yards for the eighth straight game, a Georgia Tech record.
The Jackets will be without safety Joe Gaston in the second half after he went out with an injured hamstring. CB Jahi Word-Daniels left with a head injury and may yet return.
The only thing injured on the Irish sideline is their pride. We'll see what they have in the second half, which will start with Tech receiving the kick.