Expect A New Look Or Two From Tech

By Adam Caparell - September 12, 2007


To say Georgia Tech has breezed in its first two games would be an understatement. The Yellow Jackets have outscored their opponents 102-17, averaging a robust 442 yards per game. But after two early romps, Chan Gailey's squad gets its first real test of the season Saturday in Boston College.

The Yellow Jackets defense - one of the better defenses in the ACC on paper - gets ready for Matt Ryan, the ACC's best quarterback and among its the leader in nearly every passing category.

"I don't think it's a test just to single out the corners. It's a test for our pass defense and our pass rush," Gailey said. "The thing that is unique about Boston College is that they are a dual-threat offense. They can run it, and run it well, and they can throw it, and throw it well. That's one of the reasons that they are 2-0 against good football teams."

It will be interesting to see how the Yellow Jackets stack up against a legitimate offensive team for the first time this season. After undressing Notre Dame in Week 1, Tech blistered D-IAA Samford in Week 2 and the Tech defense has yet to be pushed. They dominated the woeful Irish - sacking the trio of Charlie Weis quarterbacks nine times - and smothered Samford so badly that Gailey pulled most of his starters after the first quarter.

Now they face an Eagles team that is averaging 417 yards per game, second best in the conference behind the Yellow Jackets, against two conference games - Wake Forest and NC State.

But one thing Gailey certainly hopes for is a repeat performance from the Eagles wide receivers who had an issue hanging onto the ball against the Wolfpack.

"We can't function that way," BC coach Jeff Jagodzinski said. "Our offense didn't have an explosive play in the pass game this past week. That's not a good sign, so we're going to work really hard on that this week."

Switching sides of the ball for Tech, there's one area Gailey could have a decided advantage. Thanks to those easy first two games, the Yellow Jackets haven't had to show much of their passing attack. QB Taylor Bennett has thrown the bal justl 31 times - only nine times against Samford - and there figures to be some new looks Saturday.

"We have some things that we haven't done, and that we will be doing not only in this week, but in weeks to come," Gailey said. "You can't throw all those things that you've practiced in the spring and in the preseason out there in one week, so we will be doing some different things."

Posted by Adam Caparell at 04:59 PM on September 12, 2007
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Either way it goes, it is gonna be a great game!

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