Georgia Tech is known as a run-first and often offense that controls time of possession. Going into the game, Vanderbilt knew its keys to victory were to stop the run and maintain ball control and field position. Well on the first play of the game, Yellow Jackets quarterback Justin Thomas threw an 81-yard touchdown pass to B-back Marcus Marshall.
But, Georgia Tech run reputation prevailed with the Yellows Jackets rushing for 289 yards versus 85 yards for the ‘Dores. The Yellow Jackets average yards per rush was 6.3 versus 2.8 for Vanderbilt. Vanderbilt did manage to balance the total number of offense plays 61 versus 63 for Georgia Tech and actually held the ball longer 30:28 versus 29:32 for the Yellow Jackets. However, the Commodores star running back Ralph Webb only netted 69 rushing yards. Yet, Yellow Jackets Justin Thomas accounted for 84 rushing yards and kept pace with Vanderbilt quarterback Kyle Shurmur passing yards throwing for 136 yards as opposed to Shumur’s 149 yards.
‘I was proud of the way our kids played. I thought we played pretty good other than the penalties,” Georgia Tech Head Coach Paul Johnson said. “We were pretty efficient offensively and we wanted to gear up to stop the run.” The Yellow Jackets held Vanderbilt to under 100 rushing yards.
Vanderbilt Head Coach Derek Mason said, “I’ve got to give credit to Georgia Tech. I thought they played well in all phases.” For Vanderbilt, Mason said, “There were just too many missed tackles, defensively.” On bright spot was that their defensive star, Zach Cunningham accounted for seven (7) tackles.