by Ben Ennis
PHILADELPHIA – Georgia Tech dropped its third contest 24-2 as the Yellow Jackets struggled to generate any offensive opportunities during its game against Temple.
Going into the contest both teams experienced embarrassing loses with Georgia Tech losing its second home game to FCS foe The Citadel and Temple dropping a road contest to Buffalo even though the Owls went into the game as a 14-point favorite, a 20-17 home win over a 21st ranked Maryland team and 5th in the nation in passing at 392 YPG. Adding to the drama was the return former Owls coach Geoff Collins as the new Yellow Jackets head coach.
Temple defense, known for its toughness, played another exceptional game holding the Yellow Jackets to their lowest total since a 1997 shutout loss to Florida State. “I thought we played one of the best front seven in all of college football,” said Collins. Complementing the front seven, safety Benny Walls recovered a fumble and returned it 74 yards for a touchdown and later intercepted a pass and returned it 65 yards to go along with six tackles. Senior linebacker Shaun Bradley led the Owls with eight tackles.
Coach Collins acknowledges the transformation process the Yellow Jackets are going through but feels the evolution of the offense is lights years better in just a few games. “The game came down to red zone. We had three times inside the 30. We had three turn overs. Turn over in the red zone, we cannot do that,” said Collins.
Offensively, the Owls had a strong running game. The two running backs rushed for more than 200 yards. Freshman Re’ Mahn Davis ran for 135 yards and two touchdowns and Graduate running back Jager Gardner recorded 69 yards. However, the Yellow Jackets held Temple passing attack to just 127 yards.