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2017 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team

The 2017 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team represented the Georgia Institute of Technology during the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Yellow Jackets were led by tenth-year head coach Paul Johnson and played their home games at Bobby Dodd Stadium. They competed as a member of the Coastal Division in the Atlantic Coast Conference. They finished the season 5–6, 4–4 in ACC play to finish in third place in the Coastal Division.

2017 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets logo.svg
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
DivisionCoastal Division
2017 record5–6 (4–4 ACC)
Head coachPaul Johnson (10th season)
Offensive schemeTriple Option[1]
Defensive coordinatorTed Roof (5th season)
Base defense4–3 Multiple
Home stadiumBobby Dodd Stadium
(Capacity: 55,000)
Seasons
← 2016
2018 →
2017 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic Division
No. 4 Clemson xy$^   7 1         12 2  
No. 23 NC State   6 2         9 4  
Boston College   4 4         7 6  
Louisville   4 4         8 5  
Wake Forest   4 4         8 5  
Florida State   3 5         7 6  
Syracuse   2 6         4 8  
Coastal Division
No. 13 Miami xy   7 1         10 3  
No. 24 Virginia Tech   5 3         9 4  
Georgia Tech   4 4         5 6  
Duke   3 5         7 6  
Pittsburgh   3 5         5 7  
Virginia   3 5         6 7  
North Carolina   1 7         3 9  
Championship: Clemson 38, Miami 3
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

Previous seasonEdit

Georgia Tech ended the 2016 season with a 9–4 overall record, 4–4 in the ACC. The Yellow Jackets ended the season winning six of their last seven games, defeating arch-rival Georgia in Athens by a score of 28–27, and finishing the season with a 33–18 win in the TaxSlayer Bowl over Kentucky.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 48:00 p.m.vs. No. 25 Tennessee*ESPNL 41–42 2OT75,107
September 912:30 p.m.No. 5 (FCS) Jacksonville State*ACCRSNW 37–1050,161
September 167:30 p.m.at UCF*ESPNews Cancelled[2]
September 2312:20 p.m.Pittsburgh
  • Bobby Dodd Stadium
  • Atlanta, GA
ACCNW 35–1740,211
September 3012:00 p.m.North Carolina
  • Bobby Dodd Stadium
  • Atlanta, GA
ESPN2W 33–742,805
October 143:30 p.m.at No. 11 Miami (FL)ABCL 24–2555,799
October 217:30 p.m.Wake Forest 
  • Bobby Dodd Stadium
  • Atlanta, GA
ESPNUW 38–2445,224
October 288:00 p.m.at No. 7 ClemsonABC/ESPN2L 10–2480,346
November 43:00 p.m.at VirginiaACCRSNL 36–4038,448
November 1112:20 p.m.No. 17 Virginia Tech
ACCNW 28–2247,909
November 183:30 p.m.at DukeACCRSNL 20–4320,141
November 2512:00 p.m.No. 7 Georgia*
ABCL 7–3855,000
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

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Game summariesEdit

vs TennesseeEdit

1 2 3 4OT2OT Total
No. 25 Volunteers 0 7 7 1477 42
Yellow Jackets 7 7 7 776 41
Overall record Last meeting Result
17–24–2 1987 L, 15–29

Georgia Tech controlled the clock and dominated most of the game yardage wise, but gave up a key score in the final minutes of the 4th quarter. Georgia Tech had 2 missed field goal attempts that sent the game to overtime. During the second overtime, Coach Paul Johnson opted to try for a 2-point conversion to win the game there instead of kicking a point after try to tie the game and continue overtime play. Tennessee's defense came up with the stop and the Volunteers held on to the 1 point victory.

Jacksonville StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 5 (FCS) Gamecocks 0 7 0 0 7
Yellow Jackets 3 7 20 7 37
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0 2009 W, 37–17

Georgia Tech had a poor offensive performance during the first half. Their only score was a touchdown after an interception gave the offense a short field. After some half time adjustments, Tech came storming out and put up 27 unanswered points to win the game.

at UCFEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Yellow Jackets 0
Knights 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–0 2000 W, 21–17

The game was cancelled due to the cleanup for Hurricane Irma.[4]

PittsburghEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 7 10 0 0 17
Yellow Jackets 7 14 7 7 35
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–7 2016 L, 34–37

Coach Pat Narduzzi of Pittsburgh a few days prior to the game criticized Georgia Tech's use of cut blocks during their offensive possessions calling them "dangerous." [5] After Georgia Tech's win, Coach Paul Johnson criticized the Yellow Jacket offense for causing 4 turnovers and said they would not have won had they played a good team as what was described as a "snide" response to Narduzzi.[6]

North CarolinaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Tar Heels 0 0 0 7 7
Yellow Jackets 7 3 14 9 33
Overall record Last meeting Result
28–20–3 2016 L, 20–48

Georgia Tech received the opening kickoff and traded a few short drives with the Tar Heels before scoring on an 18-play drive. From then on, the Jackets dominated on both sides of the ball against a severely injured UNC team by using time of possession to their advantage and smothering the UNC offense. The Tar Heels scored late in the 4th quarter, against Tech's backup defenders, to end a 5-quarter shutout streak. Both Taquon Marshall and Kirvonte Benson tallied over 130 yards rushing each on the day. This was Tech's first win against UNC in 4 years.

at Miami (FL)Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Yellow Jackets 7 7 10 0 24
No. 11 Hurricanes 3 10 3 9 25
Overall record Last meeting Result
11–11 2016 L, 21–25

Tech led most of the game until the 4th quarter when Miami kept its chances alive with a long pass and miraculous catch. Miami would eventually kick the game winning field goal giving the Jackets their 2nd loss of the season.

Wake ForestEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Demon Deacons 7 14 3 0 24
Yellow Jackets 3 10 12 13 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
22–8 2010 W, 24–20

at ClemsonEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Yellow Jackets 3 0 0 7 10
No. 7 Tigers 14 7 3 0 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
50–29–2 2016 L, 7–26

at VirginiaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Yellow Jackets 7 7 14 8 36
Cavaliers 3 10 15 12 40
Overall record Last meeting Result
20–18–1 2016 W, 31–17

Virginia TechEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Hokies 3 6 7 6 22
Yellow Jackets 7 7 7 7 28
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–9 2016 W, 30–20

at DukeEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Yellow Jackets 7 13 0 0 20
Blue Devils 3 17 10 13 43
Overall record Last meeting Result
51–32–1 2016 W, 38–35

GeorgiaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 7 10 14 7 38
Yellow Jackets 0 7 0 0 7
Overall record Last meeting Result
41–65–5 2016 W, 28–27

Despite coming within a touchdown near the end of the first half, Georgia would score 24 unanswered points in their way to a victory. Tech was officially disqualified from bowl eligibility with the loss causing their final record to be one win shy of qualifying.

Coaching staffEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Georgia Tech Football: 2014 Football Information Guide". Georgia Tech Athletic Association. 2014. p. 20. Retrieved February 16, 2015.
  2. ^ "Following Irma, UCF – Georgia Tech Called Off". UCF Athletics (Press release). September 11, 2017. Archived from the original on September 11, 2017. Retrieved September 11, 2017.
  3. ^ 2017 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football schedule. FBSchedules.com. Accessed April 14, 2017.
  4. ^ "Following Irma, UCF - Georgia Tech Called Off". UCF Athletics (Press release). September 11, 2017. Archived from the original on September 11, 2017. Retrieved November 24, 2017.
  5. ^ Sugiura, Ken. "Pat Narduzzi: Georgia Tech using 'dangerous' blocks". ajc.
  6. ^ "Analyzing Georgia Tech's win over Pittsburgh".
  7. ^ "2014 Georgia Tech Football Roster". Georgia Tech Athletic Association. Archived from the original on 2015-02-17. Retrieved February 16, 2015.