By Don Stone, GeorgiaTechExpress.com
Georgia Tech continues to be an enigma this season.
On the road in the ACC, they play tough with big wins at Wake Forest and Miami. At home, excluding a throwaway game vs South Carolina State, they have struggled to gain consistency.
The Jackets played a good Louisville team close at Mercedes-Benz Statium but lost 39-34. They inexplicably lost 38-27 to an inferior Bowling Green.
And, now, they jumped out to an impressive 23-17 lead over Boston College, only to have the Eagles flip a switch and completely dominate in the fourth quarter with 21 unanswered points.
To the Yellow Jackets’ credit, they went into the locker room at halftime down 17-10 and came out swinging when Ahmari Harvey got an interception in the end zone to end a BC drive. Then QB Haynes King sprinted for a 71 yard touchdown score to tie it at 17.
After a missed Boston College field goal, Tech went right back down field and got their first lead with an Avery Boyd 19 yard TD catch. Unfortunately, they missed the extra point leaving the lead at 23-17.
From there, it was all BC with running back Kye Robichaux punching it in to get the lead back 24-23.
Quarterback Thomas Castellanos broke free for a 43 yard TD on a fourth and one and it was quickly 31-23.
No coming back after that as King was picked off at the BC40 by Elijah Jones, who seemed to know where King was throwing it before King did. Robichaux burst free for a 57 yard run, then scored again from 3 yards out to make the lead 15 at 38-23.
Jones was at it again with another interception at BC’s 20. The three INT’s were triple what their team had coming into the game.
Eight players had at least one catch as the defense gave up 563 yards of offense. Robichaux was also a wrecking ball with 165 on the ground himself.
One concern has to be why they didn’t seem to be focusing on Castellanos, who time and again, broke free and ran up and down the field. They knew coming in that he was a threat to run as he led all FBS QBs with 83.3 rushing yards. He added 128 more with two TDs on the ground on 13 carries. He also completed 17 of 29 passes for 255 yards.
For those who were optimistic that Tech could become bowl eligible with six wins for the first time in years, this loss appears to end those thoughts.
At 3-4, its hard to find three more wins on a schedule with #10 North Carolina, at Virginia, who just beat the Tar Heels, at Clemson, who always beats the Jackets, Syracuse and UGA.
Next up, UNC comes to town licking their wounds after the Cavs loss that will surely drop them out of the top 10.
They finally announced that it will be an 8:00 prime time game on Saturday shown on the ACC Network.
Night games are always fun at Bobby Dodd. This one is also Homecoming and will feature a Paul Johnson On-Campus Salute.