By Don Stone, GeorgiaTechExpress.com
For those thinking this game was going to be a mismatch, they were immediately vindicated. The game was essentially over in the first minute as Ole Miss quickly took their opening drive downfield 75 yards on four plays in just 1:21 to jump up 7-0 and give them all the points they would need on the afternoon at Bobby Dodd Stadium.
The rest of the first half saw equally explosive scoring drives of 1:49 and 1:58 to provide a 21-0 halftime lead.
The Rebels matched that output in the second half as well with three more drives that took a bit longer (3:18, 2:12 and 4:00) to shut out the Yellow Jackets 42-0. And a good bit of the second half was played with second and third teamers on the field for the visitors.
“The defense, a shutout on the road, first time in 8 or 9 years or something like that,” said Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin.
“With playing a lot of people. I think we played every person we brought.”
The domination was evident in the stats with Ole Miss compiling 547 yards of offense to Tech’s 214 (316 rushing to 53). The deceptive time of possession was virtually even.
“That was hard,” Georgia Tech head coach Geoff Collins said. “Not up to the standard of Georgia Tech football. That completely falls on me as the head football coach. I thought we were prepared. I thought we had a good plan. I thought we were ready to handle any adversity that showed. But I don’t know if there’s any positives to take out of that, offensively, defensively or special teams.”
The 1-2 Yellow Jackets head south to Orlando for another tough game at Central Florida on Saturday. The Knights are coming off a convincing win of their own defeating Florida Atlantic 40-14.
Game time has been announced as 4:00 p.m. It will be televised on ESPNU.