By Don Stone, GeorgiaTech Express.com
Its been difficult to read this year’s Georgia Tech football team. It’s been uneven to say the least.
One week, they look impressive, another week they look average.
They win against a team where they were the underdog and lose to a team they were supposed to beat.
Saturday was a bit different. They were not favored to win over Pitt and didn’t. But, losing 52-21 was unexpected.
Coming off a great 45-22 victory over a ranked North Carolina team at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the Yellow Jackets were optimistic. But the way the Panthers had been scoring, that was probably misplaced.
They had put up over 40 points over UMass, Tennessee and Western Michigan and had just shellacked New Hampshire 77-7.
The first two drives of this game were a microcosm of what Tech fans would see all day at Bobby Dodd Stadium.
On their opening drive, Jeff Sims ran for 23 yards but then had his first pass attempt deflected and brought downn by Deslin Alexandre. Seven plays later, the Panthers were ahead 7-0 on an Israel Abanikanda 9 yard TD run.
Less than a minute later, Sims’ second pass attempt was a pick six caught and returned to the end zone by John Petrishen.
Quickly, the Jackets had dug themselves a 14-0 hole.
Tech would get it back to 14-7 only to see Pittsburgh add another to return the lead to 14 points at 21-7.
That increased to 28-7 before the Jackets got another score in a desperate attempt to keep up with the potent visitor’s offense.
But, it was impossible to get close as the Panthers had 35, then 42, then 49.
Tech would get a meaningless third score but way too little too late in the final lopsided score of 52-21.
Now the Jackets have another winnable game at a Duke a 3-2 Blue Devils team that just lost to those same Tar Heels 38-7.
Kickoff is Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and can be seen locally on Bally Sports South.