By Don Stone, Georgia Tech Express
Saturday’s game at Bobby Dodd Stadium could be looked at as a series of missed opportunities and a breakdown in the secondary allowing one huge play downfield after another.
As far as the missed chances, Georgia Tech jumped ahead 21-7 early in the second quarter only to relinquish that lead within five minutes of play.
Boston College failed on a pair of consecutive on side kicks giving the Yellow Jackets the ball each time in BC territory. Their insuing drives lost six yards and gained 14 with no points to show for the great field position.
By the end of the first half, the Eagles had tacked on 21 unanswered points to go up 28-24.
The third quarter saw another squandered chance when Tech got the ball to the 12 yard line only to have Jordan Yates intercepted at the 3 by Jaiden Woodbey.
But the Jackets still had a chance when Jahmyr Gibbs ran it into the end zone to pull to within a point, 31-30 with 8:59 left in the game. Brent Cimaglia missed the PAT attempt to keep Boston College up by that single point.
The defense gave up another BC touchdown and field goal with Tech unable to add anything with the final score 41-30.
But most of the problems were the fault of a porous secondary that saw QB Phil Jurkovec toss one bomb downfield after another, many with no Tech defender in sight.
The opening drive of the game had Jaelen Gill come down with a 24 yard catch followed immediately by a 48 yard completion to Zay Flowers. That one got them a touchdown.
After the Jackets got up 21-7, BC came roaring back courtesy of a 47 yard Flowers TD catch. Another bomb for 38 yards found Trae Barry.
Overall, the Eagles had 310 total passing yards with a 65% completion rate for Jurkovec, who threw for five touchdowns.
The victory made Boston College bowl eligible at 6-4. But, not so for the Yellow Jackets, who sit at 3-5 on the season. Any faint hopes of a bowl appearance evaporated with that loss. You need six wins to be eligible and the next two games are against top 10 teams…at Notre Dame and at home with undefeated 9-0 Georgia, the #1 team in the country.