2017 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team

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2017 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets logo.svg
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Division Coastal Division
2017 record 5–6 (4–4 ACC)
Head coach Paul Johnson (10th season)
Offensive scheme Triple Option[1]
Defensive coordinator Ted Roof (5th season)
Base defense 4–3 Multiple
Home stadium Bobby Dodd Stadium
(Capacity: 55,000)
Seasons
← 2016
2018 →
2017 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic Division
No. 1 Clemson xy$^   7 1         12 1  
NC State   6 2         8 4  
Boston College   4 4         7 5  
Louisville   4 4         8 4  
Wake Forest   4 4         7 5  
Florida State   3 5         6 6  
Syracuse   2 6         4 8  
Coastal Division
No. 11 Miami xy   7 1         10 2  
No. 22 Virginia Tech   5 3         9 3  
Georgia Tech   4 4         5 6  
Duke   3 5         6 6  
Pittsburgh   3 5         5 7  
Virginia   3 5         6 6  
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
As of December 12, 2017; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2017 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team represents the Georgia Institute of Technology in the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Yellow Jackets are led by tenth-year head coach Paul Johnson and play their home games at Bobby Dodd Stadium. They are a member of the Coastal Division in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Previous season

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.

Schedule

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 4 8:00 p.m. vs. No. 25 Tennessee* Mercedes-Benz StadiumAtlanta, GA (Rivalry/Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game) ESPN L 41–42 2OT  75,107
September 9 12:30 p.m. No. 5 (FCS) Jacksonville State* Bobby Dodd Stadium • Atlanta, GA ACCRSN W 37–10   50,161
September 16 7:30 p.m. at UCF* Spectrum StadiumOrlando, FL ESPNews  Cancelled[2]    
September 23 12:20 p.m. Pittsburgh Bobby Dodd Stadium • Atlanta, GA ACCN W 35–17   40,211
September 30 12:00 p.m. North Carolina Bobby Dodd Stadium • Atlanta, GA ESPN2 W 33–7   42,805
October 14 3:30 p.m. at No. 11 Miami (FL) Hard Rock StadiumMiami Gardens, FL ABC L 24–25   55,799
October 21 7:30 p.m. Wake Forestdagger Bobby Dodd Stadium • Atlanta, GA ESPNU W 38–24   45,224
October 28 8:00 p.m. at No. 7 Clemson Memorial StadiumClemson, SC (Rivalry) ABC/ESPN2 L 10–24   80,346
November 4 3:00 p.m. at Virginia Scott StadiumCharlottesville, VA ACCRSN L 36–40   38,448
November 11 12:20 p.m. No. 17 Virginia Tech Bobby Dodd Stadium • Atlanta, GA (Battle of the Techs) ACCN W 28–22   47,909
November 18 3:30 p.m. at Duke Wallace Wade StadiumDurham, NC ACCRSN L 20–43   20,141
November 25 12:00 p.m. No. 7 Georgia* Bobby Dodd Stadium • Atlanta, GA (Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate) ABC L 7–38   55,000
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

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Game summaries

vs Tennessee

1 2 3 4 OT 2OT Total
No. 25 Volunteers 0 7 7 14 7 7 42
Yellow Jackets 7 7 7 7 7 6 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 State

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 UCF

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

Pittsburgh

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." [4] 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.[5]

North Carolina

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 a 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)

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 Forest

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 Clemson

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 Virginia

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 Tech

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 Duke

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

Georgia

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.

Rankings

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP NR NR NR NR NR RV RV RV RV NR RV RV NR NR  
Coaches RV RV NR NR RV RV RV RV RV NR NR NR NR NR  
CFP Not released NR NR NR NR Not released


Coaching staff

Head Coach Paul Johnson
Name Position Seasons at
Georgia Tech
Alma Mater
Paul Johnson Head Coach 10 Western Carolina (1979)
Craig Candeto Quarterbacks/B-Backs 1 Navy (2004)
Lamar S. Owens Jr. A-Backs/Special Teams Coordinator 10 Maryland (2008)
Al Preston Wide Receivers 10 Hawai'i (1982)
Mike Sewak Offensive Line 10 Virginia (1981)
Ted Roof Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers 5 Georgia Tech (1986)
Andy McCollum Safeties/Recruiting Coordinator 8 Austin Peay State (1981)
Mike Pelton Defensive Line 5 Auburn (1999)
Joe Speed Cornerbacks 8 Navy (1996)
Ron West Co-Offensive Line Coach 2 Clemson (1979)
Reference:[6]

References

  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. Retrieved September 11, 2017. 
  3. ^ 2017 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football schedule. FBSchedules.com. Accessed April 14, 2017.
  4. ^ Sugiura, Ken. "Pat Narduzzi: Georgia Tech using 'dangerous' blocks". ajc. 
  5. ^ "Analyzing Georgia Tech's win over Pittsburgh". 
  6. ^ "2014 Georgia Tech Football Roster". Georgia Tech Athletic Association. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
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