Eric Russell

Yellow Jackets' Rushing Won't Beat Clemson

Created on Nov. 14, 2013 6:51 PM EST

It's going to take much more than the Yellow Jackets vaunted rushing attack to knock off Clemson tonight in Death Valley. Sure, Georgia Tech has had success running the ball on teams, and Clemson has given up some big plays in the run game on defense. However, Georgia Tech has one glaring problem: the Yellow Jackets haven't performed well against the ACC's top quarterbacks.

Stephen Morris and Logan Thomas both had efficient games against Georgia Tech and led their teams to victory. Morris threw for 324 yards and three touchdowns, while completing 17 of 22 passes. Thomas went 19-for-25 on pass attempts and finished with 221 yards and a touchdown. Tajh Boyd comes in as the ACC's second-leading passer with 2,620 yards and 20 touchdowns. He has also completed 65 percent of his passes, and unlike Morris and Thomas, doesn't have double-digit interceptions on the season.

Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson said it best when discussing his teams chances. Johnson spoke of trying to limit Clemson's time on offense.

"They're used to 18 possessions in the game, Johnson said yesterday in the ACC teleconference. "If we play correctly, maybe it might be 12 ... So that's how we've got to play." 

If the Yellow Jackets can't limit the Tigers' possessions, Johnson's 53rd-ranked pass defense could be in for a long night. In addition, Georgia Tech cannot afford to fall behind early. Vad Lee has shown some positive things in the passing game, but in the team's three losses he has made some key mistakes late while attempting to come back  

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