But the Bulldogs’ offense got the ball back with 42 seconds remaining after a kickoff return to the Georgia 30 and drove 50 yards in only four plays, including a 23-yard pass from Jake Fromm to Javon Wims. Fromm then spiked the ball to stop the clock to set up a 37-yard field goal.
Georgia scored three touchdowns in the second half -- and that might have ended Roof’s tenure at Tech. He is in his fifth season under Johnson and the Jackets did not make progress, despite a starting defense with six seniors and five juniors.
The level of talent on Tech’s defensive side of the ball can always be questioned. But there’s no excuse for poor tackling and a consistently anemic pass rush.
Better defense might have enabled Tech to win its season opener against Tennessee (lost 42-41 in double overtime), Miami, Virginia.
Roof has lasted longer than his two predecessors as Johnson’s defensive coordinator: David Wommack made it through only two seasons and Al Groh for 2-1/2. (Charles Kelly, the interim replacement for Groh, finished the 2012 season after Groh’s firing and could have stayed but left for Florida State after the season.)
Johnson was evasive in the postgame when asked about Roof. Via Ken Sugiura : "I think Ted Roof's coached a long time. He's a good football coach. He's coached at places that have won a lot of games. Just like everything else, we'll look at it all and evaluate it. We didn't exactly set the woods on fire on offense in the second half."
Just their own team.
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