These short takes are presented as a companion to the Georgia Tech column off Saturday’s game. Tech lost to Georgia 38-7.
1. Believe it or not, the day could have gone worse for the Yellow Jackets. Freshman Jerry Howard bobbled the opening kickoff. He scurried into the end zone to recover the ball and barely exited before being tackled. A replay review ensued, apparently to check if Howard had indeed avoided a safety. Instead the ball was moved from the Tech 1 to the 25. Howard had put his hand above his eyes before the kick reached him, seemingly to shield his eyes from the sun. Replay officials deemed this a signal for a fair catch, which given his retrieval of the ball should yield a touchback. This was, it must be said, a most charitable interpretation. Also of note: Howard wasn’t deployed as a returner on Georgia’s next few kickoffs.