Gray led Tech in tackles with nine, a career high, and played a second game in a row in which he was impactful.
It was Tech’s second fumble recovery of the half after Tech had had just gained three fumble recoveries in the first seven games.
It was reminiscent of White’s strip of Pitt running back James Conner in 2014, when White chased down Conner inside the Tech 5-yard line and forced a fumble that rolled out of the end zone, giving the Jackets the ball on a touchback. It was a momentum-changing play for Tech, who went on to win the game 56-28.
“It was a great effort play by A.J. to save the score,” coach Paul Johnson said. “It was a great effort play. You’d like to see the guy not running down the middle of the field untouched, but it was a great effort play by A.J. Gray.”
Said quarterback Justin Thomas, “That was huge.”