Upshaw’s pass was incomplete on second down and Tech stopped Montay Crockett for a 7-yard gain on third-and-12 on the 19-yard line.
Tech’s offense took advantage of the stop to tack on another touchdown on a 65-yard pass from Thomas to Clinton Lynch.
Defensive coordinator Ted Roof has said twice in the past two weeks that he has theories why Tech's defense has had trouble on the opening possession, but each time declined to say what they were. Roof moved from coaching on the field to the box for the first time this season.
Johnson said it didn’t matter to him if Roof coached on the field or in the box. He said he actually thought Roof coached better from the box. It’s something Johnson said he considered doing also.
Tech’s players have said they needed to increase their focus and energy.