After the third series, which put the Jackets ahead 14-3, Tech had seven more possessions, not counting a one-play clock-killing drive to end the first half. They produced one field goal and 140 yards on 43 plays. The A-backs gained just 25 more yards on rushing attempts. Tech’s 226 rushing yards was far below its season average of 396 yards per game in its first four games.
“I think for the most part we took away the dive,” Diaz said. “We took away the play right up the middle of the football field. And the University of Miami, we should be able to run sideline to sideline. If we get the thing going east and west, once we kind of got our support better, I felt better about our chances.”
Tech often had trouble blocking on the perimeter, failing to put defensive backs and linebackers to the ground to give the A-backs room to run.
“The lane was getting closed,” coach Paul Johnson said. “We weren’t getting a linebacker sealed. It was the little things. Then, when you try to do something else, it doesn’t work, you get behind (schedule to convert a first down).”