A.J. Gray and Lamont Simmons were in on it again. With a chance to stop an opposing team’s drive, both Georgia Tech defensive backs had a chance to knock down a pass, but instead tipped it to an opposing wide receiver.
in Saturday's game at Bobby Dodd Stadium against Virginia Tech, the Hokies faced a third-and-14 from their 22. Quarterback Josh Jackson was facing pressure from Tech’s defense. He hoisted a prayer down the right sideline, where Gray and Simmons both had a shot to intercept it.
However, they both leaped at the same time and the ball bounced off both their fingertips then off Gray’s head, then into the hands of Hokies’ wide receiver Eric Kumah for a 26-yard gain.
Virginia Tech scored a touchdown later in the drive to cut the Yellow Jackets’ lead to 21-16 at the end of the third quarter.
The play was eerily reminiscent of the ending in the Miami game when Gray and Simmons had a chance to end Miami’s game-winning drive on a fourth-and-10 by knocking a pass away. In that game as well, the football bounced off the hand and helmet of Simmons and into the receiver’s arms.