“Every team is different,” Tech coach Paul Johnson said. “I think this is the second time he’s been in Bobby Dodd with Miami, so he’s 1-1.”
Tech’s defense held the Hurricanes to 21 points Saturday. The Jackets defense also held Miami to 299 total yards, the Hurricanes’ least amount of yards this season. Miami didn’t help its cause, turning the ball over three times and allowing Tech’s offense over 30 minutes in possession.
The Jackets took advantage of Miami’s self-inflicted mistakes to gather a bigger lead over a nationally ranked defense. A fumbled kickoff return and a dropped kickoff catch set up 10 points for Tech.
“I love the ball,” defensive back Charlie Thomas said. “Seeing them with it, I just want to go get it.”
Tech quarterback TaQuon Marshall led the Jackets to their first win over a Richt team in Atlanta. Marshall rushed for 92 yards and two touchdowns against a Hurricanes defense that is ranked second nationally in total defense.
“He’s been involved in every single meeting and every single rep in practice,” Stewart said. “He still wasn’t 100 percent tonight, but he really did his studying and his practicing. I am looking forward to what’s to come in these next two games.”
With help from Miami’s costly mistakes, Tech claimed its sixth victory this season for bowl eligibility. The Jackets improved its winning streak to three games heading into another ACC matchup against Virginia on Nov. 17.