2017 ACC Football: Coastal Division Power Rankings week 7

CHAPEL HILL, NC - OCTOBER 14: Michael Carter
CHAPEL HILL, NC - OCTOBER 14: Michael Carter /
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MIAMI GARDENS, FL – OCTOBER 14: Lamont Simmons
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – OCTOBER 14: Lamont Simmons /

Crash My Party

Georgia Tech probably has felt they had not earned the recognition they felt they deserved this season. They were one of the nation’s top rushing teams, and if not for a failed two-point conversion, would have been undefeated going into the Miami game.

So, the Yellow Jackets probably saw the Hurricanes as their chance at a coming out party. Miami was a top-15 squad and the contest was on the road. Georgia Tech had also gained a week of rest over the Hurricanes thanks to some schedule rearranging.

If there was a time for the Yellow Jackets to enter the national stage, this was it. One problem, Malik Rosier decided to crash that party.

Georgia Tech was in place to pull the upset. They led 24-13 late in the third quarter and were up two points with two and half minutes remaining in the game. They had enforced their will on the Hurricanes rushing for 226 yards.

The defense had done its job too, holding Miami to 2-of-12 on third downs, including stopping them on third and 11 on the Hurricane’s final drive. However, it was the play that followed that was the killer.

Miami was fourth and ten on the Georgia Tech 43 yard line. A penalty had taken the Canes out of field goal range and the Yellow Jackets were in position to win. Then Malik Rosier hit Darrell Langham for a 28-yard pass and four plays later Miami kicked a field goal to beat Georgia Tech by one.

The Yellow Jackets two losses this season have come by a combined two points. They will now have to regroup as they welcome in a Wake team this week coming off a bye but on a two-game losing streak. Coach Paul Johnson is hoping that they won’t be party crashers as well.