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Saturday, October 27, 2012
Jackets' woes continue in loss to BYU

By Heather Dinich

Georgia Tech's defensive problems didn't disappear with Al Groh.

The former defensive coordinator was fired during the bye week two weeks ago, but Georgia Tech's issues run deeper than Groh's inability to relate to his players and get them to execute a difficult two-gap defensive philosophy. The Jackets were outplayed and beaten soundly in a 41-17 home loss to BYU on Saturday, lending credence to the critics who say Paul Johnson needs to do more with his own recruits. Changing schemes and coordinators isn't going to help if the players can't tackle or run.

On Saturday, they couldn't score, either.

The Jackets' usually productive offense was equally as troubling against the Cougars, who deserve credit for a stout defensive performance. Georgia Tech couldn't get anything going on third downs -- nothing. The Jackets were 0-for-10 on third-down conversions, were outrushed and outgained, and couldn't stop Jamaal Williams, who had 107 yards and three touchdowns.

With rival Georgia on the schedule as the regular-season finale, odds are the Jackets (3-5) are going to have to win their next three games to become bowl eligible. They have back-to-back road games against Maryland and UNC before hosting Duke. None of those games are a given -- especially if they continue to play the way they did against BYU.