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Unorthodox half for Kansas, Georgia Tech

9/17/2011

Georgia Tech's option attack lends itself to winning ball-control battles, and that's especially true in games the Yellow Jackets lead.

That hasn't been the case in the first half, where Georgia Tech leads Kansas 24-17.

Kansas dominated the time of possession 19:34 to 10:26, but trails.

Blame a 95-yard touchdown run on the first offensive play for the Yellow Jackets. Georgia Tech's three touchdown drives took a combined 10 plays, compared to 70-plus-yard touchdown drives of 11 and 13 plays for Kansas.

The Jayhawks have also converted 7-of-10 third downs.

A big reason for that is the much-improved play from quarterback Jordan Webb, who has completed 9 of 13 passes for 141 yards. That included a 28-yard completion to Tim Biere to convert a 3rd-and-9, and a 42-yard completion to D.J. Beshears to set up a field goal just before the half ended.

Time of possession won't tell you much in this one, but Georgia Tech's 337-246 advantage in total offensive yards says plenty. The Jayhawks can't win if the defense has another half like that.