Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Fourth quarter lives up to hype
By Heather Dinich
MIAMI, Fla. -- This is what was expected from both of these teams -- a decisive fourth quarter. Both Georgia Tech and Iowa have had to come from behind all season long, so it's a fitting finale to both of their seasons, as Iowa leads 17-14 with 12:30 left to play.
This is the offense that earned Georgia Tech its No. 9 ranking heading into this game. Jonathan Dwyer, Josh Nesbitt and Anthony Allen all in sync and moving the ball. Georgia Tech's offensive line showed improvement on the Jackets' last scoring drive, and everyone started to play with a greater sense of urgency and purpose. And suddenly Georgia Tech has regained control of the clock. Had Scott Blair made that field goal, the score would be tied right now, but if the Jackets' D can force Ricky Stanzi into one of his infamous mistakes, Blair's will be forgotten. Because both teams are so good in the fourth quarter, chances are the game will be determined by a key mistake or turnover.