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Thursday, November 20, 2008
1Q update: Georgia Tech 3, Miami 0


Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

ATLANTA -- Paul Johnson the myth-buster is at it again. He started this game the same way he did the season -- with a pass. Georgia Tech fans might remember the first play against Jacksonville State was a pass, and Johnson has tried all season to convince people his offense is more than "3 yards and a cloud of dust."

He reiterated that message in the first quarter with a few trick plays for some big yardage, but Miami's defense came up with the stops when it had to -- in the red zone -- and forced the Yellow Jackets into a field goal. There is big-play capability in this offense, and all it takes is one missed assignment to find out, which Miami has. The Jackets are moving the ball well, in large part because of Roddy Jones and Jonathan Dwyer. They're taking some pressure off quarterback Josh Nesbitt.

It's possible we might see more passing than usual in this game if it's an effort to keep Nesbitt from scrambling too much on that less-than-100 percent ankle. Besides, if the officials make a trend out of calling chop blocks every time they run the option, it could be a long night for Tech.

I was told Miami WR Travis Benjamin wasn't returning kicks, but he did, until he re-aggravated his ankle injury with just under six minutes left in the quarter.