Daniels, the Atlantic Coast Conference's rushing leader last
season, scored on runs of 47 and 1 yards and also caught a 25-yard
scoring pass from Ball.
Samford (1-1) tried to counter Tech's balanced attack with
short, quick passes from its four- and five-receiver formations.
Ray Nelson completed 29 of 44 passes for 169 yards and one
touchdown, but the Bulldogs rushed for only 42 yards.
Rashaun Grant added 75 yards rushing as Tech gained 268 yards on
the ground and added 201 yards passing.
Georgia Tech immediately established its running game, giving
the ball to Daniels on six of the first seven plays after taking
the opening kickoff.
With Samford's defense geared up to stop Daniels, Ball completed
passes of 16 yards to freshman Calvin Johnson and 19 yards to
fullback Jimmy Dixon. Those completions set up a 14-yard touchdown
pass to Nate Curry, who was open in the middle of the end zone on a
slant pattern for a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter.
The Yellow Jackets moved 99 yards on a touchdown drive that
began late in the first quarter and was capped by Ball's touchdown
pass to Daniels, who high-stepped over Samford free safety Cortland
Finnegan at the goal line as Tech took a 14-0 lead.
Tech used back-to-back big plays to push the lead to 21-0 midway
through the second quarter. After Ball's play-action pass to
Johnson gained 28 yards to the Samford 47, Daniels broke free down
the right sideline for a 47-yard touchdown run, carrying Finnegan
over the goal line.
After Nelson threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Efrem Hill to make
it 21-7 in the third, Samford had a chance to pull within one
score. But Drew Guess was stopped on a fourth-and-1 run at the
Bulldogs' 39 with 12:56 left.
Daniels then scored three minutes later from a yard out to seal
the win for the Yellow Jackets.
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You'd think 33 wins over three seasons would make a coach untouchable. Not so at Oregon, where Mark Helfrich is on less stable ground than his peers.
His widely admired predecessor won nearly 10 games a year for 15 seasons and still got fired. Smart knows he needs to quickly have the Bulldogs competing for titles to avoid a similar fate.