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QUICK HITS: No. 13 Georgia Tech 21, Maryland 16

Posted on: October 8, 2011 3:46 pm
Edited on: October 8, 2011 3:46 pm
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Posted by Adam Jacobi and Chip Patterson 

GEORGIA TECH WON. The numbers were not as impressive, and the on-field product did not flash as much as expected, but No. 13 Georgia Tech survived 21-16 in an ugly conference showdown to improve to 6-0.

HOW GEORGIA TECH WON: Georgia Tech entered the fourth quarter with a 21-3 lead after completely shutting down Maryland's offense for most of the game. When backup quarterback C.J. Brown took over, he introduced a new ground threat to the Maryland offense. The Yellow Jackets looked unprepared for the zone read attack of Brown and running back Davin Meggett, who finished the game combining for 210 yards on 27 carries.

WHEN GEORGIA TECH WON: Georgia Tech saw the Terps charge back into this game late, but a failed 4th down conversion with 2:31 remaining put the game away for the Yellow Jackets.

WHAT GEORGIA TECH WON: This is the third straight contest Georgia Tech has allowed their opponent back into the game. Georgia Tech has won something to be concerned about. The Yellow Jackets are still arguably the best team in the Coastal Division, but they are certainly not invincible. Late pushes by N.C. State and Maryland have shown the conference weaknesses in the Georgia Tech attack.

WHAT MARYLAND LOST: What Maryland won was a quarterback controversy. The 2010 ACC Rookie of the Year Danny O'Brien has struggled to find a rhythm in the last couple weeks, and head coach Randy Edsall decided it was time for a chance. C.J. Brown did not get a ton going through the air, but his 124 rushing yards definitely made a case for his use in the future. Whether Edsall decides to use two quarterbacks, or try out Brown as the full-time starter; Maryland will likely spend this week considering the immediate future of their offensive backfield.

THAT WAS CRAZY: Midway through the third quarter, Maryland ran a double pass trick play where wideout Tony Logan hit Kevin Dorsey on a 34-yard pass. That one play was enough for Logan -- again, a wide receiver -- to lead the Terrapins in passing yardage until backup quarterback CJ Brown found Dorsey for a first down with 3:43 left in the game. Danny O'Brien was 1-6 for 17 yards before being benched, and Brown proved to be a much bigger threat on the ground than through the air. Brown finished as the game's leading rusher, with 124 yards and a touchdown.

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