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Georgia Tech Makes Scheme Statement

By BJ Bennett
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The Yellow Jackets currently have one of the nation's hottest offensive attack.

On Friday night, Georgia Tech's offense put forth one of the most dominant rushing performances in recent college football history. The Yellow Jackets ran for 542 yards, the third-highest total for the program ever, and eight touchdowns in a 66-31 win at Louisville, averaging 8.3 yards per carry on 65 attempts. Georgia Tech's outburst was the first 500-yard outing against a Power Five opponent this season. It stands as the only 540-yard, eight-score showing against a P5 foe this millennium.

The Yellow Jackets were absolutely unstoppable. Georgia Tech scored on all nine of its true offensive possessions, only failing to produce points when running out the clock at the finish of the game. Attempting just two passes, the Yellow Jackets compiled 28 first downs, merely had seven third down attempts, converting six of them, and did not turn the football over a single time. Impressively, Georgia Tech had two different quarterbacks rush for over 100 yards, TaQuon Marshall at 175 and Tobias Oliver with 103.  

It was a vintage and validating showcase for Paul Johnson, whose triple-option attack is often unfairly cited. In addition to giving the Yellow Jackets a needed ACC road win, the Louisville victory showed, in front of a national audience, just how effective and overwhelming Johnson's scheme has been and can be. Few conference games, all-time, have resulted in such dramatic success on the ground. Offensively, Georgia Tech simply continues to be a team that is both difficult to prepare for and difficult to defend.

Over the past two weeks, the Yellow Jackets have now rushed for 915 yards and 16 touchdowns. Correspondingly, in those two wins, Georgia Tech has compiled 129 total points. The Yellow Jackets currently have one of the nation's hottest offensive attack.

Georgia Tech has run for at least 419 yards in three of six games this year and has multiple rushing scores in every contest, Clemson included. Twice, in the Yellow Jackets' last 17 outings, they have gone for at least a half-a-thousand yards on the ground, the penultimate season-opener with Tennessee included. Only two teams have rushed for 535 yards against P5 defenses the past two seasons; 2017 Georgia Tech and 2018 Georgia Tech.    

Despite an early injury to returning 1,000-yard rusher KirVonte Benson, the Yellow Jackets lead the nation in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns by a wide margin. Johnson's offense recruits dynamic playmakers, then puts them in direct position to be successful. College football just saw that system at its best.

BJ Bennett - B.J. Bennett is SouthernPigskin.com's founder and publisher. He is the co-host of "Three & Out" with Kevin Thomas and Ben Troupe on the "Southern Pigskin Radio Network". Email: bj@espncoastal.com / Twitter: @BJBennettSports