NCAAF Game Recap - South Florida at Georgia Tech
Sat Sep 7, 2019 2:00 PM EDT

TxAM
10
Clem
24
F
NMSt
10
Ala
62
F
Murr
17
UGA
63
F
SD
14
Okla
70
F
Cin
0
OHSt
42
F
LSU
45
Tex
38
F
Army
21
Mich
24
F(1OT)
Tul
6
Aub
24
F
UT-M
0
Fla
45
F
NIU
17
Utah
35
F
Cal
20
Wash
19
F
Buff
13
PSU
45
F
Nev
6
Oreg
77
F
C Mi
0
Wisc
61
F
UCF
48
FlAtl
14
F
WestMI
17
MSU
51
F
Rut
0
Iowa
30
F
Syr
20
MD
63
F
NoCol
17
WaSt
59
F
Stan
20
USC
45
F
Marsh
7
Boise
14
F
Neb
31
Colo
34
F OT
Wake
41
Rice
21
F
W&M
17
UVA
52
F
SacSt
7
AzSt
19
F
Ohio
10
Pitt
20
F
(N/A)
23
Kent
26
F
WVU
7
Mizzu
38
F
Sou
24
Mem
55
F
BGSU
0
K St
52
F
OD
17
VaTec
31
F
ChaSo
10
SCar
72
F
Vand
24
Purd
42
F
UAB
31
Akr
20
F
WCU
0
NCSt
41
F
SoFL
10
GATec
14
F
Ford
29
Ball
57
F
TnTec
17
MiaOH
48
F
SMiss
15
MisSt
38
F
Gram
14
LaTec
20
F
SIU
45
UMass
20
F
E Il
0
Ind
52
F
Ill
31
UConn
23
F
Rich
13
BC
45
F
Char
41
App
56
F
WIl
13
ColSt
38
F
UTSA
14
Bayl
63
F
SDSU
23
UCLA
14
F
ULMon
44
FlaSt
45
F OT
Maine
18
GaSo
26
F
GWebb
9
ECU
48
F
NCAT
13
Duke
45
F
Furm
42
GASt
48
F
Wyo
23
TxSt
14
F
JacSt
14
SoAl
37
F
NorTx
27
SMU
49
F
McNee
14
OkSt
56
F
TnSt
26
MidTN
45
F
CoCar
12
Kans
7
F
BYU
29
Tenn
26
F(1OT)
E Ky
0
Lou
42
F
W Ky
20
FLInt
14
F
Stony
7
UtSt
62
F
Ark
17
Miss
31
F
Lib
14
ULLaf
35
F
E Mi
17
KY
38
F
UTEP
3
TxTch
38
F
PVAM
17
Hou
37
F
MiaFL
25
UNC
28
F
Tuls
34
SJSU
16
F
ArkSt
43
UNLV
17
F
Minn
38
Fres
35
F(1OT)
NoAZ
41
Ariz
65
F
OreSt
28
Hawaii
31
F

Sep 7, 2019, 2:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

South Florida (0-2)

3

0

0

7

10

Georgia Tech (1-1)

0

14

0

0

14

Georgia Tech holds on, edges South Florida, 14-10
Sat Sep 7, 2019 8:23 PM

ATLANTA (AP) Jordan Cronkite stretched the football toward the goal line, but before it could break the plane for a touchdown, it squirted free and T.K. Chimedza pounced on it, and with the recovery sealed first-year Georgia Tech coach Geoff Collins first career victory, a 14-10 win over South Florida on Saturday.

On a day so hot in Atlanta that Bobby Dodd Stadium allowed fans to bring in bottled water, both offenses wilted as each side used three quarterbacks.

The teams produced a combined 500 yards of offense, but two second-quarter touchdowns by the Yellow Jackets held on when South Florida fumbled away a go-ahead touchdown.

"We practice sudden change an inordinate amount of time," Collins said. "The ball was at the one-yard-line, the defense never panicked (and) and got a goal line stand to win the game."

The Bulls lost their eighth straight game.

There wasn't much offense beyond Jordan Mason, who rushed 20 times for 99 yards. Tech totaled 257 yards of offense, USF 262. Each team had two turnovers.

Tech redshirt sophomore Lucas Johnson made his first start while Tobias Oliver, who started last week at Clemson, and James Graham came off the bench. At times, they subbed in and out on a play-by-play basis. Oliver also returned the opening kickoff 16 yards and lined up at least once in the slot.

None found much success throwing the ball while Tech passed for just 76 yards, but they all had some success on the ground as they combined to run 24 times for 86 of Tech's 181 rushing yards.

That ratio was much like the Jackets routinely cranked out over the previous 11 seasons in retired coach Paul Johnson's spread triple option.

"We inherited a roster that's built a certain way ... we have to play to their strengths ... " Collins said. "We will just continue to develop them. We are a player-based offense; we are not a scheme-based program."

A 1-yard scoring run by Mason early in the second quarter and a 7-yard tally by Oliver with 53 seconds left in the first half gave Tech a 14-3 halftime lead. Oliver rushed nine times for 48 yards.

K.J. Sails intercepted a Johnson pass late in the third quarter, giving the Bulls a first down at Tech's 25-yard line and Jordan McCloud pulled within 14-10 on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Jordan McCloud to Johnny Ford with 14:53 left in the game.

Moments later Tech tight end Dylan Deveney fumbled, and USF recovered.

McCloud threw to Mitchell Wilcox for a 54-yard gain to the 1-yard-line, where Tech safety Tariq Carpenter ran him down to save a touchdown.

That was a big play because on third-and-goal from the 1, Cronkite tried to leap over the pile, but Tech defensive back Kaleb Oliver thumped him and caused a fumble that Chimedza recovered with 10:03 remaining.

"We thought he was in (before fumbling), but the officials reviewed it and said he wasn't over, so they gave them a fumble there . . . " said USF coach Charlie Strong. "It's frustrating when you have a first-and-goal at the 1 and you're only down at the time by four points."

THE TAKEAWAY

USF: A week after getting shut out at Wisconsin, 49-0, the Bulls need to find some offense. USF netted just 93 yards on 30 rushes.

Georgia Tech: While the Yellow Jackets weren't exactly dominant on offense, the decision to mix in three quarterbacks was just enough to squeak out the win. Johnson completed 11-of-17 passes, but for just 45 yards with the interception.

THREE QBS NO CHARM

USF also used three quarterbacks in senior starter Blake Barnett, McCloud and freshman wide receiver Jah'Quez Evans. He rushed three times for 15 yards, and did not attempt a pass.

"We just needed a spark," Strong said after Barnett completed 12-of-20 passes for 79 yards and ran five times for 63 yards when not counting his three sacks for 21 yards lost. "We came out with Jah'Quez early and let him run the ball a few times . . . So we will re-evaluate it after we have a chance to look at it next week."

BIG LEG

Tech junior punter Pressley Harvin III might have been the Jackets' player of the game. He punted six times for an average of 41.3 yards, four times pinning the Bulls inside of their 20. His long went for 55 yards, and USF fumbled away one of his kicks.

UP NEXT

USF: The Bulls return to Tampa to prepare for their home opener Saturday against South Carolina State.

Georgia Tech: The Jackets hosts The Citadel Saturday.

Passing

SoFL Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. McCloud 5 4 80.0 1 90 54 0 158.3
B. Barnett 20 12 60.0 0 79 22 0 68.5
GATec Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
L. Johnson 17 11 64.7 0 45 11 1 44.0
J. Graham 1 1 100.0 0 20 20 0 118.8

Rushing

SoFL Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
B. Barnett 8 42 5.3 48 0
J. Cronkrite 12 17 1.4 6 0
GATec Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Mason 20 99 5.0 32 1
L. Johnson 9 36 4.0 13 0

Receiving

SoFL Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
M. Wilcox 3 60 20.0 54 0
R. St. Felix 3 38 12.7 22 0
GATec Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
D. Deveney 1 0 0.0 0 0
A. Brown 2 26 13.0 20 0

Fumbles

SoFL F FL
J. Cronkrite 1 1

Returning

SoFL KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
B. Sanders 1 22.0 0 22 3 2.7 0 8
T. Horne 1 21.0 0 21 0 - 0 0
GATec KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
A. Brown 0 - 0 0 5 4.6 0 23
D. Smith 1 18.0 0 18 0 - 0 0

Punting

SoFL Punt Yds Avg LgPu
T. Schneider 7 361 51.6 60
GATec Punt Yds Avg LgPu
P. Harvin III 6 248 41.3 55

Takeaways

SoFL Int Yds InTD
K. Sails 1 6 0

Team Stats Comparison

SoFL GATec
Points For 10 14
Total Yards 262 257
Rushing Yards 93 181
Passing Yards 169 76
Passing Completions / Attempts 16/25 14/21
Turnovers 2 2
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Fumbles - Lost 4/2 2/1
First Downs 11 21
Penalties - Yards 9/95 2/20
Time Of Possession 25:25 35:35
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 4/15 5/14
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 2/2 0/0
Punts - Average Yards 7/52 6/41

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter SoFL GATec
SoFL 11:20 FG Coby Weiss 27 yd FG 3 0
2nd Quarter SoFL GATec
GATec 3:57 TD Jordan Mason 1 yd run (Brenton King kick) 3 7
GATec 14:07 TD Tobias Oliver 7 yd run (Brenton King kick) 3 14
3rd Quarter SoFL GATec
No scores this quarter
4th Quarter SoFL GATec
SoFL 0:07 TD Johnny Ford 20 yd pass from Jordan McCloud (Coby Weiss kick) 10 14

Game Information

Stadium: Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field, Atlanta, Georgia
Attendance: 46,599
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