Young Jackets sitting atop ACC

ATLANTA --- A win in its Atlantic Coast Conference opener may not be enough to make Georgia Tech the team to beat in the conference. But because the win came on the road against one of the league's powers in 2007, it was an important boost.


Georgia Tech's 19-16 victory at Boston College on Saturday left the young Yellow Jackets and their first-year coach, Paul Johnson, sitting atop the Coastal Division of the ACC.

The way things are going in the ACC, where only four of 12 teams have winning records after two weeks, the Yellow Jackets' 2-0 start and 1-0 league mark look especially promising.

Is it time to recast goals for a team which started 12 freshmen and sophomores?

"No, not really," Johnson said Sunday. "We're just taking one game at a time. I know that sounds like a clichÃ, but if you win, it makes the next game bigger."

Georgia Tech plays another road game at Virginia Tech on Saturday, and the Yellow Jackets could be excused for carrying a more confident swagger.

After beating one team that played in last season's ACC title game, why not beat the other?

Johnson cautioned against overconfidence.

"We've got to get a lot better, or we'll get embarrassed on Saturday," he said, adding today's review of the game film will help keep his players grounded.

Georgia Tech survived three first-half fumbles to beat Boston College despite managing only 235 total yards. The Yellow Jackets won with strong defense, which evened the turnover tally with two interceptions and a fumble recovery in the third quarter.

The Yellow Jackets also won with one big play.

Jonathan Dwyer, who rushed for 108 yards, gave Georgia Tech the lead with a 43-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Another key was sophomore quarterback Josh Nesbitt, who rushed for 50 yards and a touchdown.

"Our quarterback made some great plays for us scrambling," Johnson said. "He just made some great plays. A lot of our best run plays were him scrambling, or him just doing something on his own."

Nesbitt's biggest play was a 30-yard scramble for a first down that helped Tech run out the clock.

There is plenty of room for improvement, but Johnson said his players were "very resilient."

"I think we're trying to come together as a team," Johnson said. "We've still got a long way to go, but the effort is getting better."

Like Georgia Tech's record.



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