For the second week in a row, Georgia Tech trails at home against an ACC Coastal Division rival. A week after digging an early hole against North Carolina, Georgia Tech is trailing Virginia Tech at the half. Now the Yellow Jackets will have to hope their running game can start to wear down Virginia Tech’s stingy defense the way it did the Tar Heels last week in a come-from-behind victory.
Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas started the game completing nine of nine pass attempts for 121 yards and a touchdown. Thomas also rushed for a touchdown near the end zone, a play that was upheld after a video review despite video showing Thomas had his elbow and arm touch the ground just prior to stretching and extending the football across the goal line. The video evidence, in this case, was not indisputable enough for the call to be overturned, but the way Virginia Tech was moving the football the Hokies may have scored on third and maybe even gone for it on fourth down inside the five-yard line if they had to. The touchdown run by Thomas capped a 91-yard touchdown drive to put the Hokies up 14-0 at the time.
Harrison Butket kicked a 49-yard field goal for Georgia Tech midway through the second quarter. It was not the cleanest first half for Georgia Tech. Paul Johnson’s team fumbled a couple of times, losing one, and Vad Lee was intercepted but it was the penalties that drove Johnson mad at times on the sideline.
Via social media, Jim Harbaugh has attempted to walk back some of his strong talk.
Monday, the Michigan head coach was asked to comment on one of his former San Francisco 49er players, Colin Kaepernick, who kicked up quite the controversy this past week by sitting down during the playing of the national anthem to protest what he believes to be the mistreatment of African-Americans in this country. Not surprisingly, the outspoken Harbaugh didn’t mince many words.
As it turns out, Pankey won’t be alone on the suspension sidelines as WVMetroNews.com is reporting that linebacker Xavier Preston will be suspended for the opener as well. No reason has been given for the punitive measure, and the football program has yet to confirm it.
The third-year sophomore would be eligible to return for the Sept. 10 Youngstown State game.
Preston played in 13 games last season. He has been described as the heir apparent to Nick Kwiatkowski at outside linebacker for the Mountaineers.
Jim Harbaugh doesn’t respect Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit anthem out
The latest sports controversy has reached college football’s borders.
Colin Kaepernick, as you might have heard, kicked up quite the controversy last week by declining to stand during the playing of the National Anthem prior to a San Francisco 49ers preseason game. The former Nevada quarterback’s words explaining to sit the anthem out served to add fuel to the raging firestorm.
“This is not something that I am going to run by anybody. I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed. … If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right.”
Kaepernick has spent his entire NFL career with the 49ers, and his first coach at the professional level was Jim Harbaugh. Now the head coach at Michigan, Harbaugh was asked Monday about Kaepernick, who helped lead Harbaugh’s club to the NFC championship game in 2013, and his decision to sit on the bench while the anthem played.
“I acknowledge his right to do that,” Harbaugh said according mlive.com. “But I don’t respect the motivation or the action.”
While more forceful and tinged with personal opinion, Harbaugh’s comments are somewhat in line those made by a former Oregon Ducks head coach who’s now in charge of the 49ers.
“We recognize his right to do that,” Chip Kelly said according to the Sacramento Bee. “It’s not our right to tell him not to do something. That’s his right as a citizen.”