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Even if Georgia Tech is a run first team, they’re still easily outpacing BYU in the receiving department. Junior DeAndre Smelter leads the team with 185 receiving yards and two touchdowns, while Godhigh is a passing threat out of the backfield and is second on the team with 136 yards and two touchdowns. Junior Darren Waller is another option and has 107 yards and a touchdown of his own. The Yellow Jackets only throw when they have to, but their receivers are finding the endzone fairly regularly.
BYU gave up two sacks against Utah State and has now surrendered at least one sack in four of five games this season. The offensive line has yet to find its consistency and forces Hill to duck and run too often still when he senses pressure around him, giving up 11 sacks total in 2013.
Georgia Tech’s offensive line has held up better than BYU’s surrendering only five sacks this season with three coming in the last two games. It’s not an exact comparison because the Yellow Jackets drop back far less to pass than Hill is in the BYU offense, but in general and against better opposing defenses, Georgia Tech has done a better job up front.
Edge: Georgia Tech
Defensive Line and Linebackers:
The Cougars’ strength continues to be on the defensive front. The team has racked up six sacks and 26 tackles for loss, with a change to improve that number if they can get to the Georgia Tech rushers in the backfield. Despite a lean game against Utah State in the sack department, the unit still limited Joey DeMartino to under 90 yards rushing and gave up zero rushing touchdowns, potentially skewed by the Chuckie Keeton injury. Kyle Van Noy and Alani Fua continue to be the lynchpins of the BYU defense, but Uani’ Unga is no slouch either, racking up 16 tackles against Utah State.
Georgia Tech’s defense is led by defensive linemen Adam Gotsis and Jeremiah Attaochu. The duo has combined for seven tackles for loss and three sacks this season, including a tackle for loss and a sack last week against Miami from Attaochu. Overall, the Georgia Tech front seven is well-rounded, with eight players with at least one tackle for loss, 19 total tackles for loss and seven total sacks.
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