#3 2005 (11.40)
#15 2010 (3.06) @ #12 2013 (5.32)
The Mayfield-led 2013 team was able to overcome a great day in the pocket from Taylor Potts, who went 32-56 for 358 yards and a pair of TD’s and picks. Mayfield had 2 of each as well but only 261 yards passing. He did lead the team in rushing with 28 yards, but nether team ran the ball very effectively.
In game 2, there was more rushing as 2010 had exactly 100, mainly split between Eric Stephens (51) and Baron Batch (43). 2013 had almost 200, largely due to a 70-yard TD by SaDale Foster and a 46 yarder by DeAndre Washington. Potts won player of the game, going 25-48 for 365 yards and 3 TD’s, but was silent in the 4th, with drives ending in a sack, 3 and out, and a missed field goal. 2013 won the game on a field goal as time expired that was made possible by a 51-yard completion to Kenny Williams
#21 2014 (-3.56) @ #6 1996 (9.50)
2014 only went 4-8 and had the worst SRS in all of the Tech teams taking part in the tournament, but really took it to the 1996 team. The 1996 team is led by Doak Walker winner and All-American Byron Hanspard who had 216 rushing yards on 34 carries. He also had 47 of the team’s 121 receiving yards. The 2014 team was more balanced, with DeAndre Washington gaining over 150 yards and Webb throwing for 343 yards. Webb won player of the game with 5 TD passes and only 1 pick.
The 96 team fought back against Webb’s passing attack in game 2, as Davis had 1 TD but 6 picks. Byron Hanspard was brilliant again, winning player of the game with 291 rushing yards and 3 scores.
It only took 3 games, but 2014 was finally able to limit the rushing attack by Hanspard, as he only had 157 yards and no scores. Davis Webb recovered, going 28-43 for 364 yards and 4 TD’s, completing passes to 9 different receivers.
#18 2011 (1.88) @ #9 2003 (7.50)
2011 had a hard first draw, going up against the single season record holder for passing yards in BJ Symons. However, Seth Doege and Eric Stephens were better than BJ and the dangerous duo of Wes Welker and Mickey Peters. Stephens led 2011 in rushing with 166 yards and receiving with 97, scoring 3 total TD’s. The big difference was in turnovers as Symons had 2 picks and a fumble while 2011 had no turnovers.
In game 2 , 2003 came out fast, going up 17-3 in the 1st as Doege was intercepted by Ryan Aycock on the very first play of the game. Doege would finish with 316 yards but had just a single TD and a pick. Symons had 3 TD’s and a pick, but an 8-yard pass to Mickey Peters in the 4th proved to be the difference.
The 2003 offensive juggernaut finally got going in the 2nd quarter, scoring 21 unanswered points, with scoring passes to Nehemiah Glover and Trey Haverty and a rushing score by Johnny Mack. Then across the 3rd and 4th quarters, they scored 21 more, all rushing scores by Taurean Henderson. Doege was able to find Jace Amaro and Darrin Moore for passing scores, but could not answer enough times.
Next week it’s Mayfield vs Hodges and Webb vs Symons