Georgia Tech had trouble stopping BYU’s offense in the first half, allowing the Cougars to score on four of their first five possessions. After halftime, the Yellow Jacket defense adjusted and slowed BYU down.
At that point, BYU’s defense took over and forced turnovers on consecutive fourth quarter drives. It led to a 38-20 victory for the Cougars on Saturday night and plenty of frustration for Georgia Tech.
“We were killing ourselves,” Georgia Tech quarterback Vad Lee said. “BYU has a good defense and can’t kill yourself against a good defense. They played the same as last year. Their defense doesn’t change. They just line up and they out man you and that’s what they did to us.”
Taysom Hill passed for 244 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 65 yards and another score to lead BYU. Jamaal Williams added 86 yards and a touchdown as the Cougars (4-2) beat the Yellow Jackets for the second consecutive season.
BYU had 433 yards of total offense with 345 yards coming before halftime. The Cougars had more first downs than any Georgia Tech opponent this season.
“Initially, we had a lot of short, quick passes that allowed our offense to get into a rhythm,” Hill said. “We took advantage and that really allowed us to get into a groove in the first half.”
Georgia Tech (3-3, 2-2 ACC) totaled 400 yards on offense. Lee led the way with 133 yards on 7-of-20 passing and 41 yards on 21 carries. But the Yellow Jackets could not stop the Cougar offense before halftime and failed to overcome a pair of costly fourth quarter turnovers.
It marked the 12th straight time an opponent failed to score more than 21 points on BYU.
“We dug ourselves into such a hole and against a team that’s traditionally pretty good defensively,” Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said. “You put yourself so far behind the eight ball.”