Minnesota beat Georgia Tech 34-10 in the Quick Lane Bowl. Five thoughts and analysis of the win, and what it all means.
5. The end of the Paul Johnson era
It was a really, really interesting run.
The option offense wasn’t supposed to work at a Power Five level on a regular basis. It was antiquated, stoppable, and it wasn’t going to attract the next-level talent, but under Johnson, Georgia Tech won four Coastal titles, an ACC Championship, and an Orange Bowl.
However, it only won one bowl game over the last four seasons and close you with a total thud against Minnesota.
The attack was sluggish, it looked like it was running in mud at times, and it wasn’t remotely crisp enough.
It couldn’t get the chains moving early, it couldn’t control the clock, and once the Yellow Jackets got down, that was it – it wasn’t able to come back.
And that might turn out to be the lasting image of the era.
Johnson won 82 games in his 11 seasons, his teams were almost always among the nation’s leaders in rushing, and it was a pain in everyone’s side … unless the defenses could figure it out.
3-6 in bowls, when there was time to get ready for the attack, it could be figured out, which is why …