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MTSU Vs. Georgia Tech: Orwin Smith laments Yellow Jackets' execution

After being embarrassed by Middle Tennessee on Saturday, Georgia Tech didn't take away many positives on offense or on defense

Kevin Liles-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

After giving up 510 yards of offense and 49 points to Middle Tennessee on Saturday, Georgia Tech didn't have much to be upbeat about.

But behind running back Orwin Smith's five catches for 61 yards and seven carries for a team-high 85 yards, the Yellow Jackets did have a chance to get back into the game early in the fourth quarter.

With 11:23 left in the game, Georgia Tech cut the Blue Raiders' lead to 35-28, but the offense (and defense) fizzled out in the final minutes, leading to 14 unanswered points from Middle Tennessee to close out the game. Smith told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the Yellow Jackets couldn't afford to miss their chances late in the game.

"That’s one of the main things that coach [Johnson] puts emphasis on is the missed assignments. That’s what hurts us. We made plays, but when it was time for real crucial ones that didn’t require much yardage we just couldn’t get them. That hurt us," Smith said.

The 2-3 Yellow Jackets now must head to Clemson to take on the No. 15 Tigers this Saturday.

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