Early look at Georgia Tech

The Yellow Jackets' dream season has disappeared, lost in an offensive struggle that seemed inconceivable a couple weeks ago.

Georgia Tech (6-2, 3-2 ACC) mustered a single touchdown in losing its second straight, 24-7 at Miami Saturday. The seven points were the fewest scored by Tech in 44 regular-season games under coach Paul Johnson.

In fact, only twice did the Jackets reach Miami territory. Even more alarming, Johnson seemed at a loss for answers speaking to reporters afterwards.

"It's not fair to put all of this on Tevin, because there are a lot of us that have to do better," Johnson said of quarterback Tevin Washington. "We did have a chance, we just didn't get it done. We can't get to the perimeter. I don't think we would have a tough time in the perimeter, but we just can't get there."

Washington, whose first pass was badly overthrown and intercepted, said the game plan was good.

"I felt like I let the team down," he said. "We just have to let it go and move on and get past it to the next game."

The next game, of course, is against undefeated Clemson, which has no trouble scoring. If the Jackets don't get their offense in gear, they'll be blown out in front of their home fans.

The vaunted option attack came in averaging 348 rushing yards but produced just 134. Washington led the team with 36 rushing yards on 20 carries.

Johnson's clever play-calling worked wonders against teams of equal or lesser size and speed. But against the Hurricanes' superior athleticism, the Jackets went nowhere.

Georgia Tech started the 2011 season 6-0 and soared as high as No. 12 in the rankings. But with games remaining against Clemson, Virginia Tech, Duke and Georgia, they may be fortunate to finish 8-4.

QB Tevin Washington got off to a fast start as Tech won its first six games, but the last two weeks have been a different story. (Getty Images)
MONDAY NOTES: Tech has lost three straight to Miami by a combined score of 92-34.

* Tech scored a season-low seven points in the loss at Miami, its lowest output since scoring seven against Air Force in the 2010 Independence Bowl.

* The Jackets are 3-2 since being ranked in the Top 25.

* Tech has lost back-to-back games for the fourth time in coach Paul Johnson's four-year tenure.

KEEP AN EYE ON: A-back Orwin Smith -- Smith went over 1,000 all-purpose yards for the season and caught a career-high three passes for 26 yards against Miami. Smith nearly had another reception, but officials ruled he trapped it. Look for Tech to keep expanding his role as a receiver.

LOOKING GOOD: RT Tyler Kidney, the former walk-on, made several nice blocks in space, enabling receivers to get good yardage after short throws. He is part of a three-man rotation at OT with Phil Smith and Ray Beno.

STILL NEEDS WORK: The passing game showed signs of life, but QB Tevin Washington's first pass was badly overthrown and intercepted. Washington's 6-of-12 performance was his best completion percentage in four games.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I am frustrated that we couldn't find something to do better on offense. Clearly they had a better plan than we did. We couldn't hit any good plays. We couldn't overcome the special teams play that we had today, and that's a reflection on me." -- Coach Paul Johnson, after the Jackets' 24-7 loss to Miami.

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