There was 11:39 remaining when Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson called timeout with the Yellow Jackets leading 21-17. It was fourth-and-2 on the Miami 8-yard line. Johnson decided to go for it, eschewing a field-goal try for a likely seven-point lead. Further, Johnson’s play call spoke to the confidence he felt in his offense, a triple option to the right. It’s not like Miami wouldn’t be expecting it. Over the course of the night, Johnson estimated later, about three-quarters of the team’s 65 run plays were triple options.
“Coach Johnson was like, we do this every day in practice,” A-back Charles Perkins said.