Atlanta, GA (AP) - Georgia Tech's Paul Johnson and Virginia's Mike
London are looking closely at third downs as a key to Saturday's
ACC Coastal Division game.
Georgia Tech (3-2 overall, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) is
averaging about 30 points per game, down from about 34 a contest
last season when it won the ACC. Johnson says that's not a
significant dip, but he concedes his team's drop in third-down
success is a problem.
Georgia Tech ranked fifth in the nation last season by making
first downs on more than 52 percent of its third-down plays last
season. That figure is down to less than 41 percent this year, only
61st in the nation.
London says Virginia (2-2, 0-1) fell behind in last week's 34-14
loss at Florida State by being stopped on each of its seven
third-down conversions in the first half.
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