True or false: Georgia Tech is weak on third downs (125th out of 128 FBS teams at defensive third-down conversion rate) because the Yellow Jackets are in 3rd-and-short so frequently.
Partly true. Tech is indeed in 3rd-and-short often. Out of 101 third downs that the Tech defense has faced, 37 have been 3rd-and-short or shorter. The opposition has converted 26 of those for a healthy 70.3 percent clip.
However, opposing offenses have been in 25 third downs with seven, eight or nine yards to go. While a relatively small sample, they’ve converted 11 of those, 44.4 percent.
More analysis of the Yellow Jackets’ third-down problems and the efforts to solve them are in this story on myajc, With open date, Tech’s search for third-down solutions intensifies.