The absence of Tate appeared to hurt the Maryland defense. The Terps received the opening kickoff and promptly went three and out. The stalled offensive set saw quarterback Danny O'Brien start with three straight incompletions. After a quick failed possession from the Terps, Georgia Tech took over on offense.
The Yellow Jacket offense has been prolific this season, and the opening drive showed why. The Ramblin' Wreck runningbacks rushed the ball seven times for more than 50 yards, and Jackets quarterback Tevin Washington broke into the Maryland end zone for a seven yard touchdown.
On the Terps second possesion, the offense turned to the run game with promising results. Showing a clear commitment to the running game, Maryland marched down the field with Davin Megget and freshmen Justus Pickett chruning up rush yards and burning valuable clock. Though the drive only resulted in a Nick Ferrara feild goal and three maryland points, time of possession will be key for the Terps if they are going to pull off the upset in Atlanta.