Boston College, Georgia Tech come off bye weeks with momentum

Georgia Tech benefited from an egregious error by its opponent to rally to an improbable victory in its last game.

Fresh off a bye week, the Yellow Jackets (3-3, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) look to ratchet up the intensity in their return to the gridiron for a clash versus Boston College (3-3, 1-2) on Saturday afternoon in Atlanta.

Haynes King recorded his sixth multi-touchdown performance after passing for one score and rushing for another in Georgia Tech’s last-second 23-20 win over then-No. 17 Miami on Oct. 7.

While pleased with the result, Yellow Jackets coach Brent Key maintained Tuesday that he is looking ahead — not behind.

“We played for 60 minutes in the last game, but what’s your identity? Your identity is not what you did prior, it’s what you do next and how you can consistently do that,” Key said. “That’s why I talked to the team this week about having a work ethic versus a want ethic. Everyone wants to go do it, but we’ve got to put the work in during the week and then have the right frame of mind and the right mindset that we take the field with.”

Converted wideout Jamal Haynes leads Georgia Tech in rushing (409 yards) and averages a robust 5.7 yards per carry. He also has 12 catches for 112 yards.

Like the Yellow Jackets, Boston College is fresh off its bye week. The Eagles enter Saturday’s contest after posting 27-24 wins over both Virginia (Sept. 30) and Army (Oct. 7).

Sophomore Thomas Castellanos threw for two touchdowns versus the Cavaliers and rushed for four more against the Black Knights to give Boston College its longest winning streak since 2021.

“You have to imagine now teams are going to have to bring an extra guy in the box when you have a quarterback who can run the way he has run,” Eagles coach Jeff Hafley said. “But it’s not like we are playing wildcat. He can throw the ball.

“He can throw it from in the pocket, he can throw it on boot(leg)-type plays and he can sprint out. If you bring guys up, we have guys that can run by you. I think you are going to see him take off throwing the ball in the next weeks.”

Castellanos, a transfer from UCF and native of Waycross, Ga., leads the team in rushing (500 yards) and has seven scores on the ground.