Jim Reid, defensive coordinator at Virginia, got a win against Paul Johnson this past weekend, but the story behind the win actually goes back over a decade. The original article can be found here.
In the late 1990’s Reid, then the head coach at Richmond, was looking to add some triple option elements to his offense and paid Paul Johnson a visit while he was at Georgia Southern. Johnson was coming off a few national titles in 1999-2000 and was “very gracious” during Reid’s visit.
A decade after the visit, and limiting one of the hottest offense’s in the country to 21 points, Reid doesn’t claim to be an expert in the triple option.
“We ran it for three, four, five years, so at least you have an idea (of how it operates) but we had the same idea last year and they ran up and down the field on us.”
“We had the exact same game plan as we had last year and, I’ll tell you what, it’s the exact same game plan we’ll have next year.”
Virginia and Georgia Tech finished the game with identical rushing totals of 272 yards each. For Tech, that’s 76 yards below their average of 348 yards per game.