So, will it be 5-for-5 against the Canes?

I was doing a radio show for a station in Central Florida Wednesday afternoon and the host asked me why I thought Georgia Tech has beaten Miami four consecutive times.
I really had no idea (I know, that’s not uncommon).
Last year’s reason was obvious: Miami had no idea how to stop the option. No idea. But, as has been reported this week, the Canes have made some fundamental differences with how they will line up (closer to the line), and how they’ll attack the line.
But, as for the other four wins, I wasn’t around for those. But you were. If you have a theory, post it below.
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Here are the injury reports for tonight’s game:

Tech

Out: Jaybo Shaw, So., QB (broken collarbone)
Kyle Jackson, r-So., LB (foot)

Doubtful: Tyler Melton, So., WR (knee)

Questionable: Preston Lyons, r-Jr., BB (shoulder)
Richard Watson, r-Fr., BB (hamstring)

Miami

Probable: DE Eric Moncur (lower extremity)

Questionable: WR Aldarius Johnson (lower extremity)

Doubtful: OL Ben Jones (illness)
RB Damien Berry (illness)

Out: DE Adewale Ojomo (jaw)
OL Cory White (lower extremity)
LB Levi Paalua (upper extremity)
DB DeMarcus Van Dyke (head)
DB JoJo Nicolas (illness)

I’m not sure what the difference is between an upper extremity and a head. But there you go.
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Lastly, the radio host asked if I thought Tech would make it 5-for-5. I said I didn’t see why not. Running for 400-plus yards on someone isn’t an accident. I’ll be surprised if Tech doesn’t play its most complete game of the year.

156 comments Add your comment

Not Disappointed

September 16th, 2009
10:16 pm

Good luck tomorrow night! Bring it home Jackets without any major injuries! Ramblin Wreck! :-)

VegasGT

September 16th, 2009
10:20 pm

FOCUS and EXECUTION. The rest will take care of itself.

Good Luck Jackets !!!

cooter

September 16th, 2009
10:22 pm

The old thug U ain’t what it used to be, ain’t what it used to be, ain’t what it used to be, the old thug U ain’t what it used to be many long years ago.

AlabamaRamblinwreck

September 16th, 2009
10:22 pm

Those are tough questions, especially since we had Gailey coaching. I would have to say that Tenuta’s defense always seemed to give the Miami QB’s a lot of problems over that timeframe.

Anyway, I believe if we protect the ball, execute our blocks on the outside, and are sound on special teams, we win the game by 2 TD’s tomorrow night. But it would also be nice to have a great start like we have had in the last 2 games. Hopefully, that will happen followed by more consistency on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball!

Go Jackets!!

Biff Pocoroba

September 16th, 2009
10:34 pm

That’s easy. Tech won because Patrick Nix was coaching Miami’s offense. The same guy that “developed” Reggie Ball and taught him how to count to 4.

gt_blume

September 16th, 2009
10:44 pm

Hey, Pat Nix was OC for tech at least one of those wins!

No wonder

September 16th, 2009
10:49 pm

Tech won in ‘05 because Durant Brooks was a beast (yes the punter).
Tech won in ‘06 because CJ was a beast.
Tech won in ‘07 because Tashard Choice was a beast.
Tech won in ‘08 because JD was a beast.

Who steps up in ‘09? My money is on Josh Nesbitt. If the defense does focus on stopping Dwyer, which they’ve made pretty clear is their goal, it will be up to Nesbitt to make the right reads and execute the option. He needs to keep it more early in the game, taking what he can get (3 or 4 yards typically). Maybe fake a pitch once in a while? The more he can confuse the defense, the more they’ll have to open it up. That’s when Dwyer can start pounding inside.

Keep the pass plays to 2nd or 3rd and short. If Nesbitt can run in the 2nd and 3rd quarters the way he did in the 4th last week, Tech will be more successful. It should be a good game all the way.

Oh, and from what I heard, Jerrard Terrant has already activated beast mode.

Innocent Bystander

September 16th, 2009
10:50 pm

They teach the same “UGA-type” tackling at UM. Check it out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyLIiq1CmMQ&feature=related

Metal Jacket

September 16th, 2009
10:53 pm

This is Tech’s toughest game. Miami coming off a big win over Fl.St. Tech with two victories but not pretty and not solid. Tech clicks in this one with fast defense and a break out offensive display. Hang on Miami, this going to be fun. GO JACKETS!!!!! THWG

gtbabe

September 16th, 2009
11:01 pm

I flew to Miami four years ago when the game was rescheduled in November the week before Georgia in lieu of a pending Hurricane that ended up fizzling out days before the Saturday evening contest in the drizzling rain. The Canes were vying for a BCS chance with a win and one of their players in the Miami newspaper was quoted as saying “we do not even know what conference this is much less who Ga Tech is” In the 2nd half of that game, Miami was scoreless as Tenuta’s defense held each and every time on 3rd down. It was the beginning of the end for Coker..Then two years ago, Tashard Choice broke loose in the 2nd half to put Jackets on top.. interesting side bar..ran into Chan’s wife in ladies room at Orange Bowl after that game two years ago. Happy for great win on road but couldn’t resist bringing up the loss to VA at home the week before when GT missed FG opportunity after getting sacked for a loss on 3rd down as Chan and OC elected to not give ball to Tashard..Mrs. Gailey couldnt get out of the Orange Bowl ladies room fast enough.
Orange Bowl what a dump it was good riddance

Just wondering after losing 4 straight years to the Jackets and still zero ACC Coastal division titles, do you(Miami) know what conference this is now?

macrotech

September 16th, 2009
11:02 pm

sounds good to me! GO TECH!!!

m

September 16th, 2009
11:04 pm

The reason for the previous wins is Chan Gomer Gailey. He was the greatest coach in Tech history. Thank God and Greyhound he is gone.

Da U

September 16th, 2009
11:15 pm

M I don’t have a clue who you are and don’t care, but I can tell that you are mental. Don’t you have a funeral to go to???

Not Disappointed

September 16th, 2009
11:27 pm

I do expect a better game out of Nesbitt, Dwyer and others. It should be a better game. I feel the Jackets chances are good. I know Miami is improved, but the Jackets aren’t to bad either.

Once again, good luck and no injuries to either team.

Ramblin Wreck for Life!

Not Disappointed

September 16th, 2009
11:28 pm

Da U you’re funny dude!

Ramblin Wreck!

The Ohio State University

September 16th, 2009
11:39 pm

You can thank us, and the officiating crew of our NC game for why the U lost all of those games. The injury to Willis and the heartbreaking loss sent all of Miami’s talent to the NFL early. While the U has struggled to rebuild the former canes have done well for themselves in the big show. Times have changed though. This may be the year… I have the officiating crews number if you want it??? No concern with nesbitt leaving early though. I take dueces that are more accurate than his passes.

Hayseed Dixie

September 17th, 2009
12:13 am

Current Tech players, and most everyone else under 35, grew up with Miami being a dominant program.

For alot of folks they *are* college football, with the titles and the NFL players to show for it.

Beating them, regardless of the state of their program, means something to Tech players- hence, they’ve done it consistently.

Miami is the antithesis of Tech, with academic standards, violations, team-first versus playmaker mentality. When Tech beats Miami, some sort of justice is being done in the world. In my opinion, we can’t do it enough.

I’ve loved watching you Cane fans lose. And on Thursday, I’ll do it again.

GT nerds are terrorists

September 17th, 2009
12:21 am

Reasons why Miami wins this game
1. Tech forgets their protractors so they cant call plays
2. Tech gets robbed of their pads on crime-filled campus
3. Nesbitt has to throw the ball and it looks like he threw it left handed and it got shot out of the air, Worst arm in D1
4. Tech is busy filming national monuments for Al Qaeda(Again)
5. Peachtree Middle School asks for their playbook back
6. Miami has top ten recruiting classes every year while Tech gets UGA’s scraps and ecstacy dealers
7. Miami has Mark Whipple, an old PJ nemesis, while tech has a coin they flip to see if they should run right or left
8. Tech’s lineman give up on the season and declare for the nfl, Again

This pajama blogger needs to get out of his house and off of the GT propoganda websites. Less athletes than Clemson—-HAHAHA, Tech has better DB’s than FSU-HAHAHAHAH

GT nerds are terrorists

September 17th, 2009
12:22 am

Hayseed Dixie—–You are the antithesis of progress of society—–

Bros.Like.This.Link

September 17th, 2009
1:30 am

GT nerds are terrorists-

I just want to point this link out to you in response to your #2. I don’t think a GT team has ever started a fight complete with attempted curb stomping and helmet bashing. I also don’t think a GT player has ever been shot. I can’t say the same for the U.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNypDGoC_8M

Hayseed Dixie

September 17th, 2009
1:33 am

Buddy, I know you think it sucks losing to Tech 5 years in a row.

But just cause it sucks doesn’t mean it’s gonna stop.

And yes, Jerrard Tarrant *has* activated beast mode.

richard cranium

September 17th, 2009
2:32 am

Ten reasons UGAg loses to Arkansas:

10 – 50% of the Arkansas can’t read, but 65% of UGAg’s can’t either.
9 – The UGAy bus driver forgot about the time change and showed up late to the stadium.
8 – 12 starters for UGAy turned in their scholarships, they claimed they weren’t getting the 5th grade education they had hoped for.
7 – Cox shows up for the game an emotional basket case after begging for everyone to “just love me for who I am”….
6 – Players are too shocked to play after Mark Richt admits to gay love affair with an Tony Barnhart.
5 – UGA gets caught looking ahead – they play “Open Date” in a couple of weeks and are nervous they could lose….
4 – The Bulldog nation is still too hung-over from winning their 30th consecutive Pre Season National Championship last year.
3 – Georgia players kept bending over backwards after hearing the Razorback pig call.
2 – It’s discovered that Cox is playing illegally as a transgender after he complained that his “vagina hurts”…

And the number reason why Georgie will lose this game and many others is because…

1 – They just suck.

buzz

September 17th, 2009
3:02 am

hey gt nerds are terrorist-
1st off you may have top recruiting classes but you still haven’t beaten Tech in 4 years…. and did a miami fan just tell US that we had a crime filled campus? really…. go back to sleep and get some rest so you are not late for work tommorrow I like to pick up my McGriddle at 6am.

herschel walker's 4th personality

September 17th, 2009
3:28 am

Its ok buzz-Joe Hamilton will be there to toss the mcgriddle over to reuben Houston who will bag it up for you im sure. Have you ever been to Coral Gables where the U of M is. It is the richest part of Miami hahahahahah

Baba O'Riley

September 17th, 2009
6:15 am

Nerds are Terrorists- Did you say that Nesbitt has the worst arm in D1??? This coming from a fan of which Joe Cox is QB?

Dr. Payne

September 17th, 2009
7:38 am

Doug, the difference between an upper extremity and a head is equal to the difference between an arm and a head. Trust me, I’m a doctor. Go Jackets!

GTpak

September 17th, 2009
7:40 am

I think it will be a close game won by 3 points, will depend on the lines, and turnovers. If the d line can stay on top of JH and if the o line can handle Miami’s d line, then Jackets win easy. If either fails, it could be a nail biter. If both fail, it will be a long night. Miami is really motivated and that concerns me.

Ezekiel

September 17th, 2009
7:56 am

Georgia Tech’s intelligent athletes who play assignment football match up well with the undisciplined Miami players. Miami players have tended to quit the past few years when we played them, if things don’t go well early they lose interest and start packing it in. If we stay focus and take care of our business we’ll win again tonight. Talk Tech football at: http://www.bbuzz.off.com

Tech

September 17th, 2009
8:13 am

I’m not sure about this game, but any program that plays their home games on a baseball diamond can’t be “back”. What a joke. I just hope our players don’t hurt themselves sliding around in the dirt.

TechTony

September 17th, 2009
8:22 am

Am I the only one concerned about tonight? What worries me most is the pass rush. Last week against Clemson, the Jackets couldn’t exert a whole lot of pressure on Parker in the 2nd half, especially when he rolled out of the pocket. No knock on Parker, but Jacory Harris is much more mobile so that could be a real problem.
Let’s not forget that Miami is loaded with athletes. Are they undisciplined? They were last year in their assignment responsibilty but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll repeat that tonight (but we can hope so).
This isn’t at all to say that tonight’s a lost cause because the Canes front wall, while athletic and speedy, isn’t tremendously large; maybe they’ll use their great speed to run themselves out of position very quickly.
Turnovers tell the tale I think but either way I see a pretty close game.

GoJackets610

September 17th, 2009
8:35 am

Did You Know….GT has never lost a game under Paul Johnson when the ball was not fumbled during a game.

This is the key right here guys. If GT holds on to the ball, GT will be in good shape and I see no reason they should lose this game.

Now, if they do turn it over they will have some work to do.

But, I still think GT should have stayed at home because according to UM players their “offense can score at will” and “it cannot be stopped”. Why should we even try?

If they really think GT isn’t coming to play ball, they are out of their minds.

GoJackets610

September 17th, 2009
8:37 am

TechTony, are you kidding me buddy? Burnett had 2 sacks alone, and Kyle Parker was flushed from the pocket many times. The defense had a little trouble in the 3rd quarter because they were out there the whole darn quarter.

Pass rush doesn’t bother much at all. I was please with the rush except in the 3rd quarter.

mtraininjax

September 17th, 2009
8:55 am

I don’t care to live in the past, only the NOW. Screw the U. Butler, Cooper, and Burnett will have a big game, as Harris has NO, ZERO respect for our secondary, he is going to throw the ball 40 times and he will get some picked off. FSU is a joke this season and as ESPN showed on their CFB show, the FSU DBs were playing 10 yards off their receivers. We have COVER corners and FS and the WOLF who are going to bring the lumber tonight. This is not FSU, this is the Ramblin Wreck and we are coming to roll over the u…..

BankerDawg

September 17th, 2009
9:08 am

You guys need to find a way to get Dwyer to the edge.

Not sure how many times he got it in space against Clemmons, but I know one time he was a step away from breaking a long run, most likely for a TD.

It seems way too easy for the DTs to focus on him up the middle and either stuff him or force Nesbitt to keep, which takes him completely out of the play.

You can’t have a Heisman candidate completely taken out of plays.

Also, didn’t Dwyer have success catching the ball last year? I don’t think he has been thrown to yet, but I would think that’s another easy way to get him in space.

Anyway, seems The U is back to running thier collective mouth again, so I believe if you get up early, they aren’t going to understand what is going on and why they are not dominating Tech….you guys win.

Paul Johnson > Randy Shannon

This is the biggest matchup of the night.

GOOOOOOOO DAWGS!

Tech82

September 17th, 2009
9:13 am

Da U – First off, please don’t capitalize the “m” because he’s not worth it. The clown referring to himself as “m” is the embarrassing cousin nobody wants to be seen with at a family reunion. He claims to be a Tech fan but I don’t know of another fan that will claim him. We tolerate him on this blog because we don’t have a choice.

DawginLex

September 17th, 2009
9:30 am

Tech

September 17th, 2009
9:42 am

TechTony,

Yes, I’m worried about this game for one reason: Mark Whipple. Shannon couldn’t coach his way out of a paper bag but I must give him props for getting a top notch coordinator. Whipple won a national championship against Paul Johnson at UMass and has coached the Steelers and Eagles recently. He developed Ben Roethlisberger as well. I think it was clear in the first game that Miami’s offense is years ahead of where they were last year. This guy is the real deal.

The only consolation is that their new defensive coordinator has had trouble against option teams in the past.

dagtbuzzman

September 17th, 2009
10:09 am

Injury report was initial topic. Does anyone have any legit info if those Miami players are key players

Trade School Junkie

September 17th, 2009
10:15 am

I’m obviously not a Buck Belue fan but I’ll offer some respect to someone who has played the game.

His well-contructed comments this morning on 680 are contructive.

He said:

1. FSU is in BIIIIIIIIGG trouble.
FSU isnt “back,” and both the JaxSt and Miami games prove it. FSU’s Pass D was putrid and made Jacory Harris look like Joe Montana. FSU’s run D was medicore and Miami STILL couldnt run the ball.

My comments: I agree.
GT beats Miami tonight. Then, you can take it to the bank that
BYU is gonna DESTROY FSU on Saturday.

2. Belue also said Clemson has better DEs than Miami, and that Miami probably has better DTs. However, Clemson has the overall better defense. I agree on that point as well.

A few extra toughts on my own:

1. Can GT’s Pass Offense be ANY worse than it was vs. Clemson ??

No. I think Nesbitt’s last INT was the KEY MOMENT for him. Watching the replay of the game, he was furious at himself after that pick. So, what happened next? He played LIGHTS OUT the rest of the way, with great run plays, and his next 2 passes were RIGHT ON THE MONEY, including the pass to Thomas down to CU 30 yd line that broke the game open for GT. I think Nesbitt has turned the corner, and will play LIGHTS OUT vs Miami.

2. Can GT run the ball vs. Miami?

Clemson has a MUCH better D than Miami. Belue thinks so. I concur.
For the 3rd game in a row, GT will rush for 300+ yds.

For all practical purposes, HC Shannon REALLY runs the Miami D, the sawm way CPJ REALLY runs the GT-O. And Shannon is WAAAAYY over-matched by CPJ. CPJ has been running/scheming with this Offensive style for 20+ years. He’s seen EVERYTHING and knows how to adjust.
Shannon has defended it…ONCE. ITS A TOTAL MISMATCH.

2. Is GT more “battle-tested” than Miami?

CLEARLY, YES. Miami’s win over FSU looks more & more over-rated with every passing day. I think Clemson is WAAAAAY better than Miami at almost every position, especially the D-Line and its gonna show tonight.

3. GT Pass D is WAAAAAYY better than FSU Pass D, and will severely limit Miami’s Pass Offense.

GT has the best secondary in the ACC. The 2 big CU TD passes accounted for 140 yds of their 261 total pass yds. Despite that, GT STILL had 2 INTs, and 2 other near-INTs where the passses hit the GT defender in the hands but he couldnt hang on. That could have been 4 INTs in one game. CU QB Parker is very good. He threw several “lasers” on rollouts. But, thats the point. He was being chased out of the pocket A LOT b/c of GT Pass Rush. Harris looks like a statue, bt I do expect him to pull some QB Draw Plays. GT run D held Spiller to 87 yds rushing. Miami had 90 yds rushing against a “suspect” FSU rush D.

Lastly, GT takes this game away in the second qtr. By end of 3rd qtr, I expect to see A LOT of “extracurricular” activities and persoal foul penalties. Miami has a WELL DEFINED history on this part.

And, if you dont buy into ANY of the above, then just the fact that ESPN is hyping this game and Miami…SO HARD…you can have confidence GT should win handily.

4th a 1

September 17th, 2009
10:21 am

Good points TSJ. I see the same thing. I think Josh will have a great game and his passes will be much better. Start off with some short ones and get his confidence up. FSU is badly coached and miami barely beat them. They will face a real defense and real team tonight. Gt wins 31-21

Melinda

September 17th, 2009
10:24 am

When the schedule came out, I thought that this could be our toughest game of the early season. Teams that face us early will see more defensive success. They have not had weeks and weeks to forget their off-season training in defending the option and playing assignment ball. They will be more mentally sound and THAT is the most important key to defending our offense. Mental toughness and focus. If Harris gets settled in and starts slinging it accurately, we will be in for a long night. Miami is a much better team than they were last year.

TD TECH

September 17th, 2009
10:28 am

I bet we see more trickery from PJ tonight. Maybe a backwards pass, nesbitt goes downfield for the catch and score. Because of the offense we run, it opens up so many opp for trick plays.

Tommy

September 17th, 2009
10:33 am

After reading the rivals preview of the game, I feel like we have a good shot at winning tonight.

Ramblinwreck83

September 17th, 2009
10:34 am

Tech must play sound football tonight. They need to get back to what they were doing all last season. I particularly like the fake dive to dwyer with him running with nesbitt for the pitch. The 1st offensive play of the second half in the UGA game last year is an example. I think they could have great success with that play. just need to get dwyer some space to move. Nesbitt has to make some short pass completions. loosen up the defense so we can run our offense effectively. Go jackets!!

Louisiana Jacket

September 17th, 2009
10:39 am

who wants to put money on PJ running the same first play he did last year against Miami?

CarRamRod

September 17th, 2009
10:52 am

BankerDawg

You are absolutely right about getting Dwyer to the edge. Whether that means more BBack options, screen passes or getting him the ball in the flat, he needs more touches out on the perimeter. Dwyer is a big play threat everytime he touches the ball. Maybe he lines up a few times at ABack so we can get him outside in space. Last year against miami we saw the dive up the middle go for big yards almost every time we ran it. I believe miami, like clemson, will try and clog the middle as often as possible to keep the dive play from going for big yards. CPJ will find ways to get Dwyer in space. He is due for a big game.

Nesbitt is the key though. We can only go as far as he takes us. I like that we were throwing the deep ball, but let Nesbitt complete some short and intermidiate passes to build confidence before we start throwing bombs down field. I have faith in Josh. The kid is a winner. Hes tough and he makes big plays when it matters most. Hopefully that continues tonight.

GO JACKETS

Darindawg

September 17th, 2009
10:56 am

Man there sure are alot of adolescents on these UGA and GT blogs with all of your “10 ten reasons” and trolling and stuff. I long for the day that I can come on here and see that everyone has grown on.

Anyway, looks like a pretty good match up tonight. I think GT will win. I’m not convinced that Miami has the D to keep up yet. Their QB is good. If they win, it’s because your D let him get in a groove and he’ll kill ya. You better look out for the future, I think his is bright. But Tech wins this one….34-21

I think we take down Ark. We get our best DE back and Cox is gaining confidence….37-24

FSU will lose to BYU….not good for the ACC. Worse than that is that the Jokies will lose to Nebraska in a shootout. With Miami, FSU and VT all losing, should clear the way for the Jackets to be in the ACC drivers seat. But the media and nation will start yelling that the ACC is indeed the weakest conference in the nation. Just a feelin

GT4Ever

September 17th, 2009
11:03 am

Darindawg…If they win, it’s because your D let him get in a groove and he’ll kill ya. Isn’t that the case with most every QB in college football?

FSU will upset BYU. Mark it down.

Go getter

September 17th, 2009
11:03 am

Doug wrote
A Tech win would …

● Be its fifth consecutive against the Hurricanes, making the Jackets the first ACC team to do that.
Not true–fsu did it from 95-99.

Darindawg

September 17th, 2009
11:16 am

“GT4ever”…..Maybe I should have elaborated. The kid is obviously a heckuva athlete, (better than Clemson’s QB IMO) but he’s still pretty young. I think if your D can swarm him early with Morgan (who is a beast BTW) and your DL getting pressure, it will rattle him and keep him from settling into a rythme (did I spell that right?) Anyway, I think your boys can. But if you let him come down the field a couple of times early, he will build momentum quick. He’ll start smelling 300+ yards and 3 or 4 TDs. Surely you’ve seen that happen with these young guns?