What’d you like most?

Well, the ACC’s Coastal Division is again up for grabs.

Georgia Tech’s demolition of North Carolina and Virginia Tech’s demolition of Miami means it’s a three-horse race between the Jackets, Canes and Hokies, unless the Tar Heels can somehow show more than they did on Saturday. Of course, that’s what folks were saying about the Jackets a week ago.

Here’s what makes it interesting to me: Virginia Tech couldn’t have ordered better conditions on any kind of pay weather site for its game against the Hurricanes. The rain neutralized Jacory Harris, and meant that Tyrod Taylor didn’t have to try to do anything to win the game. For all purposes, Virginia Tech is a one-dimensional team. I know what Taylor did last week against Nebraska, but those kind of plays aren’t the kind you can count on.

Now, that sets up a huge game between the Techs in a few weeks in Atlanta. 

Georgia Tech stoned North Carolina’s rushing attack, just crushed it. It’ll be interesting to see how the Jackets will plan against the Hokies.


But, first things first. Mississippi State is up next week, and the Bulldogs aren’t to be taken lightly. They should have beat LSU on Saturday, but couldn’t punch it in first and goal from the 3. 


The Jackets have got to get their kicking games issues fixed. Scott Blair seems to have lost his confidence. He missed field goals to the left and right on Saturday, as well as kicking the ball out of bounds twice. 


The draw play that Johnson called for Jonathan Dwyer was very effective against the Tar Hells, as was the quick pitch. Better blocking on the perimeter may have helped on the quick pitch.


What did you like most? Nesbitt’s toughness? Dwyer’s big game? The defense? The coaching?

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Ethel Fleming

September 26th, 2009
8:31 pm

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Where is Nick Claytor?


September 26th, 2009
8:39 pm

Beating those pansies in baby blue! Surprising that even in football the refs will not make a call against the Tar Holes.


September 26th, 2009
8:42 pm

Definitely the defense. It was a remarkable turnaround from a week ago. Tech’s D was solid throughout the entire game and rarely got beat. Impressive win.

Jon Heisman

September 26th, 2009
8:44 pm

The defense–played with a chip on their shoulder.
The fans–we did not get down on the team due to the Miami game and the vocal support was the loudest this season.
Going back to basics for the offense–fighting for 3 or 4 yards on each play. Drives were sustained and took lots of time off the clock.

GT For You and Me

September 26th, 2009
8:46 pm

The Sports writers don’t know squat! 90% of them should be fired! The way they treated GT last week……


September 26th, 2009
8:48 pm

Ethel, Claytor went out in the 2nd half with an injury. Haven’t heard anything about them.

That was a great game, but it could have been better if Blair and the refs hadn’t been so horrible. (Seriously, how do you forget to stop the clock on a first down??) PJ finally got tired of Blair’s incompetence and put in Chris Tanner… I’m curious to how he’ll do, but I can only wonder how good he is since he was behind Blair on the depth chart.


September 26th, 2009
8:49 pm

I have to say that I was most happy about the effort of the team as a whole this game. I was most concern about the toughness of this team and whether or not that could be fixed. Well it looked like it was with the simplification of the schemes on both sides of the ball. We still have to get tougher on the OL. That is why Nick Claytor is not out there. Just hasn’t step up in the tough category and unfortunately we have a couple more that need to be replace on OL but there is no one to replace them yet. It was great to see Dwyer break out this week and Nesbitt deserves credit for the 32 carries but also the blame for having to carry 32 times because he still doesn’t have the grasp of this offense yet. This team will be Great, I mean Great when we can get everyone clicking. Thanks VT for the win. Now its time to focus GT and get better every week. Kickers suck. Got to be someone in this state that wants to kick on the D-I level.


September 26th, 2009
8:50 pm

I liked it all, other than the kicking game. Dwyer looked really good, Nesbit showed tremendous grit and the defense was lights out. Everyone had been saying that UNC STOPPED us last year, but we had over 400 yards against them last year difference was the turnovers. Instead of giving them the ball like last year we took it from them this year. We need to work on our effectiveness in the red zone a little more and find us a good kicker. We should not be leaving points on the field missing chip shot field goals. We still have a long way to go but I believe the guys took a big leap forward today. Not making any excuses about the Miami game because they really kicked our butt, but I would have loved for us to have played them last Saturday rather than Thursday. I think with a couple more days rest it would have been a different game. Anyway, time to concentrate on MSU. One game at a time. GO JACKETS!!!


September 26th, 2009
8:51 pm

The refereeing was one of the worst examples of favoritism I have ever seen in college football. About the only good call that was made was calling back the pass down the sideline that was clearly not a completion. Absolutely awful otherwise.

I am most impressed by the disparity in the time-of-possession. 42 minutes to 18 minutes is a massive difference. UNC never had a chance, and I love it.


September 26th, 2009
8:54 pm

I liked that we attempted more shorter passes and got Dwyer the ball on the edges and some delayed hand offs. Game ball goes to the D line.


September 26th, 2009
8:54 pm

Man did Paul ever get after that ref… and deservedly so. I know there are rules about what coaches can say about the officiating. Do we think there will be anything said by the league? Hard to defend the ref of course, what a terrible call.

Tech lived up to expectations and played a more complete game (except Blair, poor kid), but Paul ripping into the ref played to my baser instincts and goes down as my favorite part.


September 26th, 2009
8:55 pm

TechDan, I don’t know if it was so much favoritism as the usual incompetent ACC officials. I see the same kind of bad calls every week, not just in Tech games. The worst part is that when some guy makes an obvious bad call, nobody overrules him. CYA, in action.


September 26th, 2009
9:01 pm

The officiating is absolutely horrible. I am not just talking about the terrible job on the Flats today. It is happening all over the country. I have watched top officials talk about how great the officials are and how great the booth reviews have helped the game. Doug you need to do an article on this. Last year so many games had booth reviews that were obvious but called wrong. Today the receiver drops the pass right in front of the field judge and he says its a catch. Thank GOD the booth overturned it. Kudos for them. Not stopping the clock after a first down catch and Bey Bey ran out of bounds how could you mess that up. Sorry to say this CPJ but the officials are just waiting for an opportunity to stick it to you. If the Head official of the ACC wasn’t there today the booth reviews wouldn’t have been overturned, guaranteed. Also, that phantom block in the back came because the official anticipated that we were going to block in the back and threw the flag and didn’t have the integrity to pick it up. Spotting of the ball is wrong on every play. Short this down long the next. I watched the ball punted and roll out of bounds in 7 games between this week and last week where the official standing right on top of the ball marked it incorrectly. The officiating has got to improve for the sake of the game. Why have them if they aren’t able to make the right calls. Pass interference on Scott. Bogus. Ok I’m done.

GT For You and Me

September 26th, 2009
9:09 pm

How could the ref not see the dropped pass by the NC receiver? Did he think the endzone camera would not show the dropped pass? He was standing on top of the play. I guess it could have been the excitement of the game. If the ref was unsure,he should have called incomplete,and let NC challenge. Do you agree? GO Jackets! To-hwg!


September 26th, 2009
9:09 pm

It was great to see Orwin and Hill get a catch or two today. Great catch on the sidelines before the half Hill. You are going to be a big time receiver in this offense for years to come. Hang in there and learn from your experience. Anthony Allen you have to start coming up with those catches down the seem. CPJ please give a game ball to Wright. That kid has a huge heart and much grit. I would love to see him get the ball more and break on one day. Or even get the ball at the goal line to score. His heart is truly representative of a TECH Man! GO Jackets!!!


September 26th, 2009
9:23 pm

The team played tough aggressive defense. And, the offense played a great game. However, in short yardage on the goal line, we need to get tougher and challenge the defense to keep us out of the end zone. Inability to get three yards when it is first and goal is a real challenge to your manhood. Glad to see CPJ replace Blair. If he is the most consistent place kicker we can find at a school of 9,000 we are really in bad shape. Missing field goals is bad enough but kicking balls out of bounds and giving great offensive teams a 1st and 10 on the 40 yard line is terrible.


September 26th, 2009
9:41 pm

The defense was outstanding and set the tone by holding NC to 0 first downs the first 4 times they had the ball. Pressure from the D-line, 2 Morgan Burnett interceptions and lot of players flying to the ball. If they defense plays like that every game it could be a special year. Talk Tech football at: http://www.bbuzzoff.com


September 26th, 2009
9:55 pm

this is a season already with ups and downs, but then that is college football. Nice to see Tech play well on both sides of the ball, especially when as Bobby Bowden would say, we are nothin and they’re ranked. Lookin forward to Tech at FSU, obviously.
And I guess the game is too fast today for the refs. But missing the clock stop after a first down when we could have gotten 3 points easily – unforgiveable and I don’t blame CPJ for yelling at the guy.

Not Disappointed

September 26th, 2009
10:12 pm

Excellent Play all around. I could hear CPJ on the 35 today yell at the ref and I thought a flag was coming on CPJ for sure. It was a good game.

I’m worried about Blair. Get it together little buddy! The rain didn’t help either!

Ramblin Wreck! ;-)


September 26th, 2009
10:15 pm

Mental toughness. That’s what I most enjoyed seeing. I was really worried about this team’s reaction to the Miami game. Today that group of kids showed real mental toughness by making adjustments during the week and then coming out to the Flats today and playing good, solid football. I feel bad for Blair. As a kicker myself, I can say there’s not a more lonely position on the field and I hope that young man can get his nerves back and go to work. That game against Clemson will go down in Tech history and I’d hate to see one bad outing affect his whole season. Hopefully the Tech coaches and players will show solidarity and help rebuild Blair’s confidence this week.

Overall, I really loved watching a team practicing good, fundamental football.

Go Jackets!

To Hell With Georgia!

George P. Burdell

September 26th, 2009
10:43 pm

I think the call was actually that forward progress had been stopped while he was still in bounds. Terrible call, but at least it has some merit. I was glad CPJ let them have it on that one.

A lot to be happy with on this one. The DL played lights out, the A-backs and WRs made much better blocks and Dwyer had some chances. The passing game looked worse than ever and the offensive line still isn’t to the point of even being good. Won’t even address the pitiful state of our kicking game since it won’t do any good. Overall, still have to be happy with a pretty impressive win, and especially since it was pretty much a must win to stay in the conference race.

Innocent Bystander

September 26th, 2009
10:48 pm

I wonder if Scott Blair’s job is as mentally straining as, say, Rafael Soriano’s role for the Braves. I wouldn’t be surprised, seeing as neither of them can really come through anymore.


September 26th, 2009
11:07 pm

Thriller in a.town DAWGS win


September 26th, 2009
11:11 pm

techs O is not very impressive.If not for turnovers you only tie.


September 26th, 2009
11:19 pm

400 plus yards again. Enough said.

Brewer for GT President

September 26th, 2009
11:20 pm

I was impressed with the Defense and with Josh Nesbitt’s effort. Blocking was still iffy. Maybe CPJ has just accepted that and will try to call plays that don’t ask so much of the blockers since they’re falling down on the job.

About the refs, I’d like to know what the GSP officer said to CJP as he separated the ref and coach! That little turd referee had been on my nerves most the the game. The blown clock keeping was just the feather that broke the camel’s back. That guy ignored UNC holding D. Morgan on darn never every play.

Metal Jacket

September 26th, 2009
11:22 pm

Blair came through big time against Clemson when he was needed the most. These things happen. Turns out this was a good time to have a let down. That kind of weather is the most dangerous for a kicker. He’ll be OK. Miss. St. will be tough. GO JACKETS STAY FOCUSED!!!!! THWG.


September 26th, 2009
11:30 pm

It’s all about COACHING!!!!! What a change from the Gailey era……Paul Johnson is a very good,if not great coach. You can see his hand directly in the imrovements made this week. BTW, I think UGA fans may be starting to realize they might never get to the top of the SEC with Richt. Great guy, not enough fire. At some point players usually start to take on the personality of their coach. Not sure Richt has that burning in the pit of his stomach……….I’m just sayin’


September 26th, 2009
11:39 pm

Hey superDOUCHE – Great win over that powerhouse Arizona State…. Yeah, I guess 317 yards rushing is pretty pathetic against the 7th best run defense in the nation. Tell you what, when your dawgs finally play and beat a ranked team and have 409 yards of total offense, then you can come critique us. Maybe you didn’t watch the same game I did. We totally dominated them on both sides of the ball. We did miss two field goals though….

Hey at least you guys have a better kicker. I guess you can hang your hat on that.

Burdell – You’re right about Thomas’ forward progress being stopped while he was still inbounds. However, he picked up the first down in the process, so the clock should have stopped long enough to move the chains. No excuse in missing that call. Could have cost us points if we had a kicker.


September 26th, 2009
11:43 pm

Defense was most surprising to me. It was like night and day compared to the Miami game.


September 26th, 2009
11:45 pm

One more thing:

Josh Nesbitt is a warrior. Yes, I wish he was a better passer, but he is OUR QB, just like CPJ is OUR COACH.

Go Jackets!!


September 27th, 2009
12:09 am

Our defense kicked their A$$. Amazing, where the heck was that a week ago? Hats off to the coaching staff for not sitting back!


September 27th, 2009
12:19 am

Yes, I thought switching to the 4-3 was a great move. It made us more aggressive and sound against the run and short passes. Just line up and hit somebody. I like it.


September 27th, 2009
12:53 am

NYJacket, I’ll assume by “school of 9,000″ you meant school of 19,000. I mean…we have around 9,000 if you single out, oh, say…just the in-state students. But the undergrads + grads figure is getting mighty close to the 20k mark these days.

To the D

September 27th, 2009
1:02 am

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To the D

September 27th, 2009
1:04 am

I liked most the rotation of the D-line and A-backs. The rotation on D-line really helped our players not fatigue so early. The rotation at A-backs kept our runners fresh. We built drives that gave our D a lot of time to rest. We did not have to rely on huge plays to win the game.

Dangerous No Call

September 27th, 2009
7:51 am

The reffing was pitiful. What about the face mask (I think it was on Anthony Allen) that wasn’t called? It looked like he was brought down by the facemask to me, but I was in the West stands (opposite the play). Am I wrong, or was that a terrible no-call?


September 27th, 2009
8:01 am

Great game! Loved the intensity on both sides of the ball yesterday. Great atmosphere. I’m glad the rain held out until the walk back to the lot.

BTW, GT has 13,000 undergraduates enrolled this fall.

Go Jackets!!!


September 27th, 2009
8:29 am

Great win,….D really stepped it up. Liked the 4-3,…JB is a player. Dwyer gutted it out,….Nesbitt is a warrior. ugag squeaks one out vs a Pac-10 pansy,….sweet.



September 27th, 2009
8:30 am

It’s funny how things go when your DEFENSE comes to play….. I’m not sold on the offense, but I will say this, we can play with anybody when we have solid defense! Go Jackets and THWG!

Alabama Jack

September 27th, 2009
8:32 am

What I liked best was putting the zebras back on the team plane to Chapel Hill.


September 27th, 2009
8:37 am

Defense Defense Defense
Going back to the 4-3 scheme was obviously a big help. We’ve got to first stop the run and 2nd get pressure on the passer. Having the extra linebacker helps in both cases.
Enjoy the win for the day and then focus on Miss St. This is going to be a tough game, going on the road to probably the worst game day experience in the SEC, kind of like going to Duke although there will be more fans, all ringing their cowbells.
Blair has to get his confidence back. He pushed the first miss then overcompensated and hooked the 2nd. I can handle those but kicking the ball out of bounds on the KO is unacceptable. Maybe DRad needs to add Mens soccer as a Varsity sport so we can get a decent kicker.

Two tough road games and then the game for the Coastal championship at the Flats. Can’t wait.

Alabama Jack

September 27th, 2009
8:47 am

According to the announcers the refs blew the clock call at the end of the first half, holding on 91, face mask on one running back and a horsecollar tackle on another one. We got penalized 7 times for 65 yards. They were penalized twice for 9 yards.


September 27th, 2009
8:51 am

What did I like best? The tackling.

Less? The kicking game.

Still a problem? Blocking.

Big conference problem? Officiating. On first down you stop the clock until the ball is marked for play.


September 27th, 2009
9:10 am

Any way we can get some clarification from either the ACC or the refs themselves as to why the clock continued to run late in the 2nd quarter as BeBe went out of bounds for a first down? Even if the refs were to say that he didn’t get out of bounds, we had a first down and the clock should have stopped. This is basic knowledge and the ACC refs REALLY dropped the ball. I would like to see or hear something from them to let us know that they are accountable and that they understand that they made a horrible mistake. That’s basic officiating – and they couldn’t get it right.

B'Ham Jacket

September 27th, 2009
9:14 am

Who is responsible for keeping the GAME CLOCK???????
Could someone please answer this for me?


September 27th, 2009
9:20 am

Superdawg- if you hadn’t turned the ball over 3 times you would have blown AZ st. away. What was your point again? Oh that’s right, with you guys it’s all about “ifs”. Here’s one. If you didn’t spend your saturday nights blogging about a college football game that has nothing to do with your team then you might get laid every once in a while. STFU and get life.

Tech fan

September 27th, 2009
9:30 am

Nesbitt is one tough son of a gun. And I loved the new wrinkles Johnson put in the offense. Worked to perfection.


September 27th, 2009
9:40 am

Alabama Jack,

You are absolutely correct in your observations. Does the ACC review the performance of refs? Or do they just let these guys keep on screwing up?

It looks to me that the only time holding is called today is when an offensive lineman takes a guy down with his arms and hands.

The horsecollar tackle was really obvious.

But, the failure to stop the clock when a first down is gained is blatantly obvious. Why couldn’t the refs simply stop the game, hold a conference and put time back on the clock?

Their performance was totaly unacceptable.

Hope the ACC doesn’t penalize CPJ for getting in his face and also telling a reporter on TV that the guy blew the call.

Toe Meets Leather

September 27th, 2009
9:45 am

Awesome “comeback” win yesterday. We still look sloppy on offense, but when we get good receiver/A-back blocking on the ends, we simply cannot be stopped with our depth at B-back. We might be running downhill now…

“Toe Meets Leather” – Sisson’s winning FG against Virginia in 1990 – now on sale at http://www.stingtees.com.