Well, that was quite the weekend

For those who made the trip to Tallahassee, you certainly got your money’s worth.
For those who didn’t, well that’s cool too.
It was like nothing I’ve ever seen, real or in a video game.
9 consecutive touchdowns.
63 points in the first half.
1,000 yards of offense.
1 punt.
What does it mean?
It means that Tech’s offense is really rolling (more on that in Tuesday’s paper, or Monday evening’s ajc.com), and that Tech’s defense has some work to do before Saturday’s all-important game against Virginia Tech.
FSU was able to complete pretty much any pass in the first half, and if not for drops, in the second.
Tech seems particularly susceptible to passes in the middle of the field. I’m not a coach and couldn’t tell you why or how, but that’s just my impression. It happened against Miami and the Seminoles.
They also seem susceptible to runs between the tackles. Again, couldn’t tell you why or how. I hope to get some more answers about that, and to verify the accuracy of my observation, this week.
I do know this, Tech coach Paul Johnson said they can’t get into a shootout against the Hokies, as they have done the past two weeks against FSU and Mississippi State. He said their defense is too good.
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GTsteve

October 11th, 2009
7:39 pm

me first really

Tech82

October 11th, 2009
7:40 pm

Our defense looked dreadful but that was possibly the most exciting game I’ve ever watched. I hope we can have that type of offensive success against the chokies.

GTsteve

October 11th, 2009
7:40 pm

Let me guess, this is a blog for GT defense only….and they didn’t show up……badumpah

collegeballfan

October 11th, 2009
7:44 pm

I have never sen anything like that in a college game.

Somebody say defense.

Call Bill Curry & see if he has any of those black “GT” helmet stickers left over.

richard cranium

October 11th, 2009
7:53 pm

Regardless of what happens against VPI, this is a young, exciting team with a ton of heart. Most everybody comes back next year, not that we’re done yet.

The future looks so bright – we gotta wear shades!

KSEE

October 11th, 2009
8:06 pm

I’m excited to see this upcoming game…should be a thriller! Lets Get Em TECH!

Come on D

October 11th, 2009
8:27 pm

Let me just say that Nesbitt is my new hero. FSU’s defense played dirty and without class in the second half and he stuck it down their throats…and laughed at them…

Except for Morgan our d line is getting handled on pretty much every played…our linebackers could be very good if they did not run around blocks and read thier keys faster, our secondary except for Burnett looks confused on most every play… How do you fix it? You make it easy only run a couple of coverages and couple of fronts….the blitzes are not working… Cooper is a pretty good pass rusher so I hope his return will help…..they are thinking too much..The ploblem with defensive coaches is that they want thier schemes to win the game so that they can feel good about themselves…just let the players play…

juvenal

October 11th, 2009
8:37 pm

we have 5K or so die-hards that go when the world dont prevent it-luv u peeps, where else kud we hav gon anywaY? 55k,lots of mts cuz of tha wether(like athens last yr), lotz of folks left erly(sitterz?)-if u wer actually to hav 90k+ show,mebbe it only meanz u dissapoint mo folks?giv me mi tek homies, we hangin till the Lord comes back

Gt4ever

October 11th, 2009
8:48 pm

Come on D,,,,, just let the players play?????? Coach J says another adjustment is needed, well, what an understatement… I

Ezekiel

October 11th, 2009
8:54 pm

Got a feeling the Tech defense will match up well with VA Tech’s offense and give them a good battle. Gonna be a heckuva football game, besides the UGA games this is the biggest game at Bobby Dodd Stadium in many years. More info on Tech football at: http://www.bbuzzoff.com

BB's

October 11th, 2009
8:56 pm

Josh Nesbitt is both the toughest and smartest QB I have seen in a long time.

Come on D

October 11th, 2009
9:02 pm

Defense is all about beating/covering the man in front of you and making a tackle. All I saying is that when you have 15 resposibilites on every play this simple thing becomes much more complicated and harder to accomplish. If the guys can handle it that one thing, obviously they cant…they are scrappy though and they dont quit…

juvenal

October 11th, 2009
9:17 pm

our d stopped them more than there d stopped us-we never punted…who had the 4 & 5 stars running around in there d ?

Toe Meets Leather

October 11th, 2009
9:26 pm

Simply unbelieveable. I STILL cannot wrap my mind around that game last night. And Josh’s performance was one for the ages.

“Toe Meets Leather”…come and get your StinGTees GT t-shirt at http://stinGTees.com RIGHT NOW!

AlabamaRamblinwreck

October 11th, 2009
9:36 pm

Doug: You said something in your article today that I don’t understand. Coach Johnson said the simultaneous possession call was not reviewable? Well, I know fumbles are reviewable, and if he had asked them to review was it a change of possession PRIOR TO the simultaneous call, they would have seen that Earls not only took the ball away from him directly (just like Josh did later in the game), he then fell to the ground immediately without anyone else touching the ball. He had control and he was down!!! The other call that the ref made occcurred after this, so I still think it should have been reviewable. But anyway, that is just me. By the way, the ball never hit the ground, as you stated in your other article.

Go Jackets…Beat some Hokies!!

juvenal

October 11th, 2009
9:52 pm

refs there to pevent injury/death-may as well gripe bout litnin(which passed n &s of us, but sent 10 k noles home, we had nowhere else to go)—-josh THA MAN, refuse to LOSE!kudnt stop ponder, kant stop ty?JUST SKOR MOR!u skor in 10, we skor in 1…ur turn!

B'Ham Jacket

October 11th, 2009
9:55 pm

AlabamaRamblingwreck is right!!!!

Tech 91

October 11th, 2009
10:00 pm

VT only favored by 3.

GT BACKER

October 11th, 2009
10:06 pm

Before we go after the defense to much, here is something to think about….
In the first half, we scored the first 3 times we had the ball in only 4 PLAYS. The first half ended with FSU having an almost 9 minute Time of Possion advantage on us. The coaches and players simply did not have any time to make needed adjustments to what they were seeing. After half, FSU scored only 10 points, and only had about 150 yards of total offense. Our offense had some sustained drives, which also gave our D time to continue to adjust as needed. Seemed to work much better. I think we will be fine and the coaches and players are much better than the situation appears.

juvenal

October 11th, 2009
10:10 pm

if u wernt there, i dont kare wut tha freak u tink—

Hey Dogtards

October 11th, 2009
10:20 pm

I trust PJ to sort it out. VT is tough but its a winnable game. If we can get the ball going on the ground and not turn the ball over that is. Getting Egbuniwe back will be a great thing too. FSU’s offense matches up better with our weaknesses on defense than VT’s does (in fact, FSU may be most tailored to us). Our strengths are well-matched to VTs weaknesses on defense (running and a tendency to give up a big play here and there). We need to pressure Tyrod though, and I’m not sure how well we can do that.

Go Jackets!

juvenal

October 11th, 2009
10:22 pm

GTB,edge of tha noles, teased um how they “won” time…9′ drive, herd tha chop each 3rd down, then chopped,”1rsssssted down, 1rsssss=-sssed down…(we never lost to an fsu team NOT led by bb)…end uv tha game, we had mor posseion…fb not chess, itz hart not hed—wer u ther?

Tokyo jacket

October 11th, 2009
10:23 pm

I know the red river shootout is next week, but I think the Nerd bowl makes a good case to be the Game Day game, especially since Oklahoma will be out of the rankings next week. This D reminds me of the D in 1998…they don’t play great, but they seem to make plays when it’s important.

Anyone notice we’re half way through the season and haven’t lost to an unranked opponent yet? Hasn’t happened since 1990.

Come on D

October 11th, 2009
10:32 pm

Oh, I hope your right…if our D is not as bad as I think, then we are a top 10 team…you know the old saying “offense wins games, defense wins championships”

juvenal

October 11th, 2009
10:46 pm

doug, lik VISA sez, sum tins > $

Tech82

October 11th, 2009
10:50 pm

GT 5-1
UGA 3-3

Silence is golden!

GO JACKETS! THWG!

juvenal

October 11th, 2009
10:54 pm

u w stand foks 2 cerebbral, yel mor,travel more(you can afford it)..you should not follow sports if you did not feel what I felt at Doaks..

juvenal

October 11th, 2009
11:04 pm

if u dont der, i dunt kar…wut u tink….

GTPUG

October 11th, 2009
11:17 pm

GT BACKER,

100% Agree – - The “D” had no time to adjust with the offense scoring so fast – - the “D” will be fine – - need to tackle a little better is the only thing I can see

Jackets win Saturday!!!!!

TO HELL WITH GEORGIA!!!!!!!!

Jack G.

October 12th, 2009
12:06 am

GT BACKER
GTPUG

Get real—The DC cant coach Defense. He couldnt do it last year with great D personel and he certainly is not doing it this year.

If CPJ dosent replace him GT will never have a good Derfense.

Buzzfan

October 12th, 2009
12:43 am

I concur with AlabamaRamblinwreck. It should have Tech’s ball on the opening kick-off and it should have been reviewed. Apparently, the refs didn’t even realize that Earls had taken the ball away from the FSU player. If so, they are either incompetent and should be fined, or biased which is even worse. I suspect the former since the rest of the game was OK in my view.

Not Disappointed

October 12th, 2009
1:40 am

Wonderful week! Ramblin Wreck!

Cuttysark

October 12th, 2009
2:11 am

The offensive passing schemes utilized by Miami and FSU with the speed they have at receiver doesn’t allow for any mistakes in coverage. FSU has a very good offensive line as does the Canes. If you can’t get a good pass rush with your down linemen, it makes for a tough day in the secondary. Virginia Tech got Miami in a torrential downpour that helped them out tremendously. We need to stuff their running game, which I know we can do on Saturday. Our offense is rolling to the tune of 2 to 3 plays and we are in the end zone. Not much rest for the defense, but they have to play better. Should be a great game. Let’s fill up Bobby Dodd as fans.

Go to http://isportsweb.com for more Georgia Tech Football articles. Go Jackets!

Lewis Buzzard

October 12th, 2009
5:35 am

I agree totally with Alabamaramblinwreck. The ball never hit the ground on the opening kickoff. The Tech player stole it, went to the ground immediately, which would make the play dead at that moment. Subsequently the FSU player tried to get a hand in. Had the referees reviewed they probably would have ruled that the play on the field stood. That is how pathetic officiating in all levels of football has gotten.
Tech’s defense is the worst I have seen this year. Our problem was suppose to be along the defensive front, yet this is the strength of our defense. Our back seven do not cover anyone and do not come up and deliver any hits. Simply awful.
Our offense, that is a whole different story. Sensational when all the parts are executing like it has since the Miami beat down. Nesbitt has been one tough son of a gun and has basically willed our offense to victory. We are just going to have to have faith that our offense will keep performing as it has to continue to win these nail biters.
GT will pull the upset Saturday against VaTech at BDS.

GTbuilder

October 12th, 2009
6:39 am

Why did the ESPN2 team only talk about how long the GT D was on the field and how tired they were? Personally I think a lot of the difference in the 2nd half was the FSU offense made mistakes because they were tired on the field so long in the first half and then had very long breaks in the 2nd half.

Also, did anyone notice how PJ didn’t cover his mouth when talking to Nesbitt or other players on the sideline yet FSU coaches tried to cover the camera views with towels, hands, etc? Reading lips probably doesn’t help anyway with this offense.. except when a pass is called….right?

Road Scholar

October 12th, 2009
7:49 am

“Tech seems particularly susceptible to passes in the middle of the field.”

Oh really! How long did it take you to surmise this? We haven’t been good on pass defense in the middle for years. We can’t cover a tight end or post/crossing pattern. We used to never throw to our tight end, so I don’t think we have ever practiced defensing it.

Great game though! The defensive line appeared at times to focus on containment versus a pass rush. We should have gained a lot of experience with how many players/ the length of time our defense was on the field.

Willie Coyote

October 12th, 2009
8:23 am

They’re susceptible to passes and runs up the middle because we are getting nothing from our DTs. They are the ones who clog the middle and free the LBs to make tackles. They also are charged with collapsing the pocket to take away passing lanes. without them at least holding their own in the middle of the line, the opposition will continue to have open running lanes and the QBs will have unobstructed views of the secondary (who need to cover better).

Hopefully the “simplification” steps work. We have good enough players to have a solid defense. It’s on the coaches and the players to step it up though.

mtraininjax

October 12th, 2009
8:25 am

GTBacker – FSU scored 9 points in the 2nd half, (1) FG and (1) TD (missed the 2-point conversion) = 9 points. I agree their O looked tired in the 2nd half. The game reminded me of the Joe Hamilton game there in Tally where we lost 41-35, in an up and down the field epic battle. Great to see the Jackets WIN on the ROAD.

At home, I feel the D will respond better and play better. We owe VT a punch in the eye, especially from 2 years ago at home where they shut us out at night. I have a good feeling that the GT players are feeling slighted, no one gives them any credit for winning 2 in a row, on the road in hostile stadiums.

IS VT really the 4th best team in the NCAAs?

bubba collins

October 12th, 2009
8:38 am

Stayed in Cairo, and got back to motel at 2:30 AM. Had to be longest game in history of college ball, but what a game! Paul is the best coach in college ball in my opinion.
IF we beat VT, there could be a three way tie for coastal division lead, with all three teams with one loss. What are the tie breakers?

Hey Dogtards

October 12th, 2009
8:47 am

Because we play pretty much the same teams and all lost to each other, the tiebreak will go all the way down to the end, highest ranked BCS team. If we are within 5 of the highest ranked BCS team we’ll have a draw to find the team. Not ideal, but we should be cheering for UGA to beat fla and auburn so that win actually will boost us up at the end of the year.

If we beat VT, I’d imagine they slip down to 10, Miami would move up to 8, and we’d be back at 12. We really need a Miami loss, most likely chance is against Clemson on the 24th or at USF to end the year (would only help us in a three way tiebreak, i.e. if we beat VT and VT only has one loss)

GT45

October 12th, 2009
8:55 am

Hate looking on down the road, but Duke, WF, and UVA aren’t looking so easy, anymore! The only cupcakes we may have left are SEC schools. Go Jackets-

Not Disappointed

October 12th, 2009
9:13 am

I don’t know if we are to expect VT’s arrogance or swagger or do I care. In my humble opinion, it will be a better game than last year without the bad calls. We can beat VT. It will be a hard fight, but I trust or QB or theirs. “I said it!”

Lets have a good week at practice and Ramblin Wreck!

Hokie Hoaxies

October 12th, 2009
9:43 am

don’t forget the arrogance of VT two years ago when they kept the GT jerseys given to them to wear ..(the RB and QB jerseys missing in locker room hoax to draw attention in front of a Thursday night national tv audience…of all the jerseys why would it just be the QB and RB’s that were missing, nice HOAX by the VT coaches) which is now donning in their trophy case back in Blacksburg as if they are the true TECH school. These people are schemers and deceivers..I would rather beat them than any other school, despise their arrogance more than anyone..BRING THE JERSEY back ..VT thugs

AlabamaRamblinwreck

October 12th, 2009
10:05 am

“GT will once again attempt to simplify the defense this week.”

Well, how simple does it have to be? Pee Wee simple??

Tackle with bad intentions. Rush the passer with bad intentions. DBs: Cover the receivers, and if they catch a pass, MAKE THEM PAY!! I am not a defensive coordinator, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.

Go Jackets!!

Buzzed

October 12th, 2009
10:09 am

Wow! Not a single post from a UGA fan. . . so far. . . .

Not Disappointed

October 12th, 2009
10:22 am

The dawgs have problems, but so do we. We need somebody besides Derick Morgan to step to the plate on DEFENSE! I will be nice when Cooper comes back. Ramblin Wreck!

PleasePlease

October 12th, 2009
10:26 am

Do you think there is a reason that Tech isn’t rising up fast in the polls? Reason: They play no one.
Jacksonville State Enough said
Clemson 2-3
North Carolina 4-2 (overated with wins over Ga. Southern and The Citadel)
Florida State 2-4
Miss. State 2-4 (doormat of SEC for 2 years)

Only credible team, Miami. Got their socks knocked off.

The true test is this weekend and the only really BCS team in the ACC and Virginia Tech. After Virginia Tech, GA. Tech plays no one and that includes Georgia.
If Tech is so on the rise, then why is every blog, every radio and television station still talking Georgia, with Tech at 5-1? Why are tickets still remaining for the Virginia Tech/Ga. Tech game this weekend?
The Dawgs may suck this year, but even then the Dawgs have credible fans, a full 93,000 in Sanford Stadium (not Tech’s unfilled 50K Bobby Dodd).

johnny weissmuller

October 12th, 2009
10:40 am

PleasePlease

People are talking about UGA because of their embarrassment at the hands of possibly the worst QB in the SEC.

UGA will be lucky to be 4-4 after Meyer and Tebow finishes them on Halloween.

You nor any other rubes have ANY room to talk trash about GT in comparison to UGA.

What does a stadium full of rubes and hicks have to do with the team on the field? Let’s see how many fans will be there when UGA rolls into Samford stadium at 4-4 against Tenn Tech.

GT Man in Dawg Country

October 12th, 2009
10:48 am

Wow, felt like I was watching a NBA All-Star game …
That said, my hats off to Josh Nesbitt. Bradley said that Coach willed the team to the win, I think it was a combination of Coach and Josh. How many other QB’s do you think would have been in position to even attempt to try and get the ball back after the fumbled pitch. Then afterwards, I think he carried the ball himself, all but 2 or so attempts, and he kept moving the pile forward. Wow, you know CPJ must have been impressed. I know I was.

PleasePlease

October 12th, 2009
10:55 am

Johnny, I would rather have a stadium full of rubes and hicks that a 3/4 full stadium in the “hood” where Tech students continue to go out in the dark and CONTINUE to be robbed at gunpoint. Maybe that is the reason people aren’t coming to the games this year.

Enjoy Dwyer while you can because he will leave after this year just like Moreno did. The reason people are talking Georgia is because this is unfamiliar territory for them. With Tech, no one cares. They were used to their losses, and now it really doesn’t matter about their wins.

Just to set things straight, Richt has 6 seasons of 10+ wins. (3) Sugar Bowls, (2) Outback Bowls, (1) Capital Bowl (all BCS or New Years high paying bowls), Music City his first year, and the Chick fil A. Tech, well (2) Humanitarian Bowls, (1) Emerald Nut Bowl, (1) Chick fil A (where LSU kicked the yellow out of their jacket), (1) Champs Sports bowl (middle of the week warm up for Capital One) (1) Silicon Valley Classic and (1) Gator Bowl where they lost to W. Virginia after losing the ACC Championship game to who? Wake Forest.

Enjoy yourself this year. But all teams go through transition. Oklahoma did, USC did and so did Penn State. Georgia will fire their DC (I should also suggest GA. Tech does the same) and rebound.

Nevertheless, when people start talking more about Ga. Tech and their 5-1 record and not Georgia and their 3-3 record then Tech has made inroads. If UGA was 5-1 and Tech 3-3, do you think there would even be more than a simple mention about Tech. No. Only complaints about the 1 loss of Ga. That is the real difference.