How have they done it?

There seems to be neither rhyme nor reason to why Georgia Tech hasn’t won in Charlottesville since 1990.
But, it hasn’t.
It’s lost by one point (2001). It’s lost by 31 (1992).
Tech coach Paul Johnson hasn’t put too much stock into history. As I wrote in Monday’s paper, he said it doesn’t help you block and tackle, and it doesn’t give you any points.
So, this may be one time when the team’s general lack of experience may prove a benefit.
There are only seven fifth-year seniors (and five on scholarship) who could be familiar with the house of horrors that has been Charlottesville.
Johnson wasn’t able to speak to us after practice today because of a speaking engagement in Macon. So, I don’t have a lot of news for you.
I would like to know what you thought of the new videos on MegaJackeTron that played during Saturday’s game against Virginia Tech. I wrote about them in the notebook in Tuesday’s paper. That story should be posted soon.

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At Home Jacket

October 19th, 2009
11:06 pm

gold and white

October 19th, 2009
11:11 pm

videos seemed to get crows and players pumped. what more could you ask for?


October 19th, 2009
11:32 pm

How about Josh Nesbitt for the Hiesman! Why not? Who has made more great plays and carried a team. Tebow? McCoy?


October 19th, 2009
11:36 pm


October 19th, 2009
11:48 pm

I didn’t see the crows, gold and white. Just kidding.

Yes, the videos are great. I can say that I saw more of the “reserved alum areas” up out of their seats making noise than ever before. That is great. Anything that makes BDS a greater home field advantage, I like. And I also think the recruits will like the videos.

Go Jackets!!


October 20th, 2009
12:07 am

I think that the player videos will really impress recruits. I am sure more than a few of them would like to see 3 story versions of themselves on the MegaJackeTron. I think they also helped get the crowd involved. I also like GTGs videos. –>


October 20th, 2009
12:22 am

Scott Stadium is NOT a house of horrors. We’ve just had previous coaches that didn’t press the Jackets to win and win everywhere away from BDS. Tech is known for dropping at least one ACC game per year to someone they should just run over. Virginia has been one of those that have had our number at home. I think things are changing now. We go win at Doak Campbell for the first time. Then we beat #4 in the nation. A win as huge as last Saturday’s goes a LOT further than just 6-1 and #11 in the AP poll. The Jackets have now emotionally bought into what CPJ is coaching and a win like last Saturday confirms it to them. They’ll win their first in Charlottesville since…

…1990. That last win in Scott Stadium led to a national title. Sisson’s field goal with 7 seconds left is memorialized on a t-shirt in “Toe Meets Leather”, available at GET YOURS TODAY (before the Virginia game)!!!


October 20th, 2009
12:23 am

That Travis Porter song really got the house jumpin!!!
i saw this dude in his late 40s maybe early 50s jammin hard to it with his daugther!
Keep the videos coming!!!


October 20th, 2009
12:45 am

GT has a great chance to make it to the BCS title game if they win out. In both 2003 and 2007 the no. 12 team in the BCS rankings would have made it if they won out.

GT the sky is the limit, you should be out for blood against the rest of your schedule this year. It’s a rare opportunity. Everybody ranked above you is weak, there are no world beaters out there and they are going to all drop a game.


October 20th, 2009
12:45 am

got the fans and players pumped
I havent been to a tech game in a long time where the fans have got into it like that, u guys gotta get up like that everygame


October 20th, 2009
1:05 am

HOW can you NOT love CPJ’s attitude towards the history of Tech’s program?! His focus on “the next opponent” is EXACTLY what has this team succeeding on the field. I’ve always enjoyed being a Tech fan, even in the lean years. I am, truly, LOVING being a Tech fan now! GO TECH!!!


October 20th, 2009
1:23 am

I hope CPJ keeps winning, if only so I can stop hearing about these friggin losing streaks every other game. Can’t win at UVA. 0-17-1. Never beat FSU at FSU. The endless losing streak against FSU that we broke last year. And of course 7 in a row against UGA. We get it, we’ve sucked for a good long while. New coach, better team, time to move on.


October 20th, 2009
1:45 am

The streak at Virginia is of no relevance to Paul Johnson and this team. I am confident with Paul Johnson leading this team into any game at any venue. This is a far cry from the prior administration.

Go to for more articles on Georgia Tech Football and the Hokies Kam Chancellor. Go Jackets!


October 20th, 2009
2:56 am

I thought the audio-visual system, programming, and videos in particular were very energizing. It helped to create and maintain a “buzz” in the crowd (pun intended).


October 20th, 2009
5:35 am

The review of the Yellow Jackets win against the # 4 rated Virginia Tech Hokies is now available for viewing on It’s a great time to be a Georgia Tech football fan. Go Jackets!


October 20th, 2009
6:09 am

KSEE, I was that old dude who was jammin with his daughter. Just so you know, when I’m at BDS, I’m jammin whether with my daughter, my wife, or the really old dude sitting next to me. Hey, I was at BDS back in November, 1962, when Bear Bryant, Joe Namath, and the Crimson Tide got stung by Bobby Dodd, Billy Lothridge, and the mighty Jackets. All us old geezers were jammin then too. Just so you know we always be JAMMIN WITH THE JACKETS.


October 20th, 2009
6:36 am

Very creative. Positive impact. My Kids love it. Saturday even the old folks were dancing while the whistle was blowing and the “O” train was coming!

Watching the VT supporters faces scowl through my binoculars (including the rest of the visiting teams) as the GTG’s play their music is absolutely priceless.

Jim Grogan

October 20th, 2009
7:30 am

Yes, the videos were very well done. Everyone watched them and responded to them. I’ve been coming to Tech games since the 50’s (saw Tech upset Bama 7-6 in ‘62) and I’ve never seen so much Tech logo apparrell being worn. Everyone is getting into having pride in the program and it’s a great testament to what CPJ has accomplished in just a year and a half. 15-5 overall, 10-1 at home. It’s a great time to be a Jacket. Let’s support this program with a lot of energy and enthusiasm. Go Jackets!! THWG!!


October 20th, 2009
7:42 am

Loved the videos and crowd energy…it was mayhem in the fourth quarter. We brought a VT alum with us to the game. He kept looking over at me and just shaking his head when the whole place was rocking. After the game he said that he thought BDS was as loud if not louder than Lane Stadium at times! GO JACKETS!!! BEAT THE WAHOOS!!!


October 20th, 2009
7:48 am

Why is PJ not the highest paid coach in the state?


October 20th, 2009
7:58 am

i think the videos are very high energy and fun…maybe help pump up recruits, get them feeling this is an exciting place to play. GO JACKETS!


October 20th, 2009
8:00 am

Joe Schmoe

October 20th, 2009
8:16 am

Man I was “ALL DA WAY TURNT UP!” , for those of you that were not there, here is the best video I could find I youtube of the in game song.

Those Hokies were in shock with the Travis Porter and GTG groups that came on.

mike duncan

October 20th, 2009
8:23 am

Nerds gone wild!!!!!!

mike duncan

October 20th, 2009
8:44 am

I like guys, those UGA guys especially. So soft!


October 20th, 2009
8:54 am

I must say that was the loudest I’ve heard BDS@HGF.

Good job by your fans….hopefully for you guys the days of struggling to sellout 55k seats will soon be over.

Tokyo jacket

October 20th, 2009
8:57 am

Man, I can’t wait to make my annual 14 hour flight to watch GT whip UGA for two in a row. Wasn’t three the magic number for the previous UGA coach? I really want to see all the in stadium hype going on. VT is a great place to watch a football game. ESPN’s Heather Dinnich also said that BDS@HGF was louder than anything she’s experienced in Blacksburg this year. That’s one heck of a compliment. Concrete on four sides (along with winning) will do that!


October 20th, 2009
8:58 am

The only reason that I can think of why Georgia Tech hasn’t won at Scott Stadium since 1990 is that’s the price that Tech must pay to the “Football Gods” for winning the National Title. There is nothing about the setting or any common factor for all of those games that Tech lost.

Unfortunately I wasn’t at the Virginia Tech game so I didn’t see the videos. I guess I have something to look forward to at the next home game.

Old Tech

October 20th, 2009
8:59 am

Videos were great. Need more white board dude!!!!!!


October 20th, 2009
9:00 am

I would LOVE to get UGA down 31-7 in the 3rd quarter on Thanksgiving weekend, and start a pro-GT “Nerds” chant at BDS.


October 20th, 2009
9:03 am

Question how is it that when the UGA players dance on the sidelines during the game they are abunch of thugs but GT danced all night during the VT game are they abunch of thugs now or they were just fired up right can anyone say double standerd


October 20th, 2009
9:12 am

I didn’t care for the videos. Why did they change the song from ‘Crazy Train’ to some irrelevant song? Crazy Train fit the ‘Full Steam Ahead’ theme. As long as the final score favors the Jackets I can live with the changing flavor.


October 20th, 2009
9:26 am

Joe, thats because UGA is always celabrating, even when losing. Look at how when GT scores a touchdown, they give the ball back to the ref and head to the sidelines. Get a grip dude.

Savannah Jacket

October 20th, 2009
9:35 am

Joe. I have an answer for you. When you encourage your entire team to storm the field and get a penality for celebrating…. that is acting like a bunch of thugs. And being condoned by your coach is unacceptable! When you are playing the #4 team in the nation and score putting you up by 11, and the stadium is rocking like I have never seen it… that is college kids bouncing around on the sidelines enjoying the moment… completely different situation. For what its worth I thought the AJ Green flag this year was total BS. Along with the other horrible calls that the same SEC Crew made against Arkansas this past weekend. I guess they have to do what it takes to keep Florida undefeated so the SEC can talk about what a great conferance it is.

As I said yesterday. Saturday was the most fun that I have ever had at Bobby Dodd. The place was electric from the time the team entered the field. The guys working the mega-jacket-tron and sound system did an outstanding job. As mentioned before… you usually see the student sections excited… but this was the entire stadium, even some of the more senior ticket holders were really into it. The best was looking around when they played the zombie dance song, it looked like the entire stadium was moving. AWESOME!

Trade School Junkie

October 20th, 2009
9:35 am

When it comes down to those “INTANGIBLES” that unify and really MAKE a team, GT has found it. Two KEY moments happened in the past 2 weeks that has set this team completely on fire.

1. When Nesbitt “stole” his fumble back from FSU
2. When the GT-D sacked Tyrod Taylor on 3rd down in 3rd Qtr
(The sack happened right after the MegaJacketron had started playing the ALL THE WAY video)

Why these two? Because they are “rallying” points.

Other team members have commented in interviews that witnessing what Nesbitt was willing and able to do to win vs FSU has made every other player step up their level of play.

Its a…”by God, if my QB can play like a warrior like that, then I will to” type of attitude change. Player interviews have stated that THAT was a KEY moment for this team.

Also, the 3rd qtr / 3rd down sack on Tyrod Taylor. He had not been sacked the whole game. There is a youtube video of the GT locker room after the win vs VT, and all the players were celebrating to the ALL THE WAY video. So, what dos that mean?

It means (in the BIGGER picture) this TEAM has found a “THEME” or a “personality” to rally around.

Coaches say that teams kind of develop a “personality” of sorts and that really sarts to unify a team.

Well this team has DEFINITLEY found it, and its obvious.

Expect to hear A LOT MORE “All the way” from here forward.


October 20th, 2009
9:36 am

To me, our record against Virginia in the last 15 years is one of the big mysteries for GT. During the last 15 years GT has winning records against every team they have played more than a couple of times, except FSU, UGA, VT and Virginia.

I understand losing records in that time frame to FSU, UGA and VT (not that I like it). Those schools have fielded quality teams year in and year out. But, Virginia??? We need to put a stop to that. Starting this year!


October 20th, 2009
9:40 am

full or not-it was rocking saturday night and we won!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Trade School Junkie

October 20th, 2009
9:45 am

GT was in COMPLETE CONTROL of VT in the 2nd half.

If GT stays on the ground and does not throw that really bad INT in the 3rd Qtr, then GT goes up 21-10. Instead, VT converts on 2nd down and Williams runs for 6. Also, if GT does not fumble in 4th Qtr, then GT likely scores again.

The fact is, that game could have EASILY been GT: 38-10.
It was a SOLID victory where GT-O and GT-D were imposing their wills.

If (BIG IF) NEsbit reamins healthy, is there ANY GT that doesn think GT is gonna score 35-40 pts on: UVA, Vandy, Wake, Duke, and the muuts


October 20th, 2009
9:46 am

I would rather play in front of 50K and win than play in front of 95K and lose

buzz is wiser

October 20th, 2009
9:53 am

It reminds me of UGA (sorry to bring them up) a couple of years ago, the year they beat Florida. It seemed that their theme song for that year of Solja boy and they all danced on the sidelines. Don’t care much for them dancing but it sure brings a smile to my face when a local act like Travis Porter can get our team to dancing. First that means we’re winning on the field and with 17-18 year old kids liking Travis Porter, that sure couldn’t hurt recruiting.

Savannah Jacket

October 20th, 2009
9:56 am

Isn’t it amazing what the “right coach” can do for a program. I hope that we do WHATEVER is necessary to keep CPJ for a very long time.

Just One More Time!!!

Trade School Junkie

October 20th, 2009
10:11 am

Regarding the road the ACC-CG…

Miami has lost a TON of KEY players to injuries over the past two weeks.
Those player losses should be evident on Saturday when Clemson & Miami play. I think Clemson will win and THAT should clear the road to the ACC-CG for GT.

Remaining ACC games are:
Clemson (4) games: Miami, FSU, NCSt, UVA
Miami (5) games: Clemson, Wake, UVA, UNC, Duke
FSU (5) games: UNC, NCSt, Clemson, Wake, MD

FSU plays at UNC this Thursday. UNC just lost two RBs. FSU should have the edge.

So, it really comes down to 2 key games:

FSU vs UNC (this Thursday): An FSU loss here eliminiates them.

Clemson vs Miami (this saturday)
A CU win all but locks up the ACC-A
A CU loss means Clemson-FSU game will decide the ACC-A.

Clemson vs FSU

I saw a replay of Miami vs UCF game. The way Miami played that game, Duke could have beaten Miami. The Miami player losses are showing.

If I had to guess now, I’d say that it’s likely to come down to GT facing a re-match vs. the winner of Clemson-FSU game.

old gold engineer

October 20th, 2009
10:42 am

It was a great atmosphere last Saturday night. I thought the videos were great for the crowd. However, I thought the players dancing on the field was a little too much: just seemed somewhat unprofessional and borderline unsportsmanlike conduct. I’m glad the players were fired up, but the on-field dancing would have looked pretty silly had VT recovered their onside kick and scored again. Great energy from the fans and the team.


October 20th, 2009
11:55 am

Although an ACC championship would be nice (and a super-long-shot-but-still-possible NC game appearance even nicer), it is almost certain if both GT and Miami win out that we will still get a BCS bid at 11-1. That is not bad. And unless Texas loses and Cincy wins out (with games left against WVU and at Pitt), the Orange Bowl bid will still go to Cincy/Pitt/WVU. Playing Florida or Oregon or TCU (or even rolling over Boise State) would be a nice “consolation” prize.


October 20th, 2009
12:29 pm

Scott Blair for starting B back……jk, but did you see him run that guy down from behind Sat night. I watched that over and over.


October 20th, 2009
12:43 pm

The reason we haven’t won in Charlottesville for many years…Chan Gailey. PJ hasn’t visited there yet, so he can stop that streak this Saturday, just like he stopped Chan’s other bad streak last November.

Yes, that was the best crowd atmosphere in a long long time last Saturday night. I think we sat down about 4 times all game, and that is highly unusual for the “staid west stands”.

Bankerdawg, thanks.


October 20th, 2009
12:48 pm

TSJ, don’t forget about BC. I thought they were dead but they trounced Wake and are in 1st in the ACC-A. I’d much rather meet them than a rematch with either Clemson or FSU.

But let’s just win this Saturday and go from there.


October 20th, 2009
12:50 pm

just a question? why doesn’t jason hill 6-4 310# senior dt play at all?

moved him there in the spring from offense. keep the offense rolling and the d playing-

should win saturday- gotta show up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!GO JACKETS!

Trade School Junkie

October 20th, 2009
12:53 pm

GT Steve:

No kidding. Forget kicking.
With the tackle he makes, he definitley needs to be on DEFENSE. LOL


October 20th, 2009
12:55 pm

I think the videos are a great idea. For anyone who was at the game, there was no denying the energy it brought to the team almost instantly. The crowd fed off the team and suddlenly a very serious home field advantage was created. I hope they continue doing it.