GT’s path to the ACC title game wide open

Earlier in the day, I posted a bunch of game-after quotes, the lazy-man’s blog.

However, that was before Clemson defeated Miami in Miami. Now,  Georgia Tech needs to only win its two remaining ACC games, against Wake Forest and Duke, no less, and it’s headed to Tampa to play for the ACC title.

Who would they play, you ask? Right now, it would be a rematch against the Tigers. Clemson and BC are tied atop the Atlantic, but the Tigers have the tie-breaker thanks to the beatdown they administered to the Eagles earlier this year. Remember that one? BC had 54 yards, I think, in the game.

I think of all the teams from the Atlantic that Tech would not want to play, Clemson would be at the top of that list. The Tigers seem to have gotten things figured out on offense now, and freshman quarterback Kyle Parker, for all the mistakes he made against Miami, still led the the Tigers to the win in a tough place to play.

Plus, the Tigers have the experience of already playing Tech’s offense once this season. Of course, CPJ has the experience of playing them, as well.

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Now, back to what I had earlier:

Georgia Tech Player Quotes

Junior Running Back Anthony Allen
On winning in Charlottesville for the first time since 1990:
“Coach gives us all the motivation ­ we had a lot of firsts this year and this has to be one of the biggest ones.”

On wearing down the Virginia defense:
“When we had that 11 minute drive ­ as A-backs, we are rolling in and out.
We are staying fresh as we’re coming in looking at the lineman across from us. That dog tired. We knew we had them right then.”

On the difference makers between this season and last season:
“We are just playing as a team. We are trying to finish. We are practicing hard, getting ready for our games better ­ we are just playing as a team a lot better this year.”

On the effectiveness of the triple option:
“I was just going to my assignments, but with the triple option they have to stop three valuable assets to the game ­ they have to stop the dive, they have to stop the quarterback, and they have to stop the pitch. Sometimes you can tell that they get weary going to stop one part while they are trying to get to another part.”

On the success of the pitch:
“With the 3-4 defense that they run, they have the second man on line which is usually the guy we pitch off of and he was coming up and trying to play the pitch and the quarterback, but he had to determine which one he wanted.
“He was taking the quarterback and then sometimes he couldn’t get out.”

On the significance of the win:
“We came into the locker room at halftime and we knew we were playing for the championship. We were playing to go into first place. We had to come out in the second half and take it home. We had to play smash-mouth football and that’s what we did.”

Georgia Tech Head Coach Paul Johnson
On the win:
“That was a good win. We didn’t play very well in the first half and you have to give Virginia some credit. They showed up and played hard. I thought we played much better in the second half. We controlled the game on offense, and once we got in the red zone on defense, not to give up a touchdown was big. As long as you do that, you’re going to win a lot of football games.”

On Georgia Tech’s defense:
“We didn’t give up any big plays and that was key. If you don’t give up a big play, you have the chance to snap it again and make another play on defense. When you hold them to nine points, that’s pretty good.”

On Georgia Tech quarterback Josh Nesbitt:
“He’s way better now than he was a year ago. The more you do things, the better you’re going to get at them. I think the game has slowed down for him. Last year, the game was so fast for him. He has a better feel for what is going on.”

On the Georgia Tech team:
“They believe in themselves and what we are doing here. They’ve worked hard.
When they come to play, they feel like they are going to win. Everyone keeps doubting them, and they keep coming back and trying to answer the call.”

On winning at Virginia for the first time since 1990:
“I talked to them about it before the game. I told them that Georgia Tech hadn’t won here since 1990, and that they could be the team to break that streak.”

Junior Running Back Jonathan Dwyer
On field conditions and effects:
“I wouldn’t say it was difficult to cut. It was difficult to burst ­ felt like you had 20-pound weights on your feet. That was kind of unusual. I wasn’t used to that since high school.”

On intensity:
“I guess a lot of guys on the team were challenging me to go full speed and go all out throughout this whole game and take every opportunity that’s given to me. I was trying to make a play to get the team fired up.”

On breaking tackles:
“My position coach [Brian] Bohannon keep telling me on the head set, ‘Keep plugging, keep plugging. You’re going to break one sooner or later. So just keep playing.’ That was my mindset throughout the whole game.”

276 comments Add your comment

CGATechfan

October 24th, 2009
5:45 pm

CGATechfan

October 24th, 2009
5:47 pm

and second!

Great win Jackets! It’s good to see the team get the monkey off their back when it comes to playing in Charlottesville. Now let’s hope for a Miami loss against Clemson!

GT JJ

October 24th, 2009
5:48 pm

GT JJ

October 24th, 2009
5:49 pm

too bad we couldn’t get a quote about how dwyer felt after blowing up that idiot db who thought he could tackle dwyer around the pads.

GT93

October 24th, 2009
5:52 pm

Great job of grinding out the win in the 2nd half. The TV announcers started talking about how deflated the VA players looked, and I gotta admit it was quite satisfying. Add that Dwyer “locomotive” run over the VA player for 7 extra yards to the season’s highlight reel. Go Jackets!!

bugsquacher

October 24th, 2009
5:53 pm

what does GT and National Championship have in common? ABSOLUTLEY NOTHING…

bugsquacher

October 24th, 2009
5:54 pm

to hell with tech

MagnaCarterGT

October 24th, 2009
5:55 pm

Bitter, bugsquacher? (Also, learn to spell.)

bugsquacher

October 24th, 2009
5:57 pm

wow, you beat a 3-3 team….no not bitter, just think its funny…..

bugsquacher

October 24th, 2009
5:57 pm

Sunshine

October 24th, 2009
6:02 pm

Get a mouth full from Staffod did you bugsquacher?

GT JJ

October 24th, 2009
6:06 pm

hey squacher, whatever that means, got nothing better to do than sit around on tech blogs being bitter? i thought you predicted a loss to uva?

GT JJ

October 24th, 2009
6:07 pm

come on clemson!!!!

bugsquacher

October 24th, 2009
6:09 pm

every team gets lucky….

Joe Schmoe

October 24th, 2009
6:10 pm

Clemson driving down the field, see what they can do.

Joe Schmoe

October 24th, 2009
6:12 pm

Haha, Clemson tried to use the ole fake um but couldnt complete.

Joe Schmoe

October 24th, 2009
6:12 pm

Yea, UGA is lucky with 4 wins.

GT For You And Me

October 24th, 2009
6:15 pm

“It’s hard to play against them because they have all those different options,” Virginia defensive lineman John-Kevin Dolce said. “One player, and the next, and the next.” Can’t defend this Bugsquacher,now can you. Go suck on a pup teet…….

Savannah Fan

October 24th, 2009
6:17 pm

Great Win-A few more to go -then Dog fans will cry again

GT JJ

October 24th, 2009
6:20 pm

yeah, 34-9 is pure luck. hope you’re enjoying whatever it is you’re smoking right now

jackette

October 24th, 2009
6:21 pm

Clemson just may pull this off, game tied with Miami… who knows GT could play Clemson again for the ACC title..no one said it was going to be easy so game on…again…

jason

October 24th, 2009
6:49 pm

Tech, Congrats on another win. At least you guys are doing the state of GA proud. Looks like you will be Top 10 next week.

Matt

October 24th, 2009
6:50 pm

BUG, learn how to spell dude!! You are a disappointment to the educational system. Oh, I’m sorry you must by a UGAG grad so I’ll use small words so you can comprehend- YOU IZ STOOPID

mountain_jim

October 24th, 2009
7:25 pm

Yes – Clemson Wins!

GT For You And Me

October 24th, 2009
7:25 pm

Off to the ACC title game BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tech82

October 24th, 2009
7:26 pm

All we have to do is take care of business and we’re playing in Tampa.

IndyGT

October 24th, 2009
7:26 pm

Clemson beats the U. Its ours to lose

PB

October 24th, 2009
7:26 pm

woohoo!! Clempson wins!

GT For You And Me

October 24th, 2009
7:28 pm

No way GT lets this title game slip by!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

KillerBee

October 24th, 2009
7:29 pm

miami goes down !! MIAMI GOES DOWN !! sweeeeeeet !!!

jackette

October 24th, 2009
7:29 pm

there you go, may have to play Clempson in title game but GAME ON helll no one said it would be easy

collegeballfan

October 24th, 2009
7:31 pm

All GT fans, if you know a Clemson guy buy him a beer.

GT For You And Me

October 24th, 2009
7:31 pm

GT is a much better team now,than when we played Clemson earlier………….

k-money

October 24th, 2009
7:33 pm

What does GT and NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP have in common? The Number 4. Because thats how many we have. How many does JAWJA have? Soon to be 5. 11-28…. we’re coming…..

dagtbuzzman

October 24th, 2009
7:33 pm

OH my Clemson lemson wins. Look out BCS here we come !!!!!!!!!!
To Hell with Ga. We got bigger fish to fry !!!!!!!!!!!!

Mister T

October 24th, 2009
7:33 pm

Great win JACKETS!

WAY TO GO C-L-E-M-S-OOOOOO-N!

#1 in ACC Coastal!
THWg!

dagtbuzzman

October 24th, 2009
7:34 pm

Too excited to spell.

jackette

October 24th, 2009
7:35 pm

GT FANS need to get to Tampa cause if Clemson ends up in it, their fans will come in droves

ramblin wreck since 1990

October 24th, 2009
7:36 pm

see u in tampa baby!!!!!! maybe a national title shot who knows????

collegeballfan

October 24th, 2009
7:36 pm

bugsquacher
Alabama just beat a 3 – 3 team. Take them out of the top 10 right?

Flowery Branch Yellow Jacket

October 24th, 2009
7:37 pm

We’re in control of our destiny, but don’t think we’re a lock on the ACC title game just yet. I guarantee you that CPJ will not let the team think like that. Keep in mind that the Dukies have only one loss in the conference, and we still have to play them. Should we beat them? Absolutely … but what we SHOULD do has no bearing on the results of the game. After all, Miami SHOULD have beat Clemson.

Let’s focus on one game at a time, making sure that we STAY in control of our destiny. Go Jackets!

Not Disappointed

October 24th, 2009
7:37 pm

Clemson wins a thriller. Ramblin Wreck!

gt76

October 24th, 2009
7:38 pm

ACC Championship…Pasadena here we come…Bama falls to 4th in the polls…GT moves up to 6th this week

Scooter

October 24th, 2009
7:46 pm

‘Wow’ its our chance to win or lose the coastal division now. We are definitely in the driver seat . Great win GT. and Clemson. Didn’t actually believe anyone would beat Miami. Just stay focused and remember one game at a time. Way to shake the monkey off your back today. Lets keep rocking and a rolling and keep the big Tech machine winning. Goooooooo Tech.

go tech

October 24th, 2009
7:46 pm

Just made a hotel reservation for Tampa (only holding it just in case, so it’s not bad luck).

Not Disappointed

October 24th, 2009
7:53 pm

Great wins today. Breaking the spell at UVA & Clemson throwing a life line!
Now, we need to finish strong!

Ramblin Wreck!

gtne80

October 24th, 2009
8:01 pm

One more huge step today. With the Miami loss, our fate is in our own hands. Win the two remaining conference games and we’re in the ACCCG.

Vandy on the road, Wake at home, Duke on the road, Dawgs at home.

Just stay focused. Should be solid favorite in all 4. However, any of them could be lost with a lackluster effort.

reggie ball

October 24th, 2009
8:02 pm

hey bugsquacher (sic), how ’bout those jackets!

your beatdown is coming…

jackette

October 24th, 2009
8:09 pm

awesome game today Ga Tech, Anthony Allen you just stood out and the Defense Rocked! All the way turnt up guys! Hey Coach Wommack, job well done! Way to turn things around…this team is so “turnt up” it not only deserved to win but it also deserved for Clemson to beat Miami.
Derrick Morgan is as handsome as he is talented….

Tech fans…if Clemson somehow gets into ACC title game, their fans will go in droves to Tampa, so please you have to make the drive too. This team is too good to not have your there to show support. Spend your money and head to Tampa. Next year in Charlotte closer to me.

Dirk Digler

October 24th, 2009
8:14 pm

Did anyone else feel weird pulling for Clemson? Dabo and the boys tried to throw it away several times. Nevertheless, we don’t need help from anyone else now. Great win today Jackets!! Take it to the house.