Quotes after Tech’s win against UNC

Georgia Tech Head Coach Paul Johnson:

Wow, what a game. I thought that both teams played really hard. Hats off to North Carolina. I think their kids came out hard and really battled.

“The first half looked like nobody was going to stop anybody, and then in the second half the dreaded turnovers kind of reared their head and we were fortunate we got some points off of them. It wasn’t always pretty, and we made some bad mistakes. I’m proud of our guys for competing. They played hard and they played like they wanted to win.

“Anytime you win I’m happy. It’s hard to win. Anybody that takes winning for granted isn’t very smart because it’s hard to win. I don’t think in my three years here we’ve ever had any easy wins. They’re all hard.”

Georgia Tech A-back Orwin Smith, on his touchdown:

“We got the A-back on the corner and the receiver on the safety and it was green grass from there. It was pretty shocking. Just like practice. But you want to go into a game expecting some plays to go like that. Coach wants us to feel that it’s going to open up because he wants us to hit it 90 miles an hour and go.”

North Carolina coach Butch Davis:

“(Georgia Tech) is a tough team to play against, not only from a talent standpoint, but from a schematic standpoint. There’s a certain formula that you have to have to try to beat Georgia Tech. You go into the ballgame knowing that you’re just going to have a limited number of possessions during the course of the game just because of the scheme and the style that they play, and a couple of things happened our way that we would have liked to have capitalized on. You’ve got to get some fourth-down stops, because they historically have gone for it on fourth down multiple times over the last three seasons and when you get those, it’s almost like a turnover because there’s not going to be a field position switch, you’re going to be able to take the ball over at that point in time. Certainly one of the biggest was having a 24-17 lead. You get a stop, you get the ball, now if you can go down and make it more than a one-score ballgame it really enhances your opportunity to kind of make them play left-handed a little bit. It takes the ball out of the fullback some of the time, it makes them have to run the ball a little bit more, do some things they don’t like to do. As long as they’re staying in that comfort zone of a tie ballgame, slightly behind, a little bit of a lead, they can continue to operate business as usual.”

Georgia Tech B-back Anthony Allen, on concentration inherent in 20-play drives:

“I understand discipline. Coach stresses being in shape in practice and in camp. And when you get on a long drive like that, you have to be disciplined, work on ball security and work on doing the right things to avoid mental errors.”

Allen on his runs:

“They had to play the pitch after Orwin broke that big run. They were flowing the Mike linebacker out there – and hard – to stop the pitch. They were slanting guys to take the quarterback, and that left it open for me.”

Roddy Jones, on the play of the A-backs:

“I think we hurt them on the perimeter enough to where they had to take it away. There are still some things that we need to correct, but it’s definitely improved from last week.”

Jones on why the time of possession advantage didn’t translate into a bigger lead:

“We definitely should have been up by more than six. We have to finish drives.”

40 comments Add your comment

supersize that order, mutt

September 18th, 2010
5:21 pm

First ??? WOW

WonderDawg

September 18th, 2010
5:25 pm

Congrats, Techies. PJ and Co did a good job of gutting out a win.

Your Boss

September 18th, 2010
5:30 pm

supersize that order, mutt ……You’re Stupid, I’ll be happy to Supersize it and take your money…My McD ownership cost way more than what you’ll make buttboy….How’s the Heisman Joke

GT23

September 18th, 2010
5:33 pm

Good recovery from last week. The offense looked more in the groove and the blocking on the corners was much better today. Ball control by the offense won this game. Our defense still has a long way to go, but they had some fight in them in the 2nd half. We have to get better on the defensive side of the football. Good win! Go Jackets!

London Jacket

September 18th, 2010
5:39 pm

A lot of people have been criticizing Paul Johnson and Al Groh but they came up big today with key adjustments. And when I look at what Groh got out of our defense and then compare it to the sort of players I see on Butch Davis’ team I think this guy is doing alright. Team is getting better still inconsistent but improving.

Joe Schmoe

September 18th, 2010
5:39 pm

Hard fought game… Hey my team from the Mountain West Airforce is tied up with Oklahoma.

Georgia Tech Virgin

September 18th, 2010
5:53 pm

I’m glad this game didn’t take too long: it’s World of Warcraft and Cheetos Night on East Campus!!

killerj

September 18th, 2010
6:01 pm

Grabbed some blue that made my day! Roll Wreck ! THWG!

reebok

September 18th, 2010
6:03 pm

any win is a good win, but we looked awfully ragged…i have no idea what to expect against NC State next week at home. there were some signs of life from our defense in the 2nd half…maybe Groh & his boys figured some things out (dare to dream!!!)

Delbert D.

September 18th, 2010
6:03 pm

Joe – Where are you getting the Air Force game?

Win is a win

September 18th, 2010
6:04 pm

I’ll take it.
Not a work of art, but a win on the road, in conference. Never throw those back !

RAMBLE ON!!!

September 18th, 2010
6:16 pm

Defense saved the game in the 2nd half. Hopefully, they are being to understand Al Groh’s scheme.

Seem’s there are a couple of unhappy fleabags on here. haha

I thought the mutts fired Willie Martinez?

fire Paul Hewitt

September 18th, 2010
6:21 pm

Great job Team and Coaches. Keep up the good work. Thanks

MindHead

September 18th, 2010
6:26 pm

I have noticed a lot of Tech fans on the Bulldog Blog following are loss to Arkansas. I actually love it.

Here is my prediction – Georgia goes into the Tech game at Sanford Stadium with a grand total of 3 wins and GT comes in with 9 wins. The Georgia faithful are out of their skulls pissed and want Richt’s head on a silver platter… Bobo is already toast by then, with Richt taking over the OC duties. Richt has been told that if he loses to Tech his career in Athens is over. Georgia beats Georgia Tech 31 to 10. Georgia Tech fans come unglued and start a web site entitled FireAlGroh.com. After Tech get’s blown out in their bowl game the nerds start a web site entitled FirePaulLittleJohnson.com.

Corninmypooh

September 18th, 2010
6:29 pm

Tech struggled again, this time to a team that was fielding 4 total starters from last year, due off field indescretions. When are Tech fans going to realize that Paul Johnson is not an ACC caliber coach and your HS offense is way too one dimensional.

GTMAN

September 18th, 2010
6:37 pm

GT will be just fine. They have some things they need to improve on, but overall, they are playing well. The offense dominated the time of possession and the defense stepped up when it mattered. It’s an ACC road win and that’s all that matters. Next week will be much tougher when Wilson and crew come to Atlanta. However, I still believe the Jackest can win the ACC and beat UGA this year. THWG! Go Jackets!

GTMAN

September 18th, 2010
6:40 pm

MindHead

You are one clueless individual. Hey, the dawgs look like crap and lost to Arkanas at home. It was their first SEC road win in who knows how long and they are nothing special anyway. UGA will win more than 3 games, maybe 6, but don’t under estimate GT by the end of the year. GT will win 8-10 games and will give your beloved Jailyard dawgs all they can handle. THWG! Go IDAHO STATE. LMFAO! Play a real schedule you wimps.

GTMAN

September 18th, 2010
6:42 pm

Mindhead:

Do you have the red panties? I heard you are wearing them, or did AJ sell them with his Jersey. Joke of a school, team and academics. UGA is pathetic. I know, I know, next year is your year to win it all. Keep dreaming, as it will never happen. “tears are falling in Athens from the sky” “tears are falling in Athens from the sky”, panties are going around the campus on the fly and our players are getting arrested coz they lie. THWG!

bcinbuford

September 18th, 2010
6:48 pm

Great win today. They actually showed up, unlike last week. Any win is a great win! Just remember Mindhead, it was PJ throwing the UGA game last year that saved Richt’s job and only got Martinez fired.

Reality

September 18th, 2010
6:49 pm

I know that this weekend ruins the week for ajc writers – Tech wins and uga losses. Too bad.

Go Tech! THWG!

InsectInside

September 18th, 2010
6:49 pm

I’ll look for MindHeads book in the fiction section.

SC Jacket

September 18th, 2010
6:52 pm

This was a great win… the way UNC’s offense looked in the second half against LSU certainly made me think that Yates was going to light up the Tech secondary… but from the second quarter on, our defense started getting stops…. don’t know what the adjustment was, but got to give Groh some credit for that… Too bad they could not do the same at Kansas last week…

bcinbuford

September 18th, 2010
6:53 pm

Look for it in the fantasy section

g

September 18th, 2010
6:59 pm

Corninmypooh:

Last time I checked Paul Johnson is 1-1 against you. Don’t underestimate him…he’s a football coach!

GraysonBuz

September 18th, 2010
7:32 pm

Great Win! But defence is a real problem. We are not taking it to them, to many players waiting to make a tackle. we’re not going to the ball. Just not getting it done yet. It could be we don’t have the personel on defence.

Wreckbone

September 18th, 2010
8:32 pm

What are you taking about on the defense. After the scores it was punt fumble punt fumble Downs last 5 possessions.. I’ll take that type of defensive ending and adjustment anytime.. and just think one more play made by both teams the previous week and this would have been a game between a couple top 15 teams.. Al is doing well.. first year and we are making adjustments DURING games already

stendek

September 18th, 2010
8:34 pm

Stumpknocker

September 18th, 2010
8:56 pm

A win is a win. Let’s take it and be happy. O and D play is coming around and will get better. Can’t help but laugh after peeking at the dawg blog. They’re all calling for Bobo’s head now, excuses……excuses, always the coach at fault, never the team.

outsider

September 18th, 2010
9:06 pm

Corninmyooh, in case you have not noticed, tech’s little high school offense is averaging near 400 yards a game. What’s bozo’s offense averaging? Seems to me no one has really stopped it this year.

more stats

September 18th, 2010
9:32 pm

the two weeks to “get it” is a myth!

Bill Curry

September 18th, 2010
9:38 pm

ACC is very weak this year! Would love to play Tech!!

Sportsrealist

September 18th, 2010
10:12 pm

I know that you guys are enjoying the UGA loss, but GT doesn’t look much better. You guys squeaked by a depleted UNC team. I think it’s gonna be a long year for both of teams.

Basicfootball

September 19th, 2010
5:53 am

Unless GT learns how to tackle somebody, they are going to be in for a long, losing season. Until UGA realizes 4-5 star recruits sitting in jail can’t help the program, they are going to be the miserable under-achievers they have been for years.

bob horner

September 19th, 2010
6:01 am

Boo Hoo,boo hoo we want aj …if we had aj we would win.. the reason we are 0-2 is we dont have aj..we need aj…boo hoo..can aj play defence? we need him….boo hoo…can aj coach? we need him….we want aj

GTPak

September 19th, 2010
7:13 am

After the first half, I had nicknamed our defense “Nancy” because they were playing like a bunch of girls. I was wishing we had Tenuta. They looked better in the 2nd half, but the offense took more control of the play clock, so the defense didn’t have to be out there as often. Glad to see TJ Barnes get some playing time, looked like he was tough to stop at times. Anyone see the So Miss – Kansas game? So Miss could put the pressure on the Kansas QB, but we couldn’t. We need a monster man in the middle, if this 3-4 is going to work. The 3-4 is not working for the Dawgs either. Looks too much like a prevent defense. Plus, I think the D needs to work on tackling basics, that would help a lot.

At the start of the 2nd half, Allen really had it going. Was Bedford out starting the second half for a while? Who played as his backup? Maybe it was a scheme change, but someone was blocking better for Allen. Orwin Smith really looked good. Seems like he has vision, patience, and speed. Roddy had a good game as well.

It is a team effort, and others doing their job can help make the backs look really good.

Let’s just see if the D can show up during the first half next game, I don’t want to rename the 3-4 defense the Nancy defense. Go Jackets! Congrats on a tough, hard fought win!

stan

September 19th, 2010
7:28 am

good win go jackets!!

Nate

September 19th, 2010
9:01 am

Lsu struggled and barely won against the same unc team. And they had 3 less starters to fend against. I’d say we’re as good as the best sec besides obvious alabama. No one is close to them.

Funny

September 19th, 2010
9:06 am

Ga could only get 6 points against usc while furman scored 19

roughrider

September 19th, 2010
9:48 am

A good win by Tech.

UGA = Yawn

September 19th, 2010
9:55 am

In his 3 years at Tech he hasn’t seen any easy wins??? LOL. Ah, a win at Kansas should have been super EASY!!!