Reviewing the loss to N.C. State

The game that was

A day later, and it’s still a 45-28 loss that could have been much worse if not for two missed field goals. Statistically, the offense is similar to last season, but something seems to be missing, whether it’s a big-play threat at wide receiver or the execution of bread-and-butter plays. Defensively, it’s too similar to last year. There aren’t enough big plays being made or turnovers created.

What we learned

1. Tech’s front seven on defense is having a hard time winning the man-on-man battles. The Yellow Jackets were able to sack N.C. State’s Russell Wilson three times, but only one of those, a sack byIzaan Cross, came from a player winning a one-on-one battle. The rest came from players coming untouched on blitzes. Johnson said they may rotate more players in on defense in an attempt to keep them fresh. He said the players get tired and they quit paying attention to detail.

2. Tech’s passing game remains inconsistent. Joshua Nesbitt was 5-for-18 against the Wolfpack with several more bad misses. For the season, he is 14-for-43 (32.6 percent). Instead of approaching 55 percent passing, which is a goal, his numbers continue to decline. At least once a game he and his receivers don’t seem to be on the same page, withNesbitt throwing as if it’s going to be this route and the receiver runs another. He seldom had time to throw on Saturday, which has been an issue this season. He’s been sacked four times, including three times by theWolfpack.

3. Special teams aren’t dependable. This season there has been a 13-yard punt, a roughing-the-kicker penalty, missed blocks in 2-on-1 situations and against N.C. State there was a punt blocked and recovered for a touchdown. There was also a punt return for negative yards. The blocked punt on Saturday was a combination of a bad snap, a less-than-urgent Chandler Anderson, and anupback who blocked poorly.

Injury report

Preseason All-ACC center Sean Bedford left the game in the first quarter after being kicked in the shin. Coach Paul Johnson said Bedford couldn’t play if the game was tomorrow. They hope to get backup center Jay Finch back this week. He didn’t dress out for Sunday’s game because of a hamstring.

Numbers game

9

Passing plays by N.C. State that went for at least 20 yards. That’s three more big plays than Tech had allowed through the season’s first three games.

Sound bite

“It was very similar to the second game [Kansas] with missed assignments. The effort was better. Last week we didn’t have the missed assignments, not with the numbers this week. It’s disappointing.”

Johnson

Loose ends

Johnson said he was pleased with the play of wide receiver Correy Earls, who made his first reception of the season. … Johnson said that middle linebacker Julian Burnett played more snaps than Brandon Watts, but they he considers them to be interchangeable. Watts had six tackles and Burnett four.

What’s next

Tech will turn its attention to Wake Forest, which has been beaten 99-24 in its past two games. However, it did score 54 points against Duke three weeks ago, so it is capable on offense, which must worryTech’s defense. The Deacons were defeated, 31-0, by Florida State on Saturday. Tech is 1-1 in the ACC, but it was in the same spot last year and went on to win the conference championship. A win in Winston-Salem would be a start.

50 comments Add your comment

Yellow Jacket since 1951

September 27th, 2010
6:08 am

Yes Doug, “a win in Winston-Salem would be a start”. I hope it happens.
However, when the head coach whose defense gave up over 500 yards
makes the statement that a blocked punt was the main problem
in its latest loss, makes one wonder where his priorities are. I hope they
work on more than just protecting the punter this week.

Well, as stated 2 weeks ago...

September 27th, 2010
6:24 am

…so much for that 7-0 start heading into the Clemson, Va. Tech, Miami stretch…

Buck up Tech...

September 27th, 2010
6:25 am

…at least you are not 0-3 in your conference…

Ozzy

September 27th, 2010
6:56 am

It’s a bleak year for college football in Georgia. Luckily, none of us are getting paid for the results, we just get to complain.

I’d wish for basketball season, but I’m not sure I’m looking forward to that either in Tech’s case. Maybe baseball?

GTpak

September 27th, 2010
7:32 am

Orwin Smith was under utilized in this game. He seems to have good vision and can follow blockers.

Stating the obvious, but the D Line just is not cutting it. Said it before and will say it again, we need to recruit some big boys and actually put them in the weight room to get much stronger than this group is. If they aren’t winning the battle upfront, they need be in the weight room and getting into winning shape. If you don’t have more push than the guy in front of you, you are not going to beat him very often.
Same goes for the O line. You lose the battle in the trenches, you are going to lose the game.

ThatStingHurts

September 27th, 2010
7:41 am

The punt was blocked because we had very wide splits on the line….two NC State gusy in a gap, unblocked, in the middle. Well……..? And I continue to wonder why we don’t have a SHORT passing game. Don’t need to hold blocks for long, and hard to defend. But, NO-O-O….all our pass attempts are for 30 to 50 yards. The one short pass (thrown to AA) went for 40 yards. Hello……….

f hudson

September 27th, 2010
8:02 am

The only thing positive about Saturday was number 9 and the kickoff returns. Tech had pretty good field position all day. Nesbit is not that bad a passer. He has no one who can catch the ball in traffic.

Maybe if Nesbitt...

September 27th, 2010
8:02 am

…let go of his ego and changed his name back to ‘Josh’ he would play better…

fan of Tech football

September 27th, 2010
8:17 am

Wake has QB problems…so if Tech can avoid another dud, Sat nite could/should be the next start of something good. Need to keep that string of no two-in-a-row going.

Reduce fossil fuels…build more wind turbines!

1276jacket

September 27th, 2010
8:21 am

Blocked punt so we play catch up all game. We are not much different on offense or defense from last year.

GT-Hammer

September 27th, 2010
8:23 am

Mark Bradley hit the nail on the head.

It’s hard to win football games without playmakers. We have “football players”, but very few playmakers— especially on defense.

CPJ has signed a couple of really dud classes. Time to get serious about cruitin’!!!

T-Bone

September 27th, 2010
8:34 am

I was there. We just flat got beat on both sides of the ball.

Nerd

September 27th, 2010
8:35 am

why was b back production so poor?

GT4Life (the Original)

September 27th, 2010
8:41 am

CPJ said that he’s not going to look for guys to put in…well he better rethink that. When we have the ball, he should be running up and down the sideline looking for BJ Bostic and Orwin Smith – they’re both PLAYERS. When the opponent has the ball, he should do the same with TJ Barnes and Jerrard Tarrant – both make a positive difference when in the game.
I’m starting to wonder what CPJ/Groh’s fascination with Walls and Cooper is. Barnes and Ben Anderson have definitely outplayed Walls, and Tarrant has looked better than Cooper (who got ran over at the goalline while leading with his helmet again…he’s going to sustain a neck injury if he doesn’t learn how to lead with his facemask and wrap up). Correy Earls should start opposite Hill. Hill needs to stop believing the hype and start working toward justifying the hype. Lucas Cox should be Allen’s primary backup and should be an A-back whenever Tech gets in the red zone or short yardage situation because of his toughness, blocking and pass catching abilities.
CPJ needs to open up the playbook at the start of the game and not only when the team falls behind.
This team lost plenty of talent to the NFL but they’re still underachieving.

DawginLex

September 27th, 2010
8:50 am

Anybody think that the Tech/UGA game could determine bowl eligibility for the winner?

I do.

Both could be 5-6 entering the game. Tech should be at least 6-5 but UGA realistically could be 5-6.

We both should shut our yaps to each other. Neither has any room to talk.

buzzwax

September 27th, 2010
8:50 am

Send a message, start Burnette and Watts!! Over 500 yards, really!!!!!!!!!!!!! Start Cox and put Allen back at A-back along with Orwin. Let Lanier get some reps, can’t be any worse than whats out there….

Ozzy

September 27th, 2010
9:06 am

I see 6-6 for Tech. Losses coming to Clemson, VT, Miami and Georgia.

I would say Tech could beat UGA, but recent history (with the exception of one year)says no. Plus it’s at Georgia and could be the last straw for Richt if they lose.

Got to fix the defense. We don’t have the right players for the 3-4 this season.

GTFan

September 27th, 2010
9:11 am

New defensive coordinator. Please!! Where’s M and his comments in bold? He needs to try and get Groh on that same bus!!!

roughrider

September 27th, 2010
9:12 am

I wonder if we could combine the Tech and UGA teams and get the state of Georgia a winning team?

Rube

September 27th, 2010
9:14 am

If Nesbitt can’t be a more consistant passer, why not take out one of the running backs and put a passing quarterback in the game with Nesbitt. At least the defense will not know whether it will see a pass or run, and won’t crowd the line with nine to eleven players to stop the run, which it expects about 95% of the time. Perhaps a better passing game and more consistent offense will help keep the Tech defense off the field, and give them a rest, as well as more practice on the passing game during the week.

GT-Hammer

September 27th, 2010
9:21 am

Mark Bradley 100% correct. No talent on this team.

Poor, poor recruiting.

BigTimeTechFan

September 27th, 2010
9:21 am

Ozzy -

I agree with 6-6, but we may beat Miami at home.
UGA losses to Arkansas and USC and Miss St, I would take that over losses to NC State and Kansas. I would have felt better about this team if they lost AT UNC and beat NC State at home.

Problem seems to be Tech is playing way to many players, they are not getting in to flow of the game. Tech has about 8 linebackers all the same level, DL is different unit every time, DB’s rotating, no wonder so many missed assignments.

BigTimeTechFan

September 27th, 2010
9:22 am

Oh, Go Jackets!

Not so fast my friend...

September 27th, 2010
9:23 am

Only way to get to winning record this year is to win at least 2 against Clem, VPI, Thug U, and Ugag while not slipping up anywhere else. Not sure that happens unless Johnson finds a way to get the team’s undivided attention.

Jackets2010

September 27th, 2010
9:23 am

At 31-28 after Tarrant’s great play gets us back in the game and the crowd is at its loudest, you have to bring 8 or 9 players up to the line of scrimmage and at least bluff a blitz. Bring the 2 DBs up and at least try to stop the quick out that was at least 10 yards all day. I didn’t see many adjustments if any.
At 31-28, I expected more from Al than just the same defense that had failed all day.

billbuzz

September 27th, 2010
9:24 am

It looked to me like we were getting pushed around on both lines of scrimmage! N.C. State had bigger, stronger offensive and defensive linemen, and they beat us all day long! We also did not block downfield on running plays to get our backs loose for long runs, which is what it takes for us to win! Obviously, our defense did not stop much of anything either! It was a frustrating game to watch, and they better correct things quickly, or it will be a long season! Also, N.C. State was a lot better than I thought they were!

GT76

September 27th, 2010
9:25 am

It’s too early to say this will be a bad season. We can still win 8 or 9. I trust Coach to do what is needed to right the ship and keep Jekyl on the field and Hyde off!

At least we won the last time we went to Starkville!

Jackets2010

September 27th, 2010
9:27 am

Way to go Jerrard Tarrant.
At least one guy brought his A game and gave us some excitement.

You mean the Jerrard Tarrant...

September 27th, 2010
9:33 am

…whose only interest in the game was that he might get on ESPN?

Mr. Webster

September 27th, 2010
9:41 am

It seems Julian Burnett makes a big stick every time he’s in there. What will it take to get him on the field full time on defense?

juvenal

September 27th, 2010
10:08 am

somebody tell me where the 3-4 worked in college….also, #13 needs some play, the emperor has few duds, we will see next year Washington should have played some last game, i was one of the few see him blow up this pathetic non-”D” in the spring…

in my dreams

September 27th, 2010
10:12 am

Win eight in a row and GT will be 10-2 before the ACC Championship game,

just like last year.

82Dawg

September 27th, 2010
10:29 am

@juvenal …..look to the west about 150 miles, the National Champs run the 3-4, is that enough?

Ramblin Man

September 27th, 2010
10:31 am

82dawg you beat me to it.

Ramblin Man

September 27th, 2010
10:32 am

Had a great post all typed up and it’s lost in www limbo.

JB

September 27th, 2010
10:46 am

If it comes down to coaching to improve this year, Tech wins that hands down…. I would hate to participate in Tech’s practice this week………..In Athens, just another week of practice and getting that running game between the tackles perfected….LOL

juvenal

September 27th, 2010
10:48 am

& what kind of players does ‘Bama have? future pros? i rest my case…

gt45

September 27th, 2010
10:48 am

I predicted a blow out, only the wrong way!

juvenal

September 27th, 2010
10:54 am

thanks, JB, but i would still rather have saban & his troops running my 3-4, wouldn’t you?

CapTB

September 27th, 2010
10:57 am

It all comes down to OL and DL play. The reason Tech get’s blown out whenever they play teams with Strong DL and OL (see last two bowl games, and UGA last year as well as NC State) is because we don’t have the players on the DL and OL to compete with them…nor the quality depth. The option offense of PJ allows us to finesse the OL issue on most games, especially in the ACC, but there is no hiding the DL problems. Until Tech is able to recruit more quality DL players things will not get better on defense.

Ramblin Man

September 27th, 2010
11:40 am

Why are my posts lost and then I am told that it was already posted if a try again? I have important things to say. Really I swear you people would fall to your knees if you could just read and enjoy my football knowledge.

JL

September 27th, 2010
11:41 am

All the reports say this is the most points Tech has given up since Clemson in 2001… What about getting blown away by VT 51-7 in 2005? Or by UGA 51-7?

juvenal

September 27th, 2010
11:47 am

site loses more posts than the others, or maybe DR is picky-try to keep mine brief..

Doug Roberson

September 27th, 2010
11:56 am

you’re right on those facts. Tech did have two bigger losses.

Doug Roberson

September 27th, 2010
12:27 pm

I’m not sure why posts aren’t posting. There are certain words or phrases that our filters won’t allow.

Ramblin Man

September 27th, 2010
1:00 pm

If this team plays this way against Wake Forest I am not going to be held responsible for the angry irrational things that I scream at the TV.

smitty

September 27th, 2010
1:30 pm

while mention of the blocked punt was made in an earlier blog as key, i think the play right before the punt was more telling of GT’s problems……on third and long, nesbitt had escaped the pass rush and rolled outside to the right and then threw a pass downfield to a wide open receiver that missed by a mile…….would have been a first
down and alot more….
—-nesbitt, a warrior and great athlete, is really struggling in the passing game…..GT’s passing has been much worse than “inconsistent”
—-GT has often been in third and long situations when it is FORCED to pass….haven’t seen too many screens, short passes on 1st and 2nd downs
—-GT’s passing offense rankings: 2009–113th 2010–119th
i think the difference this year is the lack of big plays in the passing game tech got last yr with thomas ( although the pass nesbitt threw to ?jones? in the NC game for a first down was huge)
—-GT’s scoring defense rankings: 2009–56th 2010–80th….tech has scored 28 points in each of its two losses…..should be enough to win
the defense needs alot of work…..maybe with WF
—-tech’s offense is not as potent and can’t trade TD’s with opposing teams like it did last year (fsu, clemson….) last yr tech might have won the NC st game 48-45….who knows
—-teams may be figuring out how to defend the option, or tech isn’t executing as well, or both…..bottom line, when one part of an offensive scheme isn’t working or you’re trying to play catch up, you need a passing game and tech doesn’t have one right now……defensive coaches can concentrate on stopping the run and daring the pass…..

Master of Analysis

September 27th, 2010
2:38 pm

My dad started taking me to Tech games when I was a young kid. First was a 1940 Tech-Ga freshman game. My guess is: the Jackets will stuff Wake Forest, and go 2-1 in the ACC and 3-2 overall. After that, who knows?

Master of Analysis

September 27th, 2010
2:44 pm

Just one more wise word, if you’re worried about 2-2. Granted that 1943
was not a normal year, but that season Tech started, 3-3, then did not lose again, and wound up winning the S.E.C. and the Sugar Bowl. Courage.

Phil

September 28th, 2010
4:25 am

“why was b back production so poor?”

Third string center.