Quotes after Tech’s win

Quotes from Georgia Tech’s 24-20 win over Wake Forest in Winston-Salem:

Georgia Tech Head Coach Paul Johnson

Opening statement…

“Wow. The best thing I can say is that our guys competed right until the end. The kept fighting and fighting. We didn’t look good for a long time. The execution wasn’t very good and crisp on offense, but we just hung in there and found a way to win. They had a nice drive to get down there in field goal range. We got them stopped and give our quarterback credit, he made some plays and kept the thing alive. You have to be proud of the way that they fought and competed, but Lord knows we have a lot of work to do.”

On  the Wake Forest defense stopping the Georgia Tech running game…

“We never got anything consistent out of the running game. If we single-blocked the nose tackle, he made every tackle, and if we doubled him, the linebacker made it. You just had to pick which one you want.”

On the winning touchdown play…

“It was just a slant route. It was single coverage back there. Actually, Coach Preston up in the box had seen it before and felt like it would be a good call. It was a quick pass, so I thought we could get it off so that if it was incomplete we would be able to kick the field goal.”

On Scott Blair making three field goals…

“He made some big field goals. He went out was as solid as could be. I don’t know about that kickoff there at the end (that went out of bounds). The last two kickoffs weren’t very good, but the field goals were great.”

On whether he was satisfied with the defense…

“I thought we played well. We got some stops. Even when they got the ball down there, most of the time they had to kick field goals. At the end of the game there, they had to choose whether or not to kick the field goal.”

Tech cornerback Dominique Reese

We are playing with confidence, definitely playing with confidence.

We went back to the basics and coach simplified the defense a lot.

We may not be in the perfect defense but you just have to make a play.

He’s definitely athletic. I felt like he was better than the guy they had started with. You just have to read the keys no matter who they put back there. Read the keys and play like you’ve been coached to play.

On Wake’s last series:

Knock the ball down man, knock the ball down. Rod Sweeting was trying to pick it. I waas just, ‘knock it down!’

On the defense’s confidence level:

We’re up, but we know that we still didn’t play our best that we can, that we’re capable of. We played our best for this year. We haven’t played like Georgia Tech yet, like we can on both sides of the ball. When we do we’ll be dangerous.

Izaan Cross

Just try to do the best I can to contribute to the defense, help the defense out so we can be a better team, be the best defense we can be.

All season, we’ve been trying to do a complete 180 on how our defense has been in the past. Coach Groh’s been preaching relentless effort and giving all we’ve got on every single play.

Nothing really changed but our attitudes, I’d say.

On the defense carrying the game until the last quarter

It was kind of different, it was weird seeing the offense struggle and the defense carrying. But our goal was to come out and do the best we can and that’s what we did.

Jerrard Tarrant

On the feeling on the sideline after the winning play

Oh man. A sigh of relief.

On whether they wondered about the ignominy of losing to a fourth-string QB

You’re in college here. Everybody has been the best player on his team in high school. Everybody. They’ve got talent, and of course you can’t take them lightly.

On the defensive stand after the 10-yard punt that went out of bounds at the Tech 36 early in the fourth

We knew it was huge for our defense to step up because the offense wasn’t going all that well at the moment. We knew how big it was and we stood up to the challenge.

B.J. Bostic

The game was very intense. We got off to a slow start. We just came out and got the win. We did what we needed to do.

On his last kick return

The kick return was very important. I just wanted to put us in a position to score.

We’re going to bust one before the year is out.

On the possibility of starting

I’m just trying to find my role, and get a bigger role. Show what I can do with the ball in my hands.

Julian Burnett

On the stops being made by the defense:

It gives us a lot of confidence that we can go and ahead do it. We know that if we keep pushing and keep fighting we can pull it off.

The confidence of the defense is increased tremendously. We talk in practice about not cracking if our backs are against the wall.

Everytime the coaches feel like they have more faith in me, I just wanted to go out and show the team that I could make plays.

Joshua Nesbitt

On the winning touchdown pass:

It was pretty much the same thing that was opened up the whole game. We weren’t hitting the right holes. The last couple of drives we executed and ran the offense.

I feel like this was my best game this year. I felt comfortable and like I wasn’t trying to do too much. I was just doing my job.

I saw the corner pressing and I saw the safety cheating over.

Wake Forest Head Coach Jim Grobe

On what happened late in the game…

“I think Georgia Tech did some good things. I don’t think there’s any question about that. I thought their kids played really, really well. I thought we had some missed assignments in the fourth quarter that turned into good plays for them. For four quarters, I think overall we played pretty good. We just didn’t make plays in the fourth quarter when we needed to.”

On not taking advantage of scoring opportunities in the game…

“I think we had opportunities during the game. We had pretty good field position more than one time that we didn’t do anything with and came away with no points. You can’t squander opportunities. You get late in the game and you realize that you missed some opportunities earlier and everything has to be perfect down the stretch.”

On the play of Skylar Jones…

“I thought Sky did some good things. I’m disappointed we had three quarterbacks get hurt tonight. Ted (Stachitas) got hurt early, then Brendan Cross got hurt and then Sky hurt his foot down on the goal line. We were having to work on him just to get him back out on the field. I don’t know what it’s going to take to find someone that’s durable enough to make it through a football game. We went through three of them tonight. It’s hard to go through a week giving a third of the reps to each quarterback hoping that one of them will come through and stay healthy. I thought Sky did some really good things tonight. I thought he threw the ball well at times. Obviously, he doesn’t have a lot of experience so he makes mistakes, but I was pleased with Sky. Hopefully, he can improve.”

On Georgia Tech completing 11 passes in the game…

“It’s disappointing. The thing that would have been disappointing is if they would have gone down the field to kick a field goal to tie, but to go the entire length of the field to win it is more disappointing. You have to give credit to them. I thought Josh Nesbitt did a really nice job. He had a couple of really good runs late and he hit some throws that were really nice. They did what they needed to do. I’m very disappointed that we weren’t able to keep them bottled up a little bit better in the throw game. I thought they did some good things.”

On using the I-formation more in tonight’s game…
“I thought going under center was going to be good for our quarterbacks. I thought we needed to take some pressure off them. With Tanner down, we didn’t know who would be at quarterback so we gave reps to all three of them during the week. We felt one way we could take pressure off those guys is to go under center. We did some good things out of the I. That probably needs to be us a little bit more in the gun and under center some.”

Wake Forest Players

Redshirt Junior Quarterback Skylar Jones

On getting an opportunity tonight…

“Every day I practice to the best of my abilities and I just hope my number is called. It’s sad that my number was called because of injuries tonight. Like I said, I practice hard every day and when I went out there, I had a little bit of the jitters. But once I got that first drive out of the way, I settled down and started to make some plays. Unfortunately, we came up a little short today.”

On whether he got enough reps in practice to be ready for tonight…

“Yes. Definitely. Ted (Stachitas) was the starter but he had some bruised ribs so coach (Grobe) made sure to give me a bunch of reps because you never know what can happen. Unfortunately, Ted went down and so did Brendan (Cross) and it was my turn. I’m glad I got those reps.”

On what he could have done differently on the final scoring drive…

“I don’t know. We need to go in and look at the film and see what I did right and what I did wrong. I played my heart out and the guys know I played my heart out. I tried to stick that ball into Marshall Williams and it would have been a tough catch. But at the same time, that was the only pass play that we called when we were inside the 20. I definitely tried my best but unfortunately, we came up short.”

Redshirt Senior Linebacker Hunter Haynes

On the Wake Forest defensive linemen…

“They are extremely athletic. Guys like Nikita Whitlock, Gelo Orange, Tristan Dorty and Kyle Wilber. They’re really fast players and they were able to read and diagnose and do some damage. It was easy for the linebacker spots – Matt Woodlief and I – because everyone was worried about those guys up front.”

On Georgia Tech making plays through the air instead of on the ground…

“You have to give them credit. They’re athletic players that when the play broke down, Nesbitt made some plays. He’s an experienced quarterback and on the that last drive, he made some serious plays. We were playing well and our coaches got us extremely prepared this week. They worked harder than I’ve ever seen our coaching staff work. I just want to thank them for putting us in the right spots and I wish we could have come up with the plays when we needed to.”

96 comments Add your comment

macrotech

October 3rd, 2010
4:25 am

shweeeewwwww! SO glad we got the ‘W’ in this game……SO glad!!! GO TECH!!!

jeas3

October 3rd, 2010
4:31 am

We got away with one tonight, but it’s still a “W”. Go Jackets!

GoldBlur

October 3rd, 2010
7:15 am

Did anybody else notice that with Burnett and Tarrant on the field out defense was playing much better? Still would like to see Atochi (sp) get some more playing time. Also, almost every pass we completed were short to medium range passes…we need to stop throwing it deep so much. We do not have the play makers to make those deep route adjustments.

Paddy

October 3rd, 2010
7:24 am

jeas3, I guess you could look at it that way. I never try and let that thought enter my mind. The way I see it, they played hard and were the better team, so they won. Who’s next!!! In sports don’t ever let them know you felt lucky to win.

supersize that order, mutt

October 3rd, 2010
7:32 am

I agree with you, jeas3. That was probably the most disgustingly ugly win I have ever seen, but it WAS a win. Go Jackets !!

Tech Man

October 3rd, 2010
7:39 am

Well, we won this one. Now history tells us we will loose the next game against Virginia. I hope not but we just can’t prosper in these difficult times. Do the Dawgs play Vandy yet?? They need a win.

collegeballfan

October 3rd, 2010
7:43 am

I noticed several things from the TV part of the game.

Stephen Hill cannot catch the football. Corey Earls can.

The passes to the A backs were successful and they are finally catching the football.

The offensive line cannot block.

The two announcers – I have never seen two announcers as ignorant of the teams playing as those two. Where did they get those two?

AMG

October 3rd, 2010
7:44 am

Stephen Hill should not be on the field. He did nothing to change this view point this week. Other than one completion in the final drive, he was more of a problem than a help. The more Nesbitt will concentrate on not passing to him the better our passing attack will be.

supersize that order, mutt

October 3rd, 2010
7:48 am

collegeballfan, one of the two announcers was David Pollack from THUGa. That should tell you why they were so bad.

AMG

October 3rd, 2010
7:49 am

This was overall a pathetic game for Georgia Tech, we won, but WOW, WTF is wrong with this team? They can not play offense worth a SH!&. The defense was overall very good for a tech team, but it was against a very weak offense, but I will give the defense a thumbs up. The offense has been inconsistant and overall poor ALL year round. This is not a Paul Johnson offense. Paul Johnson would run the ball on third and 8 and probably get a first down. this team can not run the ball with any consistancy and they seem prone to making mistakes that take them out of the game. I give the offense a D- on the season and I point to them as the blame for both losses and the fact this team is NOT very good. Paul needs to knock some heads and possible bench Nesbitt for a series or two.

AMG

October 3rd, 2010
7:54 am

Oh one more rant, If I did not make it clear, A lot of the offensive problems this year come from the play calling from Johnson and the inability to bench players who ARE NOT getting things done. So the majority of the blame goes to CPJ himself.

bob horner

October 3rd, 2010
7:58 am

Hill should try basketball. We should play some subs on o-line, they could not do worse. What is up the middle all the time with Allen? Run him more slant plays where he can get some room.He is a weapon we havent taken full advantage of. Too tall Deike would make a better pass catcher. Short passes would be better with Josh rolling ot to throw them.

son_sir

October 3rd, 2010
8:05 am

Ugliest win I’ve seen in a while, but a win is a win. Overall, that kind of performance would probably get Tech beat against Middle Tennessee, most definitely against Clemson, VaTech, Miami, and probably, as bad as it sounds, UGA. Just a good thing Wake happened to be on the schedule yesterday. If the offense, defense, special teams, and coaching all show up on the same day, Tech could be a pretty decent team.
CPJ is doing a great job overall, but his panic button seems to be touched off when Tech has to score to win and there’s only 2 minutes or so left on the clock. He about put Tech in a no win situation by starting the last drive with two high risk and low percentage bombs downfield. I could see the same type of ending as the UGA game year, when CPJ went into “throw it up an hope” mode too early, IMHO. Luckily, Tech made the plays when it had to and won.
Nesbitt is much more accurate when allowed to set his feet and throw. On the run, it’s anybody’s guess where it is going. Now if Tech’s receivers could just catch the ball consistently. How many drops did the Jackets have yesterday ? Tons. A much more effective passing game is going to be needed in the big games. Defenses are loading up to stop the run.

But as stated, it was a win ! That”s about all you can say.

Yellow Fuzz

October 3rd, 2010
8:16 am

Who’s your daddy, or better yet, which is your daddy?

South Carolina
Arkansas
Miss. State
Colorado
Shreveport

mtraininjax

October 3rd, 2010
8:17 am

Give Wake credit, they crashed the lines and stunted up front that really showed our main weakness on O, the front line. If Bedford goes out again, the line is toast, they looked clueless in the 3rd qtr.

Go Earls, way to step up your game, a couple of clutch catches, and also some issues with Hill, agree on the basketball comment. Ugh! But Nesbitt has to throw with more authority, those “touch” passes are not his specialty, I’d have him throw like he did on the game winner EVERY TIME, with authority. His first qtr throw to Cone down the middle was typical of Nesbitt launching the ball in the stratosphere. Ugly.

Good job D for bailing out the O.

jacket3

October 3rd, 2010
8:21 am

Never give up…never quit…great grit..we are not last year’s beast….but CPJ keeps doing his magic…Amazing when you think about all the variables. I really wonder where the defense is this year…we look like swiss cheese.

Munson's Toupee

October 3rd, 2010
8:22 am

BEAT GEORGIA….and everything will be right in this world!

juvenal

October 3rd, 2010
8:22 am

i thought Pollack did ok, he does work for our radio station….been riding #9 hard, have to give him credit for actually being a QB last night……….Hill has 2 more years…

Randman

October 3rd, 2010
8:39 am

Those announcers! Wow….When Tech scored TD to make it 17-15 with about 5 minutes left one of the announcers actually said “Do you go for two now?” REALLY? Not even a UGA guy could be that dense. Pollack played defense but surely it was not him. I guess…

mowreck

October 3rd, 2010
8:47 am

I know that WASN’T the Joshua Nesbitt I have watched since he was a freshman. He used to punish people when they tackled him. Anyone but me notice that last night he would take a lick instead of giving one? Stopped running several times and just lay on the ground. Hope that was a one time thing.

Glenn

October 3rd, 2010
9:01 am

Not trying to make excuses, but the fact that the offensive line has been hit so hard with injuries and young, inexperienced, players are now getting live reps for the first time in their careers, in positions they never trained for, may have somthing to do with someone line blocking issues.

On the other hand, receivers (wide receivers and A-Backs) dropping so many passes hitting them in the hands has also hurt the passing game, which, in turn, has allowed defenses to stack the lines against our rushing game even more. Having more defenders in the box means better rushes against Joshua, which means, once again, he’s scrambling for his life, looking for open receivers, trying to avoid sacks.

It’s a viscious cycle until the Jacket receivers catch passes consistently. Maybe Saturday’s game against Wake will give them some confidence and back some defenses off, ergo opening up the rushing game once again.

Finally, kudos to the defense for picking things up against another “deceptive” offense; one that has been causing problems so far this season. While it may be true Wake has had “problems” offensively against other defenses as well (don’t forget, two TD’s were set up by GA Tech turnovers), the Kansas and Carolina offenses looked good against the Jacket defense where they struggled against everyone else – I think we can see some improvement on defense recently..turnovers and penalties are killing the Jackets.

Doug Roberson

October 3rd, 2010
9:10 am

Y’all have to believe me on this: Hill can catch. He’s got great hands. He’s just in a rough patch.

Missy Duyu, UGA Scholar

October 3rd, 2010
9:30 am

Hey, can I get on the Tech bandwagon? I mean, I really don’t want to see Nashville, just in case my team lucks in to five more wins.

BUZZMAN

October 3rd, 2010
9:36 am

Do you really think this was a win, playing against a 4th string quarterback, a high school team could have beaten Wake Forest. Where did the Offense go? are you telling me that losing Dryer and Thomas messed up the offense that bad. I don’t think so, there is no emotion for the team. They are a complety diffferent team than the last 2 years. Can’t say a whole lot about the defense. They still suck, and will keep doing so until they fire Al Groh. There is a long season coming up, maybe we can beat Middle Tenn., but look at Kansas.

GT Hammer

October 3rd, 2010
9:37 am

Sick and tired of watching our undersized unathetic players get shoved around in the trenches.

Watch any top 20 program. They win up front.

Johnson has done a horrible job recruiting up front. We’ve GOT to sign bigger, stonger and faster players.

I’m not going to call anyone out. They basically all belong Div2

bee

October 3rd, 2010
9:39 am

Coach Johnson: Wow, we really suck, but fortunately for our defense, we were playing against the fourth string quarterback, and their defense finally got tired and my gimmicky offense was able to put up just enough points to squeak out a win….Wow, we really suck….

Jerrad Tarrant: Don’t look at me….

nickj0321

October 3rd, 2010
9:44 am

Doug – If you say so, but he has looked horrible EVERY GAME this year

Alabama Jack

October 3rd, 2010
9:45 am

You know, with a little luck, dawgs could be O for October. Wouldn’t that be sweet?

GT Hammer

October 3rd, 2010
9:46 am

As usual, we will wait for Bradley or Schultz to tell it like it is.

We are a very bad football team. Nothing wrong in saying that Doug.

We almost lost to a high school QB and football team last night.

Johnson may right the ship, but he’s going to have to stop signing Div2 talent along the lines of scrimmage.

Jason

October 3rd, 2010
9:48 am

AMG, Tech’s problems on offense are due to o-line play, not Nesbitt or play calling. This offense is all about executing blocks and we are struggling to block up front

Tech82

October 3rd, 2010
9:53 am

Doug – I have no choice but to take your word that Hill can catch because he hasn’t done ANYTHING to show that skill to me. Maybe he’s one of those players who is great in practice but doesn’t show up on game day. Whatever the problem is, he needs to fix it. His dropped passes are killing us.

TECH AND DAWG FAN HERE

October 3rd, 2010
9:53 am

THANK YOU TECH FOR STANDING UP!

DAWGS=NEW YORK METS!

Not Disappointed

October 3rd, 2010
9:56 am

I’m happy for the win, but Josh looked like a one man show. He threw the ball well. Sorry for all the drop balls.

Do better.
Go Jackets!

A Rob

October 3rd, 2010
9:56 am

Does anybody else think Allen is in the wrong spot now? He has not looked comfortable at all. Josh seems hesitant to give it to him and I see why.

calvin

October 3rd, 2010
9:58 am

The best game endings of the last two seasons (so far) were the
Wake games.

Tech82

October 3rd, 2010
9:58 am

Looking at the bright side, at least we aren’t 1-4 having lost to Miss. St. and Colorado. Come to think of it, where are all the mutt trolls?

jojatek

October 3rd, 2010
10:04 am

Nice to steal this one, but Wake’s defense really embarrassed us all night long. The turnovers and mistakes were a function of a Wake Forest defense that was disciplined, well-prepared, and quite comfortable blowing right through our offensive line and into the backfield to disrupt virtually every play for 3+ quarters of this game (they made it look easy). Hopefully, our kids are waking up this morning with this one feeling like a loss. Ironically, our own defense was very, very solid Saturday night (how often have we said that over the past 2 years). The offense, however, was exposed once again this season as being unprepared, one-dimensional, and amateurish. If you’re someone who wondered whether or not the option would work at this level, I’m not sure we’ve answered that question yet. It is hard for me to believe that these kids are missing that many assignments week-in and week-out. I’ll be the first one to say it this season: CPJ is great, but it just may be that our opponents have this “perfect option” thing all figured out…

Go Jackets!

Tech fan plus

October 3rd, 2010
10:06 am

Although it doesn’t change the outcome of the game for WF, you have to be impressed with the comments of the WF players. It’s nice to hear players say they appreciate the efforts of their coaches to get them ready for a win. Go Jackets.

GT fan...

October 3rd, 2010
10:09 am

U-G-L-Y Win! But a win though.
This GT fan is not very optimistic for what lies down the road (i.e. Clemson, VT, Miami, GA). All four of these teams have far superior talent than WF, and that concerns me. I sure hope GT’s offense can find its “gear” over the next couple of games for big four to close the season.

THIRD DOWN Defense is a killer for the Jackets right now … too many 3rd down conversions for the oposing offenses. Groh has gotta get these guys playing better on 3rd down.

GDBurdell

October 3rd, 2010
10:10 am

aaaaaaaaaHHHHHHHHHHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA Beat WAKE FOREST by 4 points!??!?

WAKE FOREST!?

So their 4th string qb gave PJ some problems last night it looks like

jojatek

October 3rd, 2010
10:16 am

Nice to steal this one, but we really embarrassed ourselves tonight. Wake’s defense was disciplined and well-prepared, and they exposed our offense (as did Kansas and NC State) as one-dimensional and amateurish. If you are someone who wondered whether or not the “perfect option” would work at this level, I am not sure that we’ve answered that question. It is hard for me to believe that our kids are missing that many assignments week-in and week-out. The turnovers and mistakes in every one of our losses this season have been a function of disciplined and well-prepared defenses that are staying committed to their assignments, blowing right through our offensive line, and wreaking havoc in our own backfield with disturbing regularity. More questions than answers right now… let’s hope this one feels more like a loss for CPJ and that he – rather than his players – is starting to feel a sense of urgency…

Go Jackets!

Tech Forever

October 3rd, 2010
10:18 am

Georgia is in trouble, and we are not far behind. PJ with that antique offense is killing our talent base. We are in a tailspin that no one can see yet and when they do it will be too late. No top talent will ever come to this team to play as long as we keep doing this. We better wake up quick or we are in for years, and I mean YEARS, of trouble!

Techmaninathens

October 3rd, 2010
10:23 am

We just can’t throw to Stephen Hill on 3rd down or when anyone is near him. He just isn’t a clutch receiver.

GDBurdell

October 3rd, 2010
10:28 am

haha well at least WF has better academics to feel good about. How are GT fans having trouble being optimistic? PJ’s program has OMG WTF WTH DANGER DANGER DANGER written all over it. Last night should have been a blowout

Tech Forever

October 3rd, 2010
10:32 am

We are bleeding I tell you…..a slow, slow death. By the time we see it, it will be too late! I’m really sad.

sandysprings jacket

October 3rd, 2010
10:33 am

A win is a win. This team is not as good as the first two CPJ editions. Two thing for sure they don’t quit and Nesbit is a pure winner. Should have beat Ks and NCS and almost did at the end but could not overcome the mistakes. Both lines get pushed around too much. Hold serve at BDS and beat THUGA and it will be a good season.

Rodney Dangerfield

October 3rd, 2010
10:36 am

Just wow – Tech stole one. This reminded me of the Kansas game. The offense did not start doing anything until the fourth quarter, last two drives. I actually had to turn the TV off after the punter missed the snap I was getting so upset. After a minute or two to cool off I turned it back on thank god because I wasted about 2.5 hours of my life watching how poor or offense can be to be made up by the last 30 mins of the game.

Nesbitt is a warrior. It is not his fault the linebacker is in the backfield as soon as the ball is snapped. Our O-line is terrible, worse than last years. When Nesbitt had more time to pass without running for his life on the last drive he performed well. And that fourth down scramble TD pass was unbelievable. I almost thought he was going to pull a Reggie Ball and throw it out of bounds when he started running out of room on the sideline.

Tech Forever

October 3rd, 2010
10:38 am

You are correct. We should have beat Kansas and NC State, but didn’t. Should have blow out Weak Forest, but didn’t. We haven’t even hit the hard part of the schedule yet. Worried. Worried I tell you. Help us Obie Wan!

smitty

October 3rd, 2010
10:43 am

a win is a win……but WF proved what’s been said over and over on these blogs…..WF, with its dismal team and record, loaded people up front on defense and stopped the run…….it forced GT to beat them with the pass and this time, nesbitt and company answered, albeit against an inferior team……gonna have to do better against the miami’s of the acc…..GT may not be executing the option as well this year which may explain some of the problems running the ball but teams ARE going to stack the line to stop the run until GT proves they have more balance on offense and can pass the ball……maybe PJ will add more passing and call the offense the veer…..

sandysprings jacket

October 3rd, 2010
10:44 am

Hey Rodney, if you know anything about FB you would not really compare Nesbit to Reggie. Joshua is a winner and quiet leader. He is a better passer then people think, just need some one to catch them. He is a team guy and if the OL and DL could get some push it would help. CPJ has raised expectations where they should be but we still need better lines and strong recruting. This coach can win and will win at a high rate, so let’s not freak out when we play a stinker and still win