The perfect game?

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson recently said the goal each week is the perfect game: Starters on offense score on every possession they are in the game, starters on defense stops them on every possession, no turnovers.

But there are common-sense limits…for everyone, including him.

“There are several areas that we have gotten better at, but can we improve? Sure. I think it all comes back to expectations. A great example is on offense, we aren’t where we would like to be but we are still averaging 31 points a game and are third or fourth in the league in total offense. It is a lot better than it used to be, but it is not up to everybody’s expectations and our expectations. Sometimes I am not sure if I create some of that myself because I have such high expectations. There are very few offenses that score every time they get the ball. That is our mindset, though.”

While it hasn’t happened during this two-plus seasons at Tech, he was asked if any of his teams at Georgia Southern or Navy had the perfect game.

He said he remembered beating Johnson C. Smith 76-0 when he was coaching the Eagles. The victim was actually Fayetteville State. And there were a couple of issues….a lost fumble and two punts. So perhaps that proves Johnson’s point that very few offenses score every time.

I thought it might be fun to find that boxscore, courtesy of

First downs 9 25
Rushed-yards 28-21 55-434
Passing yards 177 160
Sacked-yards lost 0-0 0-0
Return yards 0 45
Passes 15-36-3 6-8-0
Punts 9-35.1 2-32.5
Fumbles-lost 1-1 3-1
Penalties-yards 12-109 10-81
Time of possession 31:48 28:12
Player Statistics
Fayetteville St – Whitehead 19-14, Melvin 2-4, R Wooten 2-3, Stewart 1-2, Madre 4-minus 2.

Geo Southern – Peterson 12-115, Hill 7-99, Revere 11-92, Stewart 8-46, Ballisty 6-24, B Johnson 1-21, Coley 3-16, Weathers 1-13, Owens 5-10, Blount 1-minus 2.

Fayetteville St – Stewart 15-36-3-177.

Geo Southern – Hill 4-6-0-140, Revere 2-2-0-20.

Fayetteville St – R Wooten 4-29, Green 3-78, Whitehead 3-17, Rice 2-21, Brantley 2-19, Porter 1-13.

Geo Southern – Parham 2-20, Peterson 1-48, Weathers 1-45, Cunningham 1-26, Freeman 1-21.

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Scoring Summary
Geo Southern – Peterson 2 run (Chambers kick)
Geo Southern – Peterson 1 run (Chambers kick)
Geo Southern – Peterson 48 pass from Hill (Chambers kick)
Geo Southern – Peterson 65 run (Chambers kick)
Geo Southern – Weathers 45 pass from Hill (Chambers kick)
Geo Southern – Revere 9 run (two-point conversion failed)
Geo Southern – Weathers 13 run (Chambers kick)
Geo Southern – Hill 66 run (Chambers kick)
Geo Southern – Revere 13 run (Chambers kick)
Geo Southern – Revere 20 run (Bray kick)
Geo Southern – Ballisty 10 run (Chambers kick)
Or, he could have been remembering this 84-3 gem over Johnson C. Smith, when Mike Sewak was coaching the Eagles. While the offense was almost perfect (two punts), the defense allowed the field goal:

Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score
Johnson C. Smith 0 0 3 0 3
Georgia Southern 37 21 12 14 84
1st 11:36 GSU Chaz Williams 4 yd run (Jonathan Dudley kick)
0 – 7
08:48 GSU Chaz Williams 4 yd run (Jonathan Dudley kick)
0 – 14
07:20 GSU John Mohring 21 yd interception return (Jonathan Dudley kick)
0 – 21
05:21 GSU Chaz Williams 10 yd run (Jonathan Dudley kick)
0 – 28
00:00 GSU Thevenn Harris safety
0 – 30
1st 01:25 GSU Trey Hunter 17 yd run (Jonathan Dudley kick)
0 – 37
2nd 12:12 GSU Tim Gehrsitz 6 yd run (Jonathan Dudley kick)
0 – 44
08:11 GSU M. Maynard 45 yd run (Bo Galvin kick)
0 – 51
05:48 GSU Lance Turner 12 yd run (Bo Galvin kick)
0 – 58
3rd 11:48 GSU Darius Smiley 5 yd run (Bo Galvin kick failed)
0 – 64
06:15 GSU Jayson Foster 80 yd run (Bo Galvin kick blockd)
0 – 70
01:43 JCS Herbert Collins 26 yd field goal
3 – 70
4th 14:57 GSU Jayson Foster 6 yd run (Bo Galvin kick)
3 – 77
07:56 GSU Jayson Foster 1 yd run (Bo Galvin kick)
3 – 84
Kickoff time: 6:00 pm  • End of Game: 8:43 pm  • Total elapsed time: 2:43
Referee: Ed Rhodes  •  Umpire: Tripp Self  •  Linesman: Chris Phelps  •  Line judge: Kevin Cody  •  Back judge: Matt Hollifield •  Field judge: Bob Johnson  •  Side judge: Jay Neal  •  Scorer: Amy Howard  •
Temperature: 80  • Wind: 11 NE  • Weather: partly cloudy

Team Statistics

Team Statistics (Final)
2004 Georgia Southern Football
Johnson C. Smith vs Georgia Southern (Sep 11, 2004 at Statesboro, Ga.)

Team Totals JCS GSU
Rushing 5 20
Passing 4 1
Penalty 0 0
Rushing Attempts 31 58
Average Per Rush 1.6 9.4
Rushing Touchdowns 0 11
Yards Gained Rushing 86 549
Yards Lost Rushing 36 3
Completions-Attempts-Int 9-33-1 2-2-0
Average Per Attempt 2.4 13.5
Average Per Completion 8.7 13.5
Passing Touchdowns 0 0
Total offense plays 64 60
Average Gain Per Play 2.0 9.6
Fumbles: Number-Lost 2-0 1-0
Penalties: Number-Yards 4-36 4-23
PUNTS-YARDS 12-385 2-70
Average Yards Per Punt 32.1 35.0
Net Yards Per Punt 26.0 31.5
Inside 20 3 1
50+ Yards 0 0
Touchbacks 0 0
Fair catch 5 1
KICKOFFS-YARDS 3-141 13-798
Average Yards Per Kickoff 47.0 61.4
Net Yards Per Kickoff 15.0 44.7
Touchbacks 0 0
Punt returns: Number-Yards-TD 1-7-0 3-73-0
Average Per Return 7.0 24.3
Kickoff returns: Number-Yds-TD 11-217-0 3-96-0
Average Per Return 19.7 32.0
Interceptions: Number-Yds-TD 0-0-0 1-21-1
Fumble Returns: Number-Yds-TD 0-0-0 0-0-0
Miscellaneous Yards 0 0
Possession Time 31:00 29:00
1st Quarter 8:01 6:59
2nd Quarter 5:14 9:46
3rd Quarter 9:57 5:03
4th Quarter 7:48 7:12
Third-Down Conversions 3 of 17 4 of 7
Fourth-Down Conversions 0 of 0 1 of 1
Red-Zone Scores-Chances 1-1 8-8
Sacks By: Number-Yards 0-0 5-18
PAT Kicks 0-0 10-12
Field Goals 1-1 0-0

32 comments Add your comment


October 22nd, 2010
3:28 pm

222-0 sounds pretty perfect to me

old gold engineer

October 22nd, 2010
3:32 pm

Would like to see GT put up passing completion percentages like those two. 75% and 100%.


October 22nd, 2010
3:38 pm

The 84-3 game would be a good candidate, except Johnson wasn’t the coach in 2004, Mike Sewak was.


October 22nd, 2010
3:46 pm

@Gord ….to funny…


October 22nd, 2010
4:27 pm

@82 Dawg… Coach Sweak is on GT’s staff w/ CPJ… too funny (yes the too should have two “oo”s)

girl know better than you

October 22nd, 2010
4:48 pm

if we must beat somebody 222-0 again may that team be the one from Athens and let’s make sure all the GT players take off for the end zone to celebrate after each many penalities would that be if we scored 222 points?


October 22nd, 2010
5:46 pm

girl know better than you, getting a little ahead of ourselves aren’t we? You’ve beaten Georgia once in 9 years and your’re talking 222-0 victory. My 9 month old just started crawling. I guess we should start getting him ready for the next Boston marathon according to your airheaded Techie logic.



October 22nd, 2010
6:24 pm

Dawgfan girl said “may” as in speaking in hypothetical terms. Stop taking everything so friggin personal! But I do notice you have to try to get your little uga dig in with the airhead comment. Go crawl back in your doghouse( yes I used the word correctly its dog.) and stop WHINING!!!


October 22nd, 2010
6:35 pm

Actually 7 straight losses is not the record. The record is 8 straight losses.

Doug Roberson

October 22nd, 2010
7:00 pm

Gord, you’re right. I was focusing on scores and not years


October 22nd, 2010
7:35 pm

Go Kentucky!!

Go Jackets!!

who cares...

October 22nd, 2010
10:34 pm

Go Jackets!
Go whoever is playing the Athens Finshing School for Wayward Women…


October 23rd, 2010
12:17 am

Dawgfan is a closet ass dart


October 23rd, 2010
12:18 am

Dawgfan loves to motorboat mens balls

Mark Richt

October 23rd, 2010
12:30 am

Thank God for Vanderbilt.


October 23rd, 2010
12:30 am

As long as Tech wins, I don’t care if the margin is 1 point!


October 23rd, 2010
5:41 am

I have lived in GA for 13 years and I still don’t understand the attraction to college football. The fans range in age from the very old to the very young, some of these fans graduated from college 60 years ago. I guess the attraction occurs because there are few other teams worthy of any kind of attention in the south. I come from NY and lived in MA for 22 years, between NY and Boston there are 12 professional teams, so why would anyone in that area be interested in collegiate teams.

Before anyone tells me to go back where I come from, I am in about 7 months. My sentence in the south is over.


October 23rd, 2010
6:37 am

CP, good riddance. Can you take a few more yankees with you?


October 23rd, 2010
7:16 am

CP, we hope you have enjoyed your sentence as much as is possible, and wish you nothing but the best in your future endeavors.


October 23rd, 2010
7:40 am

To CP : Fully understand your confusion. We have professional teams & only one championship. Your Jets, Mets, Yankees, Boston,Rangers, Phillies all have world championships.
Up North, you don’t even have any D1 college football teams except for Boston College . It’s hard to follow college football it it doesn’t exist. Your writers write about pro sports.

In the South, it’s college football & everything else . GA Tech & UGA have beenl National Champions. All of Georgia’s border states have at least one school that has a National Champion.
Now do you get it ???


October 23rd, 2010
8:43 am

You see, hemorrhoids are like Yankees in the deep South. They may go back up, but you can always count on them coming back down at some point. …


October 23rd, 2010
9:03 am

I’d like to see a 76-0 game from GaTech, my alma mater. I recall the coach when I took gymnastics there, Houser, was a Georgia Southern grad. I got a B in his course. I’ll try to watch this game today, and I do not want to see any pink worn by Tech. Maybe it’s Clemson’s turn since it’s still October. Did Clemson wear pink last week? If not, they better hurry up and wear it because the month’s almost over. Will they refrain from wearing it because they do not want to look like the pink panthers of Pitt, as opposed to the tigers of Clemson? Maybe Clemson can wear a little orange, white, purple and pink, and come out on the field looking like colorful circus clowns of Ringling Brothers, with a tiger show inside a cage.


October 23rd, 2010
8:34 pm

Doug, hope you got out safe…….

GT Fan

October 24th, 2010
8:35 am

But we beat UGA two years ago.


October 24th, 2010
11:56 am

LOL, Really, Clemson? GT pwnd!

St Simons friend

October 24th, 2010
1:53 pm

Anytime gtu loses is a “perfect” game. In any sport at any time.



October 24th, 2010
5:41 pm

Where’s my Heisman?


October 25th, 2010
12:33 pm

St Simons friend,

by your reasoning, shouldn’y you type THWGTU? Now, go get a knife and cut yourself. You are another example of the complete lack of intelligence that IS “Bulldog Nation.”

Tech is #1

October 25th, 2010
9:30 pm

Thats alright. We will win the rest of our games and totally annihilate UGA. Go Jackets. Johnson and Groh will lead us to a title, just wait and see. BAHAHAHAHABAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!

Tech Homo

October 26th, 2010
5:57 pm


Al Groh

October 27th, 2010
5:33 am

I am sick and tired. Yes I am also sick and tired of UGA fans posting on our sacred Yellow Jacket blogs. Josh Nibbler will win the Heisman. How can I stay awake during games? I love to play BINGO with Josh Nibbler. BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! BAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!! BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! BAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

Al Groh

October 27th, 2010
2:34 pm