Bowers comes through when it counts

After a mostly quiet first three periods, Clemson defensive end Da’Quan Bowers made two important plays on Georgia Tech’s most important drive. Bowers, who led the ACC was second in the nation in sacks (nine) coming into the game, dropped Joshua Nesbitt for a 5-yard loss on first-and-10 at Tech’s 44-yard line in the fourth quarter.

Four plays later, he stopped Nesbitt for a 2-yard loss on third-and-7 on Clemson’s 30-yard line. The Yellow Jackets needed a score to cut the Tigers’ deficit to eight points. Instead, Blair missed the subsequent 49-yard field goal.

“We all had a chip on our shoulder after the ACC championship game last year, and it feels good to get it off,” said Bowers, who finished with seven tackles and 2 1/2 tackles for loss.

Bowers was just one of the problems for the line. Johnson said the Tigers’ starters will likely play in the NFL.

Tech quarterback Joshua Nesbitt was perhaps being polite when he said that the offensive line didn’t have its best day.

It was a sentiment echoed by Johnson, and two more players. The Jackets rushed for 242 yards, 86 less than their season average, and could only push the offense into the end zone in the red zone once in three trips.

Johnson tried to defend the players, citing its inexperience.

“You’ve got seniors whacking around freshmen and sophomores,” Johnson said. “That’s what happened.” The Yellow Jackets’ rotation included two seniors, a redshirt junior, three redshirt sophomores and two redshirt freshmen, among others.

But he didn’t let inexperience go as the sole excuse. He said the team’s issues inside the 20-yard line are more of a matter of aggressiveness.

“When the field closes off you’ve got to block somebody,” Johnson said. “The finesse and all … you’ve got to be able to put your hand down and knock somebody back to get in.”

Etc.

Tech’s streak of conference road wins was stopped at five games. … It was its first loss on the road to an Atlantic Division team since 2007. … Tech is 10-5 on the road under Johnson. … Tech needs another win to become bowl eligible for the 14th consecutive season. … Tech is 3-10 under Johnson when trailing after the third quarter. … Joining Nesbitt and Brad Jefferson as captains this week were defensive end Robert Hall and wide receivers Correy Earls. …

21 comments Add your comment

St Simons friend

October 24th, 2010
1:49 pm

So who said Blair is a cinch to be kicking on Sundays and jinxed him?

THWGT!!!!

upstate Jacket

October 24th, 2010
2:07 pm

Special teams are hardly to blame for our woes yesterday (although that roughing the kicker after a dropped pick 6 to start the game hurt). As soon as we stepped on the field we looked smaller and slower than Clemson. Before people start yelling that Johnson can’t recruit and can only win with Gailey’s players, take notice that most of the players on the defense are Gailey’s recruits. Other than the few studs from the 2007 class Gailey did not leave much in the cupboard. It may be a tough year and a half for Tech, but I think we’ll have a better idea of Johnson as a recruiter and Groh as a coach in 2012. There is no “scheming” Groh can do to make up for our front 7 getting pushed off the ball. I’m not a patient man but I may have to learn to be over the next couple years.

wesleywhatwhat

October 24th, 2010
2:26 pm

Paul Has A Small Johnson

October 24th, 2010
2:43 pm

Scott Blair is horrible

Worm

October 24th, 2010
2:53 pm

Until Tech can stop a good back from running off left tackle they’re in trouble..keep getting gashed on that side.

Buckhead Bulldog

October 24th, 2010
4:02 pm

The big, bad, Red and Black machine is coming down the track for you and the Gator phags!!!!!!!!!!! Wooo Hoooooo!

St Simons friend

October 24th, 2010
5:42 pm

wesleywhatwhat you sir are the bag!!!

THWGT!!!!!!

GssiT

October 24th, 2010
5:52 pm

Change 41’s number or put someone else in that position. Clemson just continued what they started in Tampa—-find 41 and run to that side. Go, Jackets!

surfrider

October 24th, 2010
6:29 pm

Tough loss for Tech. But I saw a few things have’nt seen consistently in awhile….Tech’s A-Backs and B-back can catch the ball…particulary (Allen recruited by Petrino), Smith and Jones, etc…We some how need to work these WR’s in to get comfortable to cacth the ball or only throw mostly to sure handed players…Jimmy Robinson, Drew Hill, Kerry Watkins, Steve Raible, Dez White, etc..come to mind. We are about 5 catches away from the WR position to having a scoring machine….

Delbert D.

October 24th, 2010
8:29 pm

Navy’s OL starters:

LT Sr 6-4 256
LG So 6-3 270
C Jr 6-3 295
RG Jr 6-4 260
RT Jr 6-5 270

These guys manhandled Notre Dame’s defense. It was their first dominating win this year. B-back Alexander Teich ran for 210 yards. Dobbs only passed twice (both completions, 71 yards and 1 TD).

Georgia Tech’s OL needs to step it up *a lot*.

smilnjac

October 24th, 2010
11:10 pm

Pretty poor effort all around, but most distressing to my eye was our linebackers. They appeared too small and were just manhandled by Clemson linemen. Our guys were just not able to fight off the blocks.

Wes Durham's Gigantic Bottom

October 24th, 2010
11:54 pm

GT is just not good at all this season. Thomas, Burnett, Morgan, and Dwyer were the most talented players in this program and losing them at the same time killed GT. CPJ has had two full recruiting classes, so he deserves time, but so far the future does not look bright.

Josh Nibblet

October 25th, 2010
7:32 am

When is the coach paul johnson fish fry this year, or is that a once a decade type event?

THWGT!!!!!!!!

Tiger512

October 25th, 2010
10:44 am

GT- it wasn’t seniors that blew your lines up. Clemson has one on the D-line and one on the o-line. GT simply put doesn’t have a player on defense that would start at Clemson, Miami or VT

TECH FAN

October 25th, 2010
10:48 am

I totally agree with Delbert I watched Navy dominate Notre Dame. The offense looks more precise at Navy than it has at Tech, less mistakes etc. I know Dame is not the best this year but still.

Tiger512

October 25th, 2010
10:57 am

GT has a dearth of talent in the trenches. It won’t get better til you recruit better

Get the ball inbounds

October 25th, 2010
6:36 pm

Our offensive line and defensive lines are way over matched. We don’t have any big mean players. We have little undersized players. Stephen Hill is afraid of contact. Thats why he can’t catch the ball in traffic. He needs to put on about 30 lbs where he won’t look like a string bean. He also has white mans disease…he cant jump! When we started running the same plays that we have run for the last 2 years with great success and the plays weren’t working I was pretty sure it was blocking. Nesbit can hardly get down the line to pitch the ball out without getting slammed. No blocking…if you do make it to the end they get smacked….no receiver blocking.
Hopefully recruiting can fix this. We know with talent the offense will work. Its going to take a while longer to get Johnson type players here.
Johnson does know mean and nasty players. We just don’t have any. We have a few more ass kickings to go thru this year. Next year can’t come soon enough for me.I’m like all Georgia fans. Were going to win the National championship next year!

Sting'em!

October 25th, 2010
9:35 pm

Tiger512……so, I guess since we have a dearth of talent at GT, Clemson must have won the ACC last year….oh, no you didn’t! GT did. Oh, GT beat Clemson and all their talent twice last year. What was it….4 straight. Poor PuttyTats, aint got a chance in hell of winning the conference this year. When did Clemson win the conference? GT won it last year….just a reminder, GT beat Clemson! Good luck not having a loosing season PuttyTats!

Donnie Davis - Arena Football League Legend

October 25th, 2010
11:00 pm

It’s the perfect option…..lyposuction of the double chin and moobs.

just saying

October 26th, 2010
7:22 am

Lets face it Johnson won with D-1 level talent his first two years here that was left from the prior coach. The type of player he’s trying to bring into the ACC will not cut it over time you have to be able to take on 300 + lineman and faster LB’s and he didn’t face that at Navy playing second level D-1 schools to get to bowl games . The good recruits won’t come to Tech unless they really want a good education and those are the ones that get look over by this staff once they get here. Most of these players all want to go pro and and they know it won’t happen in this offense as a OL or a RB and no Qb will ever get drafted . So the fun days are over people Johnson has done all he can do with the 06′07 class and won us at least one ACCC from here on out it’s 7-5 or 6-6

Al Groh

October 27th, 2010
5:28 am

My great defense perfectly compliments Paul johnson’s tremendous offense. Josh Niblett, I will fry you a mess of creek suckers if Paul won’t cook you a fish. Do you like carp? BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!! BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!! BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!