The good and bad in Tech’s win

Reviewing Georgia Tech’s 30-20 win against Duke, with rival Georgia coming up this weekend. The game will be at 7:45 p.m. It will be televised by ESPN.

The game that was

Georgia Tech earned the 30-20 win against Duke, but its performance was very similar to most this season: an inability to finish drives on offense, big plays allowed in bad moments by the defense, and more mistakes by the special teams. But “30 is more than 20,” as coach Paul Johnson said after the game.

What we learned

1. The defense isn’t crisp. Duke was able to run the ball in the first half (96 yards). Tech adjusted and limited the Blue Devils to 13 yards in the second half. But in turn Duke was able to throw the ball (203 yards) in the last two quarters. The Blue Devils had more than 400 yards in offense. Most teams have to decide which part of an offense they want to limit, but when Tech decides it seems that it gives up a lot in the other area.

2. Tech’s roulette of wide receivers stepped up. While there hasn’t been a bonafide go-to man on the edge, Tech’s wide receivers are doing it by committee. Kevin Cone, who caught a touchdown pass last week, had a rough game against Duke. But Stephen Hill, who has had a few rough games this season, came through with a 79-yard touchdown reception.

3. Scott Blair is having a special year. The senior kicked three more field goals – each longer than 40 yards – and also handled the punting duties for the first time since the 2008 season. He has hit 15 of 17 field goals and is 32 of 32 on point-after attempts this season. He leads Tech with 77 points.

Injury report

There were no significant injuries to report.

Numbers game

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Carries for B-back Anthony Allen in Saturday’s win. It was the most carries for a Tech running back since Tashard Choice had 37 against Miami in 2007. It was the ninth-highest single-game total in Tech history. Quarterback Joshua Nesbitt rushed 32 times against North Carolina last season.

Sound bite

“Biggest game of the year, Georgia Tech-UGA next week. Make sure y’all are there. It’s going to be a good one, I guarantee it.”

- Allen

Loose ends

Tech has 26 wins over the past three seasons, tying for the seventh-most over that span in school history. … The victory guaranteed Tech a winning record at home (4-2) for the sixth consecutive season. … Tech has scored on its opening possession eight times this season.

What’s next

A win against Georgia would likely help erase the taste of what has been a disappointing season for most Tech fans. The Bulldogs will present the biggest challenge that Tech’s offense and defense have faced this season. Though Georgia is 5-6, its lines are big, fast and physical, which Tech’s lines haven’t handled well this season in losses at Clemson and to Miami, for example. Plus, Georgia’s special teams are very good and Tech’s have had issues this season.

55 comments Add your comment

On paper

November 22nd, 2010
6:07 am

On paper UGA is better, no doubt. But any team can be beaten on any given day. Tech can beat UGA and I wouldn’t be surprised if they did. They must play a complete game to do it. Nothing is impossible.
UGA has the talent but Tech has the coaching. I will go with the Yellow Jackets. Dig Deep guys and go beat the Dogs!

Tokyo jacket

November 22nd, 2010
6:35 am

The best part of the Duke game is the W. I really think that was a back against the wall situation and we came out on top. I’d give UGA 5 next week, but if Tech plays the way they did in the first half against VT or the whole game against UNC, we could finish strong.

Rockdale Jacket

November 22nd, 2010
6:43 am

On paper:
UGA has the talent AND the coaching. I am not a UGA troll.
I have been a GT fan since 1952 and always will be. However, I am not a CPJ fan. Why? Nothing personal…I don`t even know him and he may be a very fine person but he coaches a one dimensional offense. I happen to like
an offense that features a QB who can stand in the pocket and fire bullets to his receivers.
Anyway, maybe a miracle will happen…. GO JACKETS!!

SugarfreeSailor

November 22nd, 2010
7:14 am

The best part about this weekend is that GT gets to determine the dawgs’ bowl eligibility this season. Maybe that will be the motivation we need to get “crisp”. Tevin has had some great experience games, now it’s time to see him when he has a real performance of a game.

THWG

Let's go now

November 22nd, 2010
7:38 am

Their should be plenty of motivation to beat UGA. What they did last year to our field. Of course their obnoxious fan base. Shoot, it’s Georgia. Just beat the crap out of them. We hate them. Go Jackets!!

RambleOn84

November 22nd, 2010
7:58 am

Doug,
QUIT BLOCKING MY COMMENTS

RambleOn84

November 22nd, 2010
7:58 am

So that goes through?

wesleywhatwhat

November 22nd, 2010
8:13 am

newflash genius, doug doesn’t block comments.

the ajc has set up a filter that blocks posts with offenseive language or lots of links to other sites, and sometimes INoffensive comments get caught in it as well.

what is so hard to understand about that? also, i seriously doubt that the world is missing anything by being denied access to your original post…

RambleOn84

November 22nd, 2010
8:15 am

Let’s try this one then:

I keep hearing that UGA is the “most impressive 5-6 team in the country,” but what exactly does that mean? UGA has beaten ONE team with a winning record. That would be Kentucky, who themselves have only beaten ONE team with a winning record (South Carolina, who is known for choking at least one game a year).

UGA will probably beat Tech this weekend. But please let’s stop with all this “most impressive 5-6 team in the country.” With all the hype and talent UGA has, is that really something to be proud of?

RambleOn84

November 22nd, 2010
8:16 am

Hey wesley,
Sit on a tack. I wrote something completely inoffensive with no links and it didn’t go through.

But if I write something negative about UGA, it goes right through.

RambleOn84

November 22nd, 2010
8:20 am

The original comment was about how proud I was of Hill on Saturday.

He made a Demaryius-Thomas-like play.

We know what you’re capable of, Stephen. Show the world on Saturday on national TV!

As always, GO JACKETS!

ThatStingHurts

November 22nd, 2010
8:20 am

Hey, CPJ is the man. I just wish he’d consider a few variations. What’s so bad about a SHORT PASSING GAME ? I know it’s tough, but it takes even more time to heave those 30 and 40 yard bombs to Steven Hill (who finally caught one Saturday). Coach, please……if the Dawgs have done their homework on D (and why shouldn’t they ? They’ve had 2 weeks), please have something besides the desperation long throws to SH. How about a sneaky little quick one to an A-back, or a misdirection toss back to a trailing A-back? Or…………..

Brunswick

November 22nd, 2010
8:20 am

Shreveport here I come!!!! Good Times, i already have my room booked at the Red Roof Inn.

RambleOn84

November 22nd, 2010
8:22 am

The hotels had to be completely refurbished because a lot of visiting football fans from last year weren’t housebroken.

RambleOn84

November 22nd, 2010
8:23 am

Negative comments are encouraged, but if I try to post something positive about the awesome play of Stephen Hill on Saturday, it gets blocked.

RambleOn84

November 22nd, 2010
8:26 am

Stephen Hill finally got the monkey off his back and made a Demaryius-Thomas-esque play.

We know what you’re capable of, Stephen. Show the world on Saturday on national TV!

As always, GO JACKETS!

ACC stinks

November 22nd, 2010
8:28 am

I noticed the other day that PJ seemed to downplay the significance of the game against UGA. Of course that makes sense because he knows that his team won’t win this time in Athens. It’s amazing that his first year they get rings made when they won in Athens and then last year he comes up with the famous bigger fish to fry line. Now this season he’s once again trying to act like its just another game. UGA will pound Tech this year and the PJ knows it.

THWGT

November 22nd, 2010
8:28 am

5-6 is the result of playing in the best conference in the country.
GT would 2-8 (with wins over SC State and Middle TN)
if they played in the SEC.

RambleOn84

November 22nd, 2010
8:28 am

Yeah, the SEC East is just SO intimidating.

ACC stinks

November 22nd, 2010
8:30 am

Rambleon84, do you really want to get into a discussion about quality of wins? I didn’t think so.

ACC stinks

November 22nd, 2010
8:35 am

Lets go there- Middle Tenn st., South carolina st., Virginia, Duke, Wake Forest, and a UNC team with 11 or 12 starters sitting out. And you want to talk about UGA’s quality of wins? lol

RambleOn84

November 22nd, 2010
8:37 am

Yes, I do. Because, you see, I am rational. Tech stinks this year. I am the first to admit it. I am not delusional. I am not claiming that Tech is “the greatest 6-5 team in the nation.”

6-5 STINKS any way you slice it.

So does 5-6.

Before you start bragging about losing to better teams (which is dumb anyway), let me remind you that UGA lost to Colorado, the WORST team in the Big12.

This is the difference between us. I know my team stinks. You keep thumping your chest about your conference as if it matters and proclaiming to be the best losers in the country.

NO ONE CARES!

Brunswick

November 22nd, 2010
8:37 am

And the 12 visiting fans from techwood drive are? ha!

RambleOn84

November 22nd, 2010
8:39 am

Idaho State, La-Lafayette, Kentucky, Vandy, Tennessee.

Dude, the best team you beat is Kentucky and you want to brag about anything?

What happened to your pride? You should be EMBARRASSED to have the best win on your resume over Kentucky, yet here you are bragging like it’s 1980.

You are pathetic.

ACC stinks

November 22nd, 2010
8:43 am

Rabmleon84, I have to question your intelligence. Nobody is on here bregging about UGA wins. We know our team stinks this year. It was YOU who brought up the fact that UGA lacks quality wins. And it was I that brought up the irony that a TECH fan would degrade UGA’s wins this season. I swear you are just plain dumb.

ACC stinks

November 22nd, 2010
8:44 am

RambleOn84

November 22nd, 2010
8:48 am

you are on a Tech blog, presumably to say negative things, so you would not know any of this if you weren’t here to thump your chest in the first place, right?

RambleOn84

November 22nd, 2010
8:50 am

Fair enough. For that I apologize. Had you read my posts, you would see I was trying to post something positive about Tech, but it wouldn’t go through for reasons unknown to me.

So I tried to post something related to a different article which was negative towards UGA and it went right through. I was trying to prove a point.

ACC stinks

November 22nd, 2010
8:51 am

Funny how Tech fans change their tune based on how the Jackets season plays out. Remember the two previous seasons when all we heard is wait until PJ gets his recruits in here and we will compete for championships. Now that they know they are going to get pounded in Athens this year they are all saying well UGA should win with all the talent they get. What happened to PJ’s recruits?

RambleOn84

November 22nd, 2010
8:51 am

Had you read my posts, you would see I was trying to write something positive about Tech, but it wouldn’t show up for reasons unknown to me.

So I tried to write something negative towards UGA and it showed up. I was trying to prove a point.

RambleOn84

November 22nd, 2010
8:53 am

PJ’s oldest recruits (half a class) are now redshirt sophomores and a couple of true juniors. He redshirts almost all of them, so the first full class are now almost entirely redshirt freshmen.

Should redshirt freshmen be expected to dominate?

Never let facts get in the way of a good story.

Tony

November 22nd, 2010
8:54 am

Hey Everybody, this is a football game, not a life and death situation. Both teams have stunk it up this year. No one has a major reason to brag; at least not this year. I am pulling for Tech to win, but if they don’t life goes on. Let’s enjoy Thanksgiving and our family time this week and let the chips fall where they may. Have a good one!

RambleOn84

November 22nd, 2010
8:56 am

PJ’s recruits are still being implemented.

And UGA obviously does have MUCH better talent. They always have. Which makes it even sillier that guys like you base your entire sense of self-worth on beating Tech.

roughrider

November 22nd, 2010
9:05 am

This rivalry could be ending soon. When UGA’s engineering school gets up and running, Tech will be obselete. With the economy as bad as it is, the Board of Regents might combine Tech with UGA.

Bring Back Chan

November 22nd, 2010
9:09 am

Agree with Rockdale Jacket. The triple option is really starting to outlive its welcome for me. It becomes more boring and frustrating to watch every week, particularly when we aren’t winning and we’re struggling with godawful teams like Kansas, Wake, and Duke. PJ’s pouting and berating kids on the sidelines is cute when you’re winning, but it makes him look like a clown when he’s losing.

Duke largely outplayed us and were dominating statistically at one point. The key play obviously was the pick 6, as Duke was about to put us down two scores. The ill-advised “Connette package” in the red zone killed them both in the GT and BC games.

The way Duke was able to run the ball on us, I’m sure UGA will be able to pile up another 300+. The week before Duke managed all of 4 rushing yards total vs BC.

spectator

November 22nd, 2010
9:20 am

Why is georgia “the biggest challenge Tech will face this year”? I think VA Tech, Miami, Clemson, and probably NC were all bigger challenges than 5-6 uga. 5-6 is a losing football team no matter what you think about their so-called “talent”.

Savannah Fan

November 22nd, 2010
9:25 am

golfdog

November 22nd, 2010
9:35 am

I’ve been a Tech fan since I could walk. There has been way too many disappointing years and this one is no different. The Bullpups are in the same boat this year. We are still gonna drink beer, play a little cornhole and hope for a good game. I’m just glad it’s a night game so i can shuffle off to brd when it’s over

ACC stinks

November 22nd, 2010
9:39 am

Rambleon84, Tech is obviously deficient in talent this season. If PJ were recruiting some budding stars then there is no reason they shouldn’t be stepping up now. According to your logic true Juniors and redshirt sophomores are not ready to contribute? AJ green is a true junior. Aaron Murray is a redshirt freshman. Marcus lattimore is a true freshman, etc. Keep living in denial about PJ and his recruits.

Observer

November 22nd, 2010
9:40 am

To all those who keep suggesting that the option offense is getting old and that defenses have caught up to it, let me remind you that we lead the nation in rushing offense and average 406 yards per game in total offense. Please explain to me what defenses have caught up to.

We are moving the ball just fine. Our problem is that we can’t stop anybody from moving the ball against us. Last time I checked we don’t use the option on defense.

Observer

November 22nd, 2010
9:43 am

Roughrider – You do an absolutely amazing job of demonstrating the ignorance of UGA fans. Thank you.

RambleOn84

November 22nd, 2010
9:48 am

ACC stinks,
Because you don’t understand football, I will explain it for you. Aaron Murray is effective because he isn’t on his back. His OFFENSIVE LINE is very talented and more importantly for an O-line, experienced.

The key to any offense is the OFFENSIVE LINE…skill players get all the hype, but without the O-line, you’ve got nothing. We have two seniors, one who was originally a walk-on and the other who was playing at A-back two summers ago. We have two redshirt sophomores, and the rest are freshmen.

As they get more experience, the offense will get more consistent. We can get yards because the scheme is a good one, but we struggle for the tough yards because our O-line is inexperienced.

RambleOn84

November 22nd, 2010
9:50 am

As for Lattimore and Green, they are exceptional talents…using them as a measuring stick with which to compare other players hardly seems fair.

RambleOn84

November 22nd, 2010
9:51 am

Put a bunch of freshmen in front of Aaron Murray and he would stink…football is a TEAM game.

MC

November 22nd, 2010
9:55 am

Well RambleOn84, just look how many points the mutts O scored on some pretty good football teams and then talk smack. Our D is not even in the same universe as some of those SEC teams. It is what it is dumbazz.

RambleOn84

November 22nd, 2010
10:01 am

Who is talking smack? I fully expect Tech will lose to UGA. Please show me where I said otherwise.

And please quit impersonating a Tech fan. Why would a Tech fan be so insulted by the prospect of possibly beating UGA?

MC

November 22nd, 2010
10:02 am

RambleOn84 all we heard was how year 3 was the year when PJ’s boys hit the field. How great it was going to be. Now all you PJ apologists are putting the timeline out farther and farther. Some of you really think that the talent PJ is bringing in here will turn an obsolete offense that has already started a downhill slide into some kind of juggernaut. LMAO! Won’t happen folks. GT’s zenith under PJ was last year with Chan’s players. Can’t even finish drives against DUKE! The signs are there guys. We will never beat the quality ACC teams with PJ’s vaunted (ROFL) offense.

MC

November 22nd, 2010
10:03 am

Because I’m a realist RambleOn84 and can actually understand that PJ’s recruits are never going to be the caliber of players that can consistently beat even the better teams in the ACC.

RambleOn84

November 22nd, 2010
10:06 am

Nice try, MC. What are you even trying to achieve?

WrecksNEffect

November 22nd, 2010
10:15 am

re: Observer

Rushing Stats don’t mean crap, wins & losses are what counts, Dook’s 330+ yards passing meant nothing last Saturday since they lost, CPJ is so paranoid about criticisms of his “option offense” he has brainwashed the GT fanbase to focus on such Metrics as Rushing Yards, rather than scoring Offense or 3rd Down success %, Indicators that show whether or not the Offense is really doing its job.

Wake, Dook, A depleted UNC team, SC State, MTSU and the normally weak ACC is not an indicator of what those “rushing stats” really prove, in the last 2 seasons almost every time we play REAL physical FB Teams, we end up getting our Clock’s cleaned.

According to the Computer Rankings we are the 67th Ranked Team, and we have a 6-5 record vs. the 81st toughest Schedule in the USA, we basically fattened up our Rushing Stats against a crappy schedule and then failed against Teams with more physical Front-7s.

That is not a good look for the future of GT FB considering that we lose both Nesbitt & A. Allen, as well as an All-ACC Center, that means that things are likely to get WORSE before they get better.