Don’t blame loss on Blair, coaches and teammates say

Scott Blair shouldn’t be blamed for Georgia Tech’s 42-34 loss to Georgia on Saturday, according to coach Paul Johnson.

Though Blair missed a point-after attempt that would have tied the game at 35 with 4:57 remaining in the game, Johnson said, “don’t put that on that kid.

“Scott Blair has won a lot of games for us.”

The miss, which sailed to the left, snapped the senior’s streak of 77 consecutive point-after attempts made and gave the Bulldogs a one-point lead with minutes remaining.

After the miss, Johnson said that he told Blair he was going to get a chance to win it with a field goal.

He didn’t get the opportunity.

Blair’s teammates said they don’t put the loss on Blair’s right foot.

“Scott’s been a dependable kicker for us,” B-back Anthony Allen said.

Blair was having an all-ACC type season this year. In addition to his PAT streak, he has made 15-of-17 field-goal attempts this season, including eight longer than 40 yards.

“He’s someone who is very to root for,” center Sean Bedford said. “When he’s having that is going well as this year has, you just want to see it continue to succeed. I think everybody felt that way.”

141 comments Add your comment

Tron5000

November 28th, 2010
12:30 am

I blame him.

GO JACKETS

November 28th, 2010
12:33 am

no blame here, Anthony Allen was awesome..Blair helped GT beat Clemson twice in 09 to win an ACC title…Tevin did all he could…glad there is a bowl game and a chance for Nesbitt to get to play one more time, I for one hope it is in San Francisco

Bali

November 28th, 2010
12:34 am

I wish you guys could’ve taken advantage of the stupidity of our coaches. If you had, we would be rid of at least one of them. Absolutely no chest thumping from this bulldawg.

supersize that order, mutt

November 28th, 2010
12:35 am

no reason whatsoever to blame Blair. THUGa would have still had plenty of time to score again, WITHOUT us just letting them to save time on the clock. The blame, if you want to call it that, must go to the two fumbles in red zone which took away 14 points.

Right On Time

November 28th, 2010
12:35 am

Missed kick, interception, missed starting QB, whaterver… it was bound to end in a loss and everyone knows it. Dont kill a kid that missed a kick. Couldn’t catch EVERY break. Dogs usually win, just a fact.

supersize that order, mutt

November 28th, 2010
12:40 am

Tech lost; can’t make any excuses. BUT I don’t think the mutts (especially their fans) had a clue that it would be that difficult for them. Sadly, I don’t think many Tech fans thought that either.

Right On Time

November 28th, 2010
12:40 am

oh yeah, come and get that super size order of fries…some orders get 34 and some get 42. Good luck to you. May I take your order?

AlabamaRamblinwreck

November 28th, 2010
12:41 am

Would have loved to oblige you, Bali…but it was not to be.

I really am surprised that Shannon is getting fired, but Richt will remain.

supersize that order, mutt

November 28th, 2010
12:42 am

Why would another school want Richt for a coach? From what I have read online all year, most mutts don’t want him either.

AlabamaRamblinwreck

November 28th, 2010
12:45 am

That is not what I meant..I meant if Shannon is getting fired for wasting the talent he had at da U, then Richt should see the door also for wasting it at UGAG.

Todd Grantham

November 28th, 2010
12:48 am

I don’t blame Scott. I knew that he would choke and told him he would. That is why we didn’t even bother to try and block the kick.

question

November 28th, 2010
12:51 am

I wonder what play Tech was trying to run there at the (next) to last?
It appeared to be two busted plays? It seemed like deja vu all over again….Tech with the ball and a chance to win….

Does anyone hate fumbles as much as I?

UGA owns you tasty bees..

November 28th, 2010
12:52 am

And I thank him.. :)

Tech Alum

November 28th, 2010
12:52 am

Scott is a loser. If he had done his job we would have beat UGA.

Simon's Saint

November 28th, 2010
12:52 am

42-34!!! How does it feel to lose to a bad 5-6 team? Your team suck. 365 days of misery for you bugs.

GTBob

November 28th, 2010
12:55 am

I don’t blame him. We had 4 turnovers and UGA had 28 points off of those turnovers. Not to mention we had the ball with a good chance to win with 2 minutes left. To blame it it all on one missed extra point is a little silly.

supersize that order, mutt

November 28th, 2010
12:57 am

Tech Alum, we still had the opportunity to beat them even with the missed extra point. Surely you don’t think the mutts wouldn’t have scored again if he had made it. That one point didn’t really make much of a difference at all.

Simon's Saint

November 28th, 2010
1:00 am

Hey super size…what about our four turnovers which “took away” 28 points. You moron…make all the excuses you want but Tech lost. $h1t happened to both teams. It will be a painful 365 days. 9 of 10

supersize that order, mutt

November 28th, 2010
1:04 am

Simon’s Saint, I wasn’t making excuses. I was just stating facts. And the only thing painful about the next 365 days will be listening to the comments of ignorant rednecks like you. The sad thing is, even if Tech had won, you ignoramuses would still be spouting s**t, whining and making excuses like you always do.

BUZZ Gets All The Cheerleaders!

November 28th, 2010
1:09 am

BLAME AL GROH AND THE STUPID 3-4 DEFENSE THAT GETS SHREDDED EVERY GAME!!!!!!

The PROBLEM is Al Groh is too old and stubborn to change…..And Paul Johnson is too old and stubborn to fire him.

It’s hard to have a winning season when you have to score 45 pts EVERY GAME just to have a chance to win. So get used to gut-wrenching losses by a defense that always seems to give up the big play multiple times a game BECAUSE they’re trying to be in the right place at the right time in some convoluted defense instead of just playing a standard 4-3 like they’ve played since they were 6 yrs old.

The DEFENSE is problem #1….

The SPECIAL TEAMS play is problem #2…..

The UNFORCED TURNOVERS are problem #3…..

It’s not Blair’s fault……But there are some Asst. Coaches that should be REPLACED simply because the same problems at the beginning of the year are STILL the same problems at the end of the year.

See if Paul Johnson holds any coaches accountable and you’ll see whether or not this program moves forward or stays stuck in neutral…..Both of these programs played a pathetic excuse for a football game tonight. [PUKE......PUKE]

Simon's Saint

November 28th, 2010
1:09 am

Awww, I see you are so ticked right now you pathetic bug. You’ve been squashed two years in a row and dreams dashed nine of the last ten years and all you can console yourself with is the “would have, could have” excuses. Go run home to mommy, now.

supersize that order, mutt

November 28th, 2010
1:11 am

I have no problems with Groh; he could only do so much with the talent that he inherited. I give him another year, maybe two. I agree though that Johnson needs to do something about some of his other coaches, ESPECIALLY the special teams coach, if there even is one..

supersize that order, mutt

November 28th, 2010
1:12 am

Simon’s Saint, THUGa hasn’t “squashed” Tech since Gailey’s first year. 3, 4, or 8 point losses are as hard to take as any loss, but they are definitely not squashings.

Simon's Saint

November 28th, 2010
1:14 am

…and super size, who’s spouting s**t and whining right now? That’s what I thought.

Simon's Saint

November 28th, 2010
1:16 am

If it makes you feel better, supersize. Fact is this…42-34, 9 of 10. Good night.

supersize that order, mutt

November 28th, 2010
1:17 am

Simon’s Saint, I am not whining in the least. Tech lost; nothing more needs to be said. Certain things happened (as in ALL games) that could have made a difference. But we lost. It’s you mutt fans who always make excuses or whine or try to find ways to negate a win (vis a vis the two games Tech won during WWII). Nobody else in the entire country disputes those wins, or the wins by any other school in the country using military athletes. THUGa stands alone in trying to claim that those two games don’t count. That kind of behavior has gone on ever since whenever the mutts lose a game. You always try to find a reason not to count it.

needles

November 28th, 2010
1:19 am

We put up 500+ yards on the leg-humpers with a back up quarter back. Your 5 and 6 team with all that talent does suck. We fumbled this one away. Simons congratulations on the win. It feels bad but people like you make me feel worse (for the human race.)

Simon's Saint

November 28th, 2010
1:22 am

Yes, please console yourself with historical data. You may want to suck on a pacifier while you type. Stage is yours

supersize that order, mutt

November 28th, 2010
1:23 am

Only pointing out to you the typical behavior of mutt fans.

same stuff different year

November 28th, 2010
1:28 am

His job is to make extra points, no excuses, he blew it, just another choke by tech….

Chuck

November 28th, 2010
1:29 am

Come on, nerds. Let’s hear the whining!!! Excuses, excuses, excuses… We OWN your self-congratulatory asses, so get over it!

BUZZ Gets All The Cheerleaders!

November 28th, 2010
1:34 am

We got our first sack in the past THREE games tonight. The D players are constantly out of position and appear “confused” about who is doing what and covering who and then — BAM — big play, score 6! A 10-15 yd dump over the middle becomes a 70 yd TD…..A run to the outside that should be a 5 yd gain at most becomes a breakaway TD run…..And I for one am just tired of it.

At some point you have to take a reality pill and just see it for what it is….The Groh system didn’t work this year. Why do we have to wait another 2 or 3 years to see IF it works with “his” players? Grantham’s 3-4 experiment is just a horrendous as ours! It’s WHY both of these teams are 6-6 and nothing to be proud of.

There is such a difference between watching the 08 game between the hedges when offensive players on both sides were making absolutely incredible plays when they needed to and it was a shootout to see who was left standing at the end. This game was like watching high school teams who don’t know how to protect the ball on offense, can’t do much right on special teams and feel like they got a moral victory by holding the opponent to less than 50 pts!

Am I the only one wearing White & Old Gold who knows Bostic is going to go straight up the middle on every return? I almost threw my remote at our plasma whenever he caught the ball and started straight up the middle EVERY TIME, even running into his own player’s back once because he seemingly has no idea he can also run towards the sideline. Absolutely PATHETIC COACHING.

mowreck

November 28th, 2010
1:42 am

I think maybe getting Scott into the ballgame and KICKING THAT FIELD GOAL in the first quarter instead of going for it on 4th and two, might have got him settled down. I know going for it and making it can change when you are driving. But NOT making it sometimes can kill it too.

BUZZ Gets All The Cheerleaders!

November 28th, 2010
1:43 am

The funny thing is that all of the Dawg fans on here bragging about their 1 pt win tonight lack the ability to see that their own program has sunk to the same depths of mediocrity as ours. And their inability to get angry and demand changes means there won’t be much difference in their disappointing season this year and their disappointing season next year. Their signature win is beating GT now and I remember when the bar was set much higher……Only an ignorant GT or UGA fan would find anything about tonight’s game that’s worth celebrating. It’s a sad day for football in this state.

UGA Fan

November 28th, 2010
1:46 am

First Reggie Ball, now Scott Blair. I like these two Tech players. Face the facts, Dogs rule again. Good night !!!!!!!!!

SImple Techster

November 28th, 2010
1:49 am

OK, its time to write a little book, based on everything i’ve seen on all of the ajc blogs over the past few weeks, just to cover some things I need to point out…
First, and foremost, congratulations to the Georgia Bulldogs on their victory tonight. It was a hard fought game, and they now also have the opportunity to go to a bowl game, plus gain the extra practices inbetween now and bowl time to assist them going into next year.
Secondly, to all of the bloggers who have been calling for a coaches head/dismissal…..shut up. Seriously. For Grantham and Al Groh, they are both first year coordinators at their respective schools who implemented a completely new defensive scheme, using players they had no input in recruiting and who were not recruited for the 3-4 scheme. They did the best with what they had. Calling it, thier respective hirings, a mistake is simple stupidity. For heavens sake, give them some time. Both defenses will be MUCH improved next year, and even more in 2012. If thats not the case, then start calling for thier heads. For those calling for CMR’s head….wow. Look what the man has done with your program the last, what is it now, 9 years? How many 10 win seasons? How many SEC championships? How many BCS bowls? He has earned the right to fix his teams faults, atleast another year, maybe two. But guess what….even after a 6-6 season, he is on the top of the lists at Colorado and Miami…and I wouldnt blame him for leaving because his fanbase has such SHORT memories and wants his head. Please keep in mind I am a DIEHARD tech fan, and the man is 9-1 against my team. Now, for those who wish CPJ was never hired, diss his offense, and every other negative thing that has been said….know what, go root for someone else. Bandwagon morons. His “high school” offense, that for 3 years now everyone was going to figure out and stop, leads the nation in rushing. It continues to work. It continues to get better. It put up 400 yards of rushing against UGA tonight, who was supposed to “completely” dominate our offensive line. Its the #1 rushing offense regardless of the fact that we have been without our starting QB for 3 games now, and has used 6 or 7 different O line combinations this year due to injuries. Wanna make fun of the passing game? Go ahead…first look at how many drops our recievers have had this year. People are on the blogs bashing CPJ saying he blames the players for everything and takes no responsibilty for anything…when he DEFENDED his kicker and has done so for his players all year, saying more than once there were obvious coaching errors that needed to be corrected. Any coach is going to talk about mental errors and fumbles and lack of intensity and drive, and he has every right to do so this year….because Techs worst enemy this year has been themselves, over and over and over again. Tonight was no different.

ga fan

November 28th, 2010
1:49 am

UGA state champs 2010!

SImple Techster

November 28th, 2010
1:50 am

For everyone, from Bradley to bloggers, who keep belittling GT’s recruiting, who say there is such a talent gap, who says that CPJ won only with Gailey’s players and cannot recruit quality players to get us back to and keep us at championship levels, who complain that our classes are ranked so low….lets settle some facts. ESPN, Rivals, Scout.com, all use a score to determine a players value, if not the 2-3-4-5 star system. The final class ranking are mostly made up based on how many of the top 150 players a particular team signs, how many 4 and 5 star players a team gets.Go look at ESPN, and Rivals for that matter, and look at Georgia’s past 2 years classes, and the class they are putting together for this year(5 ESPN 150 commits), the majority scored at or above 75. Then go look at Techs. Two 4 star players, 12 players scored at 75 or higher. Last year, it was three 4 star players, 15 players scored at 75 or above. 2009, it was 19 players scored at 75 or higher. (Georgia, btw, had 19 players above 75 in 09, 15 for 2010, and 15 for this upcoming class). SO, not that big of a difference, except for the few players ranked in the top 150 that gives UGA such highly rated classes. Now, UGA fans, please dont think I am trying to belittle your recruiting, I’m not, I am complimenting it highly. I am simply stating the fact that Tech is not recruiting one or two star players like I have read so often, CPJ’s recruiting is EXCELLENT and he will continue to do so. His teams will get better and continue to be competitive. All of the recruits for both sides at the game tonight had to have been impressed with both teams, especially at the opportunties to contribute immediately to both teams.

mtraininjax

November 28th, 2010
1:53 am

Great game for the ages, yes Ugag won, congrats, but UF still beat you this year. I don’t care who is playing a game, you can’t win a serious game when you turn the ball over 5 times. Tech has NO pass rush on D-line, and it shows. Murray had all day to throw.

ga fan

November 28th, 2010
2:01 am

paul johnson should be arrested for this performance

Reuben Houston

November 28th, 2010
2:04 am

not a good game but it was a contest between two teams which are not very good…..winning is always better than losing, though…..a serious question…do GT fans still think CPJ will dominate the series in the future like they did after 2008? As a UGA fan, these two teams were the worst we’ve had since CMR was here (next year will probably be another mediocre team) but UGA still beats GT…..Does losing to UGA become a mental think like it does with UGA and Florida?

Really?

November 28th, 2010
2:15 am

What is the big deal? Another win against Tech. I mean Really? Same old same!

bulldawg

November 28th, 2010
2:34 am

i liked pj’s call at the end. if we had a coach as smart as paul we would’ve taken a knee upon reaching the first down marker. instead we scored giving you almost two minutes to make it to the end zone. sure you didn’t. but you didn’t have nesbitt. getting the first down and downing it after your last time out= georgia win. take care tech fans. poor coaching will catch up with the dawgs sooner or later.

FAN

November 28th, 2010
2:46 am

i m loving the excuses. it was a damn good game. tech fans dont forget that UGA had 3 or 4 turnovers as well, two in the red zone, it could of been worse. don’t blame the kicker you had a chance to win it and a chance to tie it but yall can’t pass worth a damn. good game. 9 of 10.

ha

November 28th, 2010
2:46 am

I think PJ missed the kick on purpose, because he knew UGA would go ultra conservative and try to protect a one point lead. He knew how predictable Richt and Bobo are. This is from a UGA fan…Also PJ did outcoach Richt today, however I feel that both coaches best days are behind them.

FAN

November 28th, 2010
2:49 am

hey bulldawg, downing the ball had nothing to with the coaches when ealey scored. ealey should known to do that but the rule is, if you have a chance to score, you score. so i can really blame the kid

BUZZ Gets All The Cheerleaders!

November 28th, 2010
2:53 am

OK Simple Techster, let’s have a look-see at what the GT OFFENSE did accomplish tonight (which I believe says quite a bit about Grantham’s failure of a defense):

… Tech’s 32 first downs were its most in a game since Nov. 9, 2000 vs. Virginia (34)
… Tech’s 26 first downs via rushing were its most in at least 30 years
… Tech’s 512 yards of total offense were its most vs. Georgia since 1999
… Tech’s 92 offensive plays were its most since Nov. 9, 2000 vs. Virginia (94)
… Tech rushed for 400-plus yards in a game for the eighth time under Paul Johnson
… Tech’s 77 rushing attempts were its most in at least 30 years
… Tech’s time of possession (38:14) was a season high

Yet we still failed to score more points than UGA. And the best defense you have to offer for the GT defense is Groh “did the best with what he had”…..LOL. Let’s hope CPJ isn’t as forgiving and “simple” as you and does show Al Groh the exit door. This defense couldn’t stop KANSAS or DUKE for goodness sake, and it’s NOT for a lack of talent.

GT and UGA both have talented players on defense, but neither has the NOSE TACKLE necessary to make the 3-4 work. Without an effective nose tackle, the 3-4 is simply DOOMED. The fact that Al Groh and Grantham BOTH knew this, yet they continuously tried to do something all season that they KNEW was impossible means they are both frauds.

I have no tolerance for frauds, and lately GT has them in spades in the coaching staffs. Start with Paul Hewitt….Mix in some Al Groh….Pick some more asst football coaches (since so many failed this year there are plenty to choose from).

When a coach doesn’t have the personnel — for whatever reason — to implement “his” style of defense, then he has a responsibility to CHANGE the scheme to best utilize the players available. Show me where either Groh or Grantham did that during this season…..You can’t. That’s WHY they’re frauds and they both should be FIRED. Surely you’re not too simple to get that, are you Simple Techster?

John Swofford

November 28th, 2010
3:12 am

I am the Commissioner of the ACC. My conference is one of the worst in the country. GTU sucks and cannot beat a 5-6 UGA team. Tech has lost 9 of the last 10 to UGA and hasn’t won a bowl game in 5 years. UGA tried to give Tech the game tonight and “Turkey Neck” Johnson could not do anything with it. What a bad league I lead. We should get our automatic BCS bid pulled.

SUCK IT JACKETS!!!!! THERE ARE NO MORAL VICTORIES. 9 of the last 10. I thought “Turkey Neck” Johnson was the new Sheriff. He is not a very good Sheriff at 1-2.

Mama Says

November 28th, 2010
4:32 am

OK I hate to LET ALL YOU LEGHUMPERS DOWN but this was the last time for a while you guys will win.

Why ?

Tech is finally done with Butler and Edwards, those two alone have been involved in at least 2 busted, out of position, shoulder high tackle attempts per game or blown coverages each game, tonight was no different. King deeked Edwards out of his jock on one TD run and Butler was the one beat on the pass to your TE. 14 points attributed to two tech “defenders”

Now we can replace them with Ayers and Johnson–two highly recruited corners that CPJ convinced to come to Tech although they were heavily recruited by you guys.

Tech has been able to build depth under CPJ.

While everyone talks down CPJ, pointing out that he won with Gaileys players, they fail to understand that his 2nd recruting class is just now playing. Players who have been on the field sparingly or who have been red shirted will be playing in the system they were recruited for next year, some of them were players you guys wanted.

Orwin Smith, Isaiah Johnson, Emory Peoples, and Ayers will join Roddy Jones, Telvin Washington and a slew of young players who are changing the face of Tech Football. Guess what- Washington can pass the ball too. ( yes he showed his experiance tonight on the final possessions but the pass portion of this high school offense will be something to deal with next year (and you can’t stop the run portion of it already).

By the way the 3-4 defense will have better players in it next year—sorry Butler and Edwards but you both combined to lose the Clemson game, Georgia game and several others with your high tackles and lack of aggressiveness.

When a new system in installed it only takes one player to fail in his job, Tech has had 2 failing all year (and I watched every Tech game–I promise one or both gave up big plays in all but one game–plays that DIRECTLY CONTRIBUTED to losses)

I will leave you with this. Tech got beat tonightand Georgia beat them—-who do you think is the closest to putting it together ? I feel good can you mutts say the same ?

6-6 in a rebuilding year–for Tech that is definatley something new

Take it and like it

November 28th, 2010
6:21 am

Mama says:

Typical Tech fan, a bunch of logic, absolutely devoid of truth. You got beat by a piss poor UGA squad. Accept it. If you watched every Tech game, you would know that your problems extend to more than 2 people.