Tech can’t overcome fumbles in loss to Georgia

Georgia Tech’s players said Georgia tried frequently to strip the ball from them during the 42-34 loss, more than any opponent has tried to do so this season.

The Yellow Jackets lost three fumbles, including two inside Georgia’s 20-yard line, which the Bulldogs converted into 21 points.

“If we don’t put the ball on the ground, I don’t know if they ever stop us,” coach Paul Johnson said.

The Yellow Jackets ran 92 plays (its most since 2000) and totaled 512 yards in offense (411 rushing), but couldn’t overcome the fumbles as well as an interception.

A-back Embry Peeples said the defenders weren’t trying to tackle on first contact. The first to arrive would hold up the ball-carrier while more would come in and try to take away the ball.

The last fumble occurred when Tevin Washington tried to pitch the ball at the 21-yard line. Linebacker Akeem Dent hit Roddy Jones as the pitch arrived, causing him to lose the ball. Justin Houston scooped it up and returned it for a touchdown to give Georgia a 35-21 lead with 16 seconds left in the third quarter.

“It’s a pitch that’s got to be caught. It hit my hands,” said Jones, who carried the ball nine times for 63 yards and a touchdown. He has more than 300 yards rushing in three games against the Bulldogs.

Tech’s first two turnovers happened inside Georgia’s 20-yard line. Orwin Smith dropped a pitch in the first quarter that Georgia recovered on the 5-yard line. The second occurred when Jones was stripped of the ball inside the 15-yard line in the third quarter. After a scramble, Georgia picked it up on the 36-yard line.

“They did a good job of getting their hands in their and their helmets and poking the ball away,” Jones said. “It’s just the little things like that that got us beat today.”

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Buford T. Pusser

November 28th, 2010
12:53 am

Buford T. Pusser

November 28th, 2010
1:03 am

Now that that is out of the way, GT reverted to their downfall all season, poor handling of the ball. Do I think thUGA is a better team?, No, only in the mind of the typical trailer-trash thUGA fan can that be rationalized.

CPJ has taken 2-3 star players and coached the up. CMR has coached down his 4-5 star players. Even in defeat, it’s great to be a Tech fan, knowing that you are not a toothless redneck who married their cousin.

Buford T. Pusser

November 28th, 2010
1:05 am

Now that that is out of the way, GT reverted to their downfall all season, poor handling of the ball. Do I think thUGA is a better team?, No, only in the mind of the typical trailer-trash thUGA fan can that be rationalized.

CPJ has taken 2-3 star players and coached the up. CMR has coached down his 4-5 star players. Even in defeat, it’s great to be a Tech fan, knowing that you are not a toothless redneck who married their cousin.

The Sherif has spoken.

Mike Lum

November 28th, 2010
1:36 am

A win is a win. Tech couldn’t fumble three times and win the game. I wish they had played this way against Kansas. And I wish we’d run the ball as much all year. All year we threw the ball too much, until this game.

Tech Forever

November 28th, 2010
1:56 am

Buford T. Pusser

If this is waht we can expect from coaching up 2 and 3 star players and all we’re ever gonna get is 2 and 3 star players (because it really is all we’ve ever gotten consistently) then why bother continuing to play this game? We lost. And coaching up 2 and 3 star players has lost A LOT of Georgia games since 1966. So what’s the answer?

MMA is Stupid

November 28th, 2010
1:58 am

Buford,

Sounds like a lot of sour grapes. Your team got beat again..deal with it. You could not beat the worst teams Richt has fielded and YOUR only rationalization is call UGA fans trailer trash. Who is the real trash….yeah, you know who. 364 more days, NERD…until then 42-34.

Reuben Houston

November 28th, 2010
2:10 am

I will take actual wins over moral victories……42-34…9-1….2-1 (CMR v. CPJ)…..eat it Tech fans.

St. Simons

November 28th, 2010
5:10 am

Roddy Jones just scored again!!! Oh wait….. that must have been a flash back!!! 42-35 42-35 42-35…… OH WAIT the nerd kicker missed again. 42-34 42-34 42-34

bob horner

November 28th, 2010
7:38 am

eat dirt humpers.You have a good man coaching but a bad coach. ther is always next year. oh well. Whats up with scoring in the last few minutes?You had it won, all you had to do is take a knee, but as you always see, your coach just doesn’t have it . If you have 4and 5 star players why, year after year do you lose so many games and finish near the bottom of the heap? Why does fla. beat you 18 outof 20 years with the same talent?

GTPak

November 28th, 2010
8:11 am

Wonder which coach will be around the longest, Richt or Johnson? Georgia struggled to beat the worst team we have had in quite a while, and that with their AJ Greeen, and other 5 star recruits.

Yep, you guys won this one, that is your good news, the bad news is you still have your coaching staff that won’t win another SEC divisional title until they change.

So all you recruits who are signing up for UGA, just think about it. He has had all this talent and the teams keep getting worse. Let us have a couple of those 5 star recruits and see what we can do with them.

roughrider

November 28th, 2010
8:19 am

Buford wrote: ” Do I think thUGA is a better team?, No, only in the mind of the typical trailer-trash thUGA fan can that be rationalized”

Luck would be winning 1 out of 10. I think it is safe to say that you have the best team when you win 9 out of 10.

MC

November 28th, 2010
8:37 am

I guess the great PJ forgets UGA turned it over 3 times. Twice in the red zone and once giving the ball to GT on the UGA 30 and the TO couldn’t score. Do you guys not see through this loudmouthed self centered jerk? He ran 92 plays and still couldn’t beat a 5 win team. Paul Johnson is his own worst problem.

MC

November 28th, 2010
8:39 am

Maybe the headline ought to read Dogs overcome 3 fumbles and 92 plays to beat Tech. In 40 plays or less.

theTruth

November 28th, 2010
8:40 am

Wow, I thought GT fans were supposed to be ’smart’? Oh yeah, they don’t teach English or speak English at the trade school.

CPJ will not make it to five years at Tech.

THUGA U BEAT YOU "AGAIN"

November 28th, 2010
8:59 am

Typical Tech blog just like a typical Tech game

No one around on here or at a game

BobDog

November 28th, 2010
9:01 am

All these fumbles should not be a shock. The great Oklahoma triple options were explosive, but fumble prone.

Old Tech Dude

November 28th, 2010
9:20 am

Buford please get some manners. Spewing nonsense is beneath us – please get some self respect.

Horner please get a clue. GT ALLOWED UGA to score that last TD so they would get the ball back with enough time to score and with a 2 point conversion force overtime.

Classless comments like those of Buford and Horner make me ashamed to be a GT fan. We lost to a better team – it is a fact. What is more disturbing – they were better than us and this was the worst team UGA has fielded in 10 years.

if you can't win on the field

November 28th, 2010
9:24 am

Bufford T……. your handle says it all….. last year and this year were the best opportunities in years for tek to beat the dawgs…. they just ain’t got it in em’. Maybe it’s cause they have fans like you.

sb

November 28th, 2010
10:30 am

I am a UGA fan. With that said neither teams deserves to go to a bowl game, and here is why. Both are just 6-6. Excluding the 2 cream puff teams they both played UGA has not beat a team with a winning record, and GT has only beaten1 team (N.C.) that has a winning record. Last nights game was embarsing to both teams fans. Neither defense could stop a high school team. I say let them both go home and think about next season.

Spike

November 28th, 2010
10:44 am

Is Paul Johnson, the new sheriff, going to punch somebody?

3-4

November 28th, 2010
11:10 am

I agree w/ SB. Neither team could stop ANYTHING. BOth are a joke at this point. The all mighty UGA team was supposed to destroy this weak ACC team that finished 4th in the conference, yet the game was decided by one missed extra point. Discount the TD at the end b/c it was gravy. THis game came down to who had less turnovers and actually made a 10 yard chip shot. Nothing to brag about since UGA was supposed to be this bone crushing superpower from the SEC and GT was a lowly lower tiered ACC team this year

It was a great game but neither team deserves a bowl. It was the previous 11 games that defined these two teams.

Tech 1964

November 28th, 2010
11:41 am

sb and 3-4 you are both right neither team have little to brag about this year i would like to see tech stay home ,no bowl

Coffee Bluff DAWG

November 28th, 2010
12:08 pm

Not a pretty game to watch – 8 fumbles, but we’ll take the W and onto a bowl. There is a lot of work to do at UGA before claiming to be a good FB team.

nerds

November 28th, 2010
12:54 pm

i know the answer. let’s stick to playing dungeons and dragons. we suck and georgia will always be better

Reuben Houston

November 28th, 2010
12:55 pm

nerds lose….nerds lose

Dawgtards ruin this state

November 28th, 2010
1:04 pm

@ MC you sure are a typical Dawgtard. Alot of empty seats all over the stadium last night, thUGA should worry about their own ticket sales, arrests, bad coaching, choke signs to players, DUI, driving skills and not worry about Tech.

For the flagship football factory in the state, you couldn’t represent the state of georgia any worse.

Doug Roberson

November 28th, 2010
1:10 pm

To those saying Tech needs a tight end. Please watch the games this season. The Yellow Jackets have used unbalanced lines often this year.

macrotech

November 28th, 2010
1:45 pm

It was a GREAT game to see…hate that we lost, but it is what it is. We gave them oppertunities and they cashed them in for points. My brother and I were sitting with a lot of uga fans and it was, for the most part, a pleasant experience. True story and NOT intended to play off of the ‘Cesspool of the South’ thing, but there was a FUNKY smell that started hitting us during the second quarter…it was SO bad that we busted out the air fresheners that they were giving out and inhaling those things! I EVEN got my pic taken with Vince Dooley while wearing my Tech gear…he signed a book for me, “Go Jackets”! Crazy world!