The good and bad in Tech’s loss

Reviewing Tech’s 42-34 loss to Georgia:

The game that was

Georgia Tech looked sharper for 80-plus plays on offense than it has all season, but losing three fumbles and an interception were too much to overcome. The Bulldogs converted those miscues into 28 points. As focused as the offense was, the defense is still learning on the job, a kind way of saying it’s just not working yet. With the exception of half against Wake Forest and and a game against Virginia, it hasn’t worked consistently all season.

What we learned

1. The team can get up for big games, why not the rest? The Yellow Jackets’ three best performances this season occurred against three of its biggest rivals: Georgia, Virginia Tech and North Carolina. Where was that emotion against N.C. State, Duke or Kansas?

2. The defense is a pick your poison. When Tech loads up to stop the run, which it did frequently against Georgia, it gives up the pass. Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray completed 15 passes for 271 yards and three touchdowns. The Bulldogs averaged 8.9 yards per play. And then the Bulldogs were able to run, accumulating 154 yards. Like Tech, Georgia averaged 5.3 yards per rushing attempt.

3. Tech’s offensive line can come off the ball. The front five have been much-maligned this season, but they looked sharp against the Bulldogs. Not only were they not called for a penalty all night (with the exception of two point-after attempts), they pushed around Georgia’s front seven. Johnson complimented his line after the game, something he hasn’t done this season. It was their best performance this season.

Injury report

There were no significant injuries to report.

Numbers game

92

Plays run by Tech against Georgia. It was the most plays the Yellow Jackets have run since 2000, when they ran 94 against Virginia.

Sound bite

“I think you make your own breaks. You have to give them credit, they made plays. I’m just more disappointed for the kids because they played so hard. I just wish I could have found a way to help them win the game.”

– Tech coach Paul Johnson

Loose ends

Tech finished with a .500 record in the regular season for the first time since 2000. … Tech is 39-61-5 in its series against Georgia. … Its 512 yards of offense were its most since the game 1999 game against Georgia. … Its 77 rushing attempts were its most in the last 30 years. … Tech trailed in nine of 12 games this season. … Anthony Allen surpassed 1,800 yards rushing in two seasons. … Freshman outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu had his second sack in as many games. He has three this season. He’s one off the team’s leader, Brad Jefferson.

What’s next

Tech must wait to find out which bowl wants it. Seven teams in the ACC are up for seven bowls, starting with the Champs Sports Bowl, which picks third. The conference championship winner will play in the Orange Bowl and the loser will play in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Tech is being slotted by bowl forecasters into the Independence Bowl. Its performance against Georgia, coupled with the poor performances of other conference teams this weekend, may give it a bump to a more prestigious bowl.

165 comments Add your comment

GoldBlur

November 29th, 2010
5:16 am

Hard fought game, but I am still bitter about losing UGA. Congrats on the win though. Let’s hope both programs see more success next year but with a Jacket win to end the year.

Billyboy

November 29th, 2010
6:40 am

Offense is a team, 3 fumbles and an interception is not looking sharp. Jackets should have won by 20. Jackets still need to play a complete game that includes not having 4 turnovers. Let’s get real.

Big Ol Stinger

November 29th, 2010
6:49 am

Georgia would be a pretty decent ACC team.

mowreck

November 29th, 2010
6:58 am

I thought the guys played their hearts out. We will get better and better with time. I really look forward to the next couple of years, with the development of a couple of QBs. We definitely have the smartest coach. I always disagree with some stuff, (like not kicking FG in 1st quarter), but in my mind CPJ is a X and O genius. Looking forward to next season already GOOOO JACKETS!!

Georgia is Florida's Bitch

November 29th, 2010
7:01 am

18 for last 21. So dawgies, chew on that before you come here to beat up on your instate rivel. You can’t beat us in our worst year.

destin dawg

November 29th, 2010
7:09 am

should NOT play that game in Jax every’ year… play in Atl. every other year… it’s a home game for Fla…. now get a job Bitch…. this is a Tech/Ga. newspaper blog…… great game against FSU !!!! Go Dawgs !!!!

hiveredtech

November 29th, 2010
7:25 am

Doug

I would also list the VT game as one the defense performed well…..they only gave up 21 pts against an offense that was averaging in the 40’s in the previous three conference games. Additionally, one of those scores came on a short field after we failed to convert a 4th and long attempt.

VarsityJacket

November 29th, 2010
7:36 am

CPJ should be gone. The offense is cannot mount a comeback at the end of the game because they have no passing game. What a joke. The only thing that kept Tech in the game was Murray’s fumble. Yes, we scored points, but as usual we have no answer when down in the closing minutes due to ZERO passing game. CPJ isn’t going to change so we will continue to be mediocre in the worst conference. HOW MANY UNRANKED TEAMS DID WE LOSE TO THIS YEAR? 5; is that acceptable to you?

Big Ol Stinger

November 29th, 2010
7:48 am

You’re looking on the wrong side of the ball Varsity. I agree, passing has to be part of the solution, but the real problem is on defense.

If the offense doesn’t score on every possession, Tech loses. Our defense stinks out loud. The d backs can’t cover, then after a reception is made they look scared to hit anyone. There’s never a defender within five yards. Pitiful.

kennyh

November 29th, 2010
7:52 am

men, we are georgia tech. we dont take the thugs and gang members. we will always have trouble beating our rivals from athens.. i’d rather be a ramblin wreck!!!!

ss

November 29th, 2010
7:56 am

varsity jacket,

whine much? Your a baby…. Fire the coach, waaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh.

We beat our selves, and thats why we lost. Pretty obvious thing to say….. Fire this guy, fire that guy, wahhhhhhhhhhhhhh

superDawg

November 29th, 2010
7:57 am

Rambo took the ball right out of your boys hands thats not a fumble its a take away.See you nerds think you gave the ball up give it a rest.Also UGA gave you the best opportunity not once but twice on the first two series and tek laid an egg.

VarsityJacket

November 29th, 2010
7:58 am

Stinger; last time I checked CPJ is responsible for both sides of the ball as the head coach and thru recruiting. Like I said; we lost to 5 unranked teams. That is embarrassing. Is this acceptable to you? Not to me

VarsityJacket

November 29th, 2010
8:00 am

SS; I am glad you can be happy losing to 5 unranked teams – I guess you are a loser and I am a cry baby. That is OK, but I want better.

VarsityJacket

November 29th, 2010
8:01 am

Lets add the fact that we have lost to the MUTTS the last 2 years when they have probably had their worst teams in over a decade. Shouldn’t us Jackets want better than losing to 5 unranked teams including our biggest rival when they are falling apart?

ss

November 29th, 2010
8:02 am

wanting better is fine. Fireing the coach is not the problem. He cant hold the ball for these a-backs when their commiting turnovers.

The defense is the problem not the offense. Washington is going to be fine.

BigTimeTechFan

November 29th, 2010
8:03 am

Tech did play well, but at the same time they were given a game by UGA a didn’t take it. Those drives were nice, 80 plus yards at will, they ran all over UGA ……….But then would make one stupid play.

Big Ol Stinger

November 29th, 2010
8:05 am

Varsity,

I didn’t say it was acceptable. I said the offense isn’t the real problem. Try some decaf brother.

superDawg – we got beat by a better team on their home field. Too much Murray and A.J. for our pitiful defense.

I just hope once before I die I’ll hear a UGA fan say “we got beat by a better team” after a loss.

VarsityJacket

November 29th, 2010
8:05 am

OK ss; really – you have no answer to losing to 5 unranked teams. Whose fault is it? The players? Who recruits them, who coaches them up, who hires the assistant coaches? The answer is obvious, but you refuse to take notice. 5 unranked teams is terrible. Come on. No passing game when needed – pitiful

ptjackets

November 29th, 2010
8:06 am

Fire our Coach??? Are you kidding? #1 in the country running the ball and you want to fire him? Yes we do need to work on passing however I saw lots and lots and lots of balls droped that hit WR in the hands. I think there is a guy coming, Vad Lee, that will make everyone stand up and take Notice of GT.
I just hope we can hang on to CPJ. I bet there are a lot of programs around the country that would love to have him. I hope he never leaves! Thanks for what you have done CPJ! Seems like in Three years we have one a lot of game and played for a couple of conference Championships. I’ll that!

ptjackets

November 29th, 2010
8:07 am

Boy I need to check my typing before I submit stuff!

ptjackets

November 29th, 2010
8:09 am

A record of 26-13 in three seasons under head coach Paul Johnson. I remember the day when if you asked any GT fan if they would love a 26-13 record in 3 years and they would have said Heck yea!

VarsityJacket

November 29th, 2010
8:10 am

ptjackets; # 1 in rushing, but losing to 5 unranked teams – LOL, you guys have no idea. You are OK with mediocrity. That is our biggest problem as a football program. We are excited with moral victories, like we played them close and we are # 1 in rushing. To hell with that.

DawginLex

November 29th, 2010
8:10 am

I tried to tell everyone we couldn’t stop Tech.

I tried to tell everyone we don’t have the personnel to run the 3-4 and we don’t have a nose guard on campus.

I predicted 43-41 Tech in triple OT and everyone laughed.

Plain and simple, we are horrid on defense. We were outcoached all night. The entire staff should be fired for falling for that trick at the end of the game.

Jesse Stone

November 29th, 2010
8:14 am

I think you make your own breaks. You have to give them credit, they made plays. I’m just more disappointed for the kids because they played so hard. I just wish I could have found a way to help them win the game.”

– Tech coach Paul Johnson
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Please re-post the above comment when some UGA fan talks about CPJ blaming the players and never himself after a loss.

South GA Dawg

November 29th, 2010
8:16 am

Was a good hard fought game on both sides. I feel for the kicker missing that field goal. Glad my Dawgs won. Keep your heads up and kick some butt in whatever bowl game you guys get.

Jesse Stone

November 29th, 2010
8:17 am

VJ- Tech has ONE bad year and you want to fire the coach? Ther’s nothing VARSITY about you. Anyone that has ever played VARSITY anything knows that you will have sub-par seasons now and again. I suppose Texas should fire Mack Brown.

Big Dawg Daddy

November 29th, 2010
8:18 am

Nice game Tech. That’s the most heart I’ve seen any team show in a long time.

c.q.

November 29th, 2010
8:22 am

Now THIS is entertaining. You’ve got Tech fans making excuses (surprise, surprise), Georgia fans making like national champs (and I’m a Georgia fan just for the record), FLORIDA fans seeking solace for their disappointment by ragging Georgia fans on a GEORGIA TECH blog, and then South Carolina fans like the little kid in the back of the class trying to get someone’s attention because they FINALLY had one good year to celebrate (with three losses btw)! KEEP ‘EM COMING! Ya’ll have made my day!!

ss

November 29th, 2010
8:23 am

varsity,

so an orange bowl berth, a confrence title, and 9 wins in the first year isnt good enough? Chan win the ACC at all?

We had one bad year and your GIVING UP.

The passing point is fine, but the rest of the crap your posting is just whinning….. A coach CANT BUILD A PROGRAM IN 3 YEARS.

This program is going to get better… Why? Thats the only way we can go now after a bad year.

This team sucks, and if they can actually play defense we might be better off next year.

ss

November 29th, 2010
8:24 am

c.q,

Your 100 percent right about that.

Bill Campbell

November 29th, 2010
8:27 am

Thanks for keep beating yourselves Tech! Nine out of 10!

Big Ol Stinger

November 29th, 2010
8:28 am

c.q.

If you read my comment – I said we got beat by a better team, no excuses.

Just curious, can you say that about your game this year with Florida, S.C., Arkansas, Miss State, Colorado, Auburn?????? Cmon man – just say it – “we got beat by a better team” Cmon – just once.

Ball or Blair for president

November 29th, 2010
8:38 am

I’d like to thank Ball and Blair for all their talents over the years. No one finds better ways to lost that tech… Go Dawgs!

Old dawg

November 29th, 2010
8:44 am

Hey Big Ol Stinger. When my Dawgs lost 5 times, we lost to better teams on that day, and that day is the only one that counts. There, you’ve heard a Dawg fan say it. Have a great day.

gt45

November 29th, 2010
8:46 am

Varsity is a holelicker.

Hunker Down

November 29th, 2010
8:46 am

The turn overs were the factor in the game. Tech has a very good coach in CPJ who took what he had and made the most of it. The last call on giving up the td was much like a general using every means he had to try and defeat his opponent. Good luck in your bowl game Jackets!

Road Scholar

November 29th, 2010
8:46 am

Defensive problems: I wrote last week three keys to how Ga would hit our defense: 1.Slant pattern- we still haven’t defensed one yet, 2. play the tight end- they threw numerous times to their TE…over the middle. See slant pattern. , 3. turnovers/penalties- we did well not having penalties, esp motion and personal fouls, but the turnovers…

If you noticed the film of the interception, there was an open Tech receiver even with the one thrown to at the sideline past the first down marker and ready to step out of bounds after advancing the ball. This was as bad as last years dropped pass!

The coach doesn’t run/hold onto the ball. The coach doesn’t decide who/when to throw to a particular receiver. The coach doesn’t broadcast who the ball is going to be thrown to.

Flowery Branch Yellow Jacket

November 29th, 2010
8:47 am

There are two significant storylines from this game. First, Georgia turned four Tech turnovers into 28 points. Second, Tech turned three UGA turnovers into ZERO points. I love our offense, and if you look at most of the game statistics, it appears that we should have won. However, the Georgia defense came up big once or twice, and we shot ourselves in the foot on at least four occasions.

I’m still excited about the future of Tech football, and hope we can keep CPJ on The Flats for many, many years to come.

Old dawg

November 29th, 2010
8:50 am

Oh, and kennyh, if it helps you justify your feeling of superority, keep believing the myth. It’s ok with us.

Tech Man

November 29th, 2010
8:58 am

We are only three years in and we have won 26 games. He will get it done and he will get it done with outstanding young men. Stay tuned.

Big Ol Stinger

November 29th, 2010
8:59 am

Halllleeeee effin luuuu yaaa!!!

Thanks Old dawg! My faith in humanity has been restored.

You have a great day too.

GO JACKETS

November 29th, 2010
9:07 am

Doug, any chance you can look into how many redshirt juniors set to graduate will be able to stay for their last year of eligibility? The GT grad admissions office will be the toughest opponent the GT football team has..

superDawg

November 29th, 2010
9:10 am

ignore the issue of fumbles and take aways there is a difference.UGA took the ball from your limp wristed runners and stuffed the ball in the endzone.

Goldilocks

November 29th, 2010
9:16 am

So Tech fans are GIDDY about losing to UGA ? Wow !

JamesDean

November 29th, 2010
9:16 am

DawginLex–
I remember you making that prediction. Can’t believe how close that came to being true!
It came down to making the least mistakes, and Tech made the last one on its last chance to score.
I’m proud of Tevin and the offense. The Dawgs executed just one play better, and won the game for it. Congratulations until next year…

CPJ wets the bed

November 29th, 2010
9:19 am

This we know: Georgia Tech folks obsess over Georgia.

gt45

November 29th, 2010
9:26 am

Cpj, you’re on a Tech website! Nuff said. Congrats, for the win, though. But deep down, you have to be concerned about your team.

Dan

November 29th, 2010
9:39 am

Damn Good Dawg

November 29th, 2010
9:39 am

I CANNOT BELIEVE I HEAR ALL THIS CRYING FROM GT. “WE BEAT OURSELVES”

C’MON, MAN!! UGA COULD SIMPLY SAY THE SAME THING IN ABOUT FOUR OF THEIR GAMES.

“WE DIDN’T HAVE NESBITT”

WHATEVER!!!!

UGA DID NOT HAVE AJ GREEN FOR FOUR GAMES!!!!!

ACCEPT THE LOSS!! IT’S NOTHING NEW TO YOU!!

GO DAWGS!