Quotes from Tech’s loss

SHREVEPORT, La. — Quotes from Georgia Tech’s 14-7 loss to Air Force in the Independence Bowl, courtesy of bowl organizers:

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson

“Air Force played a very good game. I said before the game started that the team that won the turnover battle is going to win the game and that is what happened. The way the game was going I knew both teams were not going to have the ball many times and I knew that.”

“We started the second half and we put together a great drive and then we fumbled the ball on the 3-yard line. It was kind of a microcosm of our season. Then we come in and have a defensive series and hold them, fumble again, go out and hold them. Then fumble again. It is hard to overcome all of those mistakes.”

“It is very disappointing. At the start of the third quarter I thought we had the game right where we wanted it. They got a touchdown and go up 14-7, but to their credit we didn’t get it in. We fumbled the ball.”

“We had to go to our back up returner, and he didn’t have it. He misjudged the first one and then he probably lost confidence after that. He has been the back-up returner all year and it is just one of those things. We had our chances, so don’t lay the loss on him.”

Defensive End Jason Peters

“Sometimes things don’t go your way and at this point we should know how to grow and mature as a team and learn how to handle those things better. The situations that don’t turn out in our favor we need to learn how to turn it in our favor and have a better outcome next time.

“That is one thing we expected to do and we expected from the young guys and you see how they work in practice. We push each other and we push ourselves and we know that we expect that from the rest of them.”

Running back Anthony Allen

On fumble before halftime

“We are kinda used to having long drives and taking some time off the clock and driving down and grinding it in. It is kinda heartbreaking and frustrating when you drive all the way into the red zone and have a fumble. The momentum kind of turned around from there when they went and scored.”

On if reality has set in that he has played his final college game

“Oh yeah most definitely. This was my last game. I wanted to go out with a win and get Georgia Tech its first bowl win in a few years but that is the way the season went, it was very frustrating. We had opportunities to make plays and win games and we did not do it.”

Air Force coach Troy Calhoun

On first half:

“We were fair on our execution in the first half, and when we’re fair we don’t move the ball nearly as proficiently. Our guys were excited, had a great week of practice, but we just weren’t quite as crisp as we have to be.”

“I thought the drive that we engineered prior to the half time was huge. It just gave us a real good boost coming in. To be able to move down the field . . . we took some shots and we able to make good throws, and in the end were able to convert the field goal. That was a key drive.”

On the upcoming off season:

“We’ll start from scratch. There’s a good bit of building that will have to occur, but we aren’t starting from the beginning. When you think of all the guys you have to replace . . . I mean we’ve got guys that have started nearly 40 games . . . and so we’ve got a lot of work ahead of us.”

On the passing game:

“Coming in we thought we were going to have to hit some play action passes. Coming into the game it was going to be the turnover margin that would be a key part of it and special teams, and, just, how efficiently you could throw would be a part of it too.”

“We’ve got a guy who’s a heck of a passer and we do a tremendous job with protection. We have some capable guys on the outside who are able to run routes too.”

On 4th down conversion attempts:

“Our guys are good enough to execute. That’s who you trust.”

On the field goal kicker getting “iced” at the end of the first half:

“These guys aren’t going to get too riled up. They love to play. You’re not going to be around guys who are any more passionate, any more disciplined, guys that have any more care or pride in them than these guys. Ask these guys what’s it’s like to go through a basic training at the Air Force Academy. . . There’s some poise these guys have—that’s why they’re going to be great leaders.”

Running back Jared Tew

“That first half our offense struggled a little bit, we only got six points on the board, and we came into the locker room at half time and, just, realized we have to put some plays together, we’ve got to execute better than we did in that first half, and basically, if we took care of our responsibilities and every person did their job we knew we could drive the ball, and that’s pretty much what we did.”

On his last TD:

“My number got called on the three yard line and coach SingIeton [] says you get the ball in the red zone you don’t get stopped. I got lucky enough to get my number called, and in my last name I was lucky enough to get a touchdown. It’s pretty cool to end like that.”

455 comments Add your comment

Jacketbleedyellow

December 27th, 2010
10:16 pm

Johnson is in trouble. he has not recruited well, and he is all of the sudden looking like a putz.

Hopeful

December 27th, 2010
10:17 pm

First!?? Nothing first about this year.

boots

December 27th, 2010
10:19 pm

CPJ is suppposed to be this offensive genius, but seriously? Tech has gone backwards in the past two years, and they are not going to be a threat for the next two years based on who they have returning. Now they are having off the field issues, and their program is falling off the map. Oh, and looking at the stadium on TV, it seemed there were MAYBE 1,000 people in the stands in the 4th quarter as the Jackets were driving. Wow. Where is the AJC pushing the panic button and writing about Johnson being on the hot seat???

Jacketbleedyellow

December 27th, 2010
10:20 pm

Hopeful, “First??” No, Hopeful, you are a loser. Go get a life, freaking nerd.

Disappointed

December 27th, 2010
10:23 pm

It will be a long time before I travel to see a Tech game. CPJ needs to show me he has the heart and desire to win. Just saying it don’t make it so Coach. And get a special teams coach while you’re at it.

JACKETfan12

December 27th, 2010
10:23 pm

I have been a CPJ supporter all season. I have continued to have optimism about the future hoping that Vad Lee may come to tech and turn into a Pat White style qb and also that Al Groh will put a mean streak in our defense. Honestly, it wouldnt surprise me if Vad Lee de-commited and we are stuck with Tevin for the next couple of years. CPJ’s ship is sinking fast. I hope the best and I hope that he proves everone wrong next season and turns it around. Doubt it, though. The lack of talent on this team is pitiful. Not one reciever who is talented. Not one qb who can make an accurate pass twice in a row. Not one defensive player who gives a rip. This season has been depressing to say the least.

Also, recruiting will drop even more after this game. The two clown announcers continued to bash GT and put them in the same basket as the 3 service academies. And they highlighted tech’s one dimensional offense all night and how tech players have a slim chance at the nfl. I hate those announcers. Any qb, wr, or even talented rb for that matter, that watched the game will look at it and avoid GT. Way to go, Johnson. You brought tech to the promised land and then not even a year later screwed the entire program over. The lack of talent and lack of discipline and motivation IS ALL HIS FAULT

TechNo1

December 27th, 2010
10:24 pm

All I hear is how Paul is the best in the business and no one can adjust to us. what – three friggin’ bowl losses in a row.

JacketsAndCPJAreAJoke

December 27th, 2010
10:24 pm

News Flash… the techies lost… correction, that’s not a news flash… its a pattern. So get used to it, it will be worse for the bee nerds next year running the triple FLOPtion.

Lennox

December 27th, 2010
10:26 pm

What does Georgia Tech & marijuana have in common? They both get smoked in bowls!

GTAtlanta

December 27th, 2010
10:26 pm

Wow…AFA had better athletes and we were out-coached. Disappointing end to a dismal season.

Only the lunatic fringe......

December 27th, 2010
10:26 pm

A frustrating season. If this happens for 4 or 5 years, we may need to rethink things. One down season, rife with more self-inflicted wounds than any other team in college football history.

A true Tech fan can see we’re right there……hold onto the football. WIn 10. Drop it 4 times a game, win 6. It’s that simple. Hold onto the football like it’s your life!

JACKETfan12

December 27th, 2010
10:28 pm

And it also irked me that the tech players’ attitudes and expressions during and after the game were non-chalant at best. none of the players care that they had the first losing season in over 10 years at tech, and none of them care that they lost to A SERVICE ACADEMY in SHREVEPORT, LA. as untalented as tech is, they had twice as much talent as air force. the difference is that air force’s players care and they are disciplined

gcs

December 27th, 2010
10:32 pm

Georgia Yech!

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JacketsAndCPJAreAJoke

December 27th, 2010
10:34 pm

Holding the football is not your only issue. YOU DONT HAVE TALENT!!! So get use to losing seasons… the triple FLOPtion is done. Even when you gain yards, you get beat on the scoreboard!!

Reality

December 27th, 2010
10:36 pm

Reality is that you can’t blame CPJ for this loss. Point out one coaching mistake he made, and I’ll show you two mistakes made on the field by guys straight up not executing. We beat ourselves 4 times this year, at least. That’s what makes this so frustrating, that we lose because the players aren’t hanging onto the ball, are getting nonsense penalties, and are dropping passes that they have no business dropping. None of that can be blamed on a coach, in my opinion. I’ll be upset if Johnson is fired.

realist

December 27th, 2010
10:39 pm

CPJ won’t be fired for a couple of years at least, but they will be bad again next year and the heat will start to rise. Maybe 2012 can be a decent year.

asa

December 27th, 2010
10:40 pm

get off his case will get rid of all of Gaileys recruits will get some great receivers and with this jr high school offfensive will go 5/7 each year bet he was back at navy where he never lost to air force

JacketsAndCPJAreAJoke

December 27th, 2010
10:40 pm

Hey Reality… it is coaching. CPJ did not have his team ready to play a service academy. I can say that because it is a pattern that tech has demonstrated over the last 5 games… that is a coaching problem and who is the coach, it PJ… You embarrassed the state of Georgia and the ACC. The triple FLOPtion is done.

SuperDawg

December 27th, 2010
10:42 pm

The good news is that CPJ clearly out coached another team.

Wes Durham's Gigantic Bottom

December 27th, 2010
10:42 pm

I am surprised that the great coaching genius could not scheme his way to a victory…he is the smartest coach in college football….just wait until he gets his players in his system……oh, nevermind….these are his guys.

Jimi Lincoln

December 27th, 2010
10:44 pm

We need a QB who does not throw like an 8th grader.

just a thought

December 27th, 2010
10:45 pm

how we beat Duke is beyond me, I do remember Mario Butler stepping in to intercept and score otherwise we would have lost that game too..

Reality, I am the biggest GT fan and support CPJ but I am sorry I am sick of moral victories.. one ok, 5 no it is not ok. I blame all the coaching. The team played like they did at Kansas and could have cared less. After Tevin dropped the ball, I would have tried David Sims who could not have done any worse. For that matter, Nesbitt with his one good arm would not have dropped the ball inside the 10. McKayhan’s first fumble shame on him but McKayhan’s 2nd fumble shame on the coaches. And while I am on this subject, if you had someone inthe athletic dept that kept an eye of matters such as Stephen Hill’ s status knowing he could be in trouble. Has anyone thought about getting him in summer school in which he takes only one course that quarter like the calculus or whatever it was that is his worse subject. It is just a p!ss poor excuses all around and once again I love GT football but this was too discouraging to say anymore

OutHighSchooled

December 27th, 2010
10:45 pm

All Tech needs is a 1st round WR a top round RB and a 4 star QB plus alot of defensive guys that were brought in by a previous DC who had a knack for finding talent. Oh wait you mean the QB never would have gone there to play in that offense and the WR never would have gone there to play in that offense or the RB never wouldve gone there and the D cord that recruited that talent is gone? Oh crap

asa

December 27th, 2010
10:46 pm

where are you nerds bashing how bad georgia is maybe so but you are worse

OutHighSchooled

December 27th, 2010
10:47 pm

Bottom line is PJ had the perfect storm last year of schedule, left over talent, freakish WR who he would never get to sign in that offense, and some luck. He may get a good back or 2 to play in that offense but I doubt that since NFL teams want guys who can pass block. He will never get a WR like that and Nesbitt came to play in a pro style offense when other schools only wanted him as a saftey.

Hey Nerds, College Football Is Not a Video Game

December 27th, 2010
10:49 pm

When Tech beat UGA in 2008 (its only victory in the decade of course) which was Johnson’s first year coaching you nerds thought “there was a new sheriff in town” and that he would reverse the series like Johnson did at Navy with Army. That obviously has not happened and the program is in shambles….you have no playmakers returning on offense and you are laying your hopes on Vad Lee….now that all of Gailey’s players are gone there is no talent on offense and you cannot find a QB to complete 50% of his passess. At least you have basketball……oops.

SuperDawg

December 27th, 2010
10:51 pm

Players not executing is a result of bad coaching.

WrecksNEffect aka Ol' Wrecks

December 27th, 2010
10:52 pm

The Kool-Aid Drinkers definition of what an Offensive Genius is:

CPJ and his TWO (2) Offensive TDs in THREE BOWL GAMES!

We lose Allen, Bedford and Nesbitt from the Offensive side and we lose at 5-7 Srs. off of the 2-deep on defense, things will only get worse next season.

Oh, and don’t forget Kool-Aid drinkers our SEVEN LOSSES came against the #70th toughest schedule in all of CFB according to the Sagarin computer ratings.

For all you CPJ toadies, you asked for him, now you’ve got him and at $2.3 Mil per yr. plus Hewitt’s albatross of a Contract, GT won’t be able to do anything to CPJ no matter how BAD CPJ runs our FB Program into the ground.

JacketsAndCPJAreAJoke

December 27th, 2010
10:52 pm

Hey bee nerd fans, the objective of the game is to score more points than the other team. The triple FLOPtion is done. CPJ is once again out coached, he is being out recruited, and you have NO TALENT. Heck, your mascot didn’t even get any TV time.

just a thought

December 27th, 2010
10:53 pm

jacketfan12, you are correct, if Vad Lee still comes I would be shocked. Cannot see that happening when he said he wanted to play for a winner. Giff Smith was by far the best recruiter we had in a decade..GT needs to pay him whatever to get him back from Buffalo and I ean NOW

GT71

December 27th, 2010
10:55 pm

Said it before, sayin it again now – COACHING!
And that offense that isn’t.
There’s a reason only 4 teams run that thing and 3 of them are ’service’ academies.
UNtil there’s some semblance of a three-dimensional offense and a focus on fundamental football, Tech’s going nowhere – and should be placed in ‘playoff’ football.
Elon seems more Tech’s style.
Hate to bash my alma-mater, but with football dying and basketball dead, it may be time for a house-cleaning – starting with the AD and working down.

asa

December 27th, 2010
10:56 pm

ive noticed no nerds on here they all are on georgia web bashing the dawgs nerds will be nerds at least tech grads are welcome in the service now bet those air force guys will be glad to share showers with them

vpi83

December 27th, 2010
10:56 pm

Va Tech alum here. Very disapppointing loss by Ga Tech. I was hoping that the ACC would get a great start in the bowl season with a win by Ga Tech. Well so much for that. However, Ga Tech supporters don’t lose hope in CPJ just yet. I can remember when Va Tech came close to letting Frank Beamer go after his intial years of mediocre football. It’s only one season for now. However, in this era of “what have you done for me lately” coaches have a lot smaller time window to demonstrate program success than in the past.

New Sheriff In Town

December 27th, 2010
10:56 pm

0-3 in bowl games

1-2 vs. UGA (the two losses coming against UGA teams with a combined 14-11 record)

First Tech losing season in 15 years

OutHighSchooled

December 27th, 2010
10:56 pm

You always have Paul Johnsons charisma to fall back on. At least your D played well but maybe that was because it was also facing a high school offense it was familiar with.

could be worse

December 27th, 2010
10:57 pm

to all ugag fans, just because you beat GT doesn’t mean a blanking thing apparently, who didn’t beat Tech…you might want to see if you can beat Central Fl first before you beat your chest, your season is a disaster, like Spurrier points out, “they sign all these 5 stars, I don’t know what happens to them”

dawgfan

December 27th, 2010
11:00 pm

2010 Karma Bowl: Air Force 14 Joke By Coke 7

Hey Techies, what’s worse than playing in Shreveport? LOSING in Shreveport.

SIXTH bowl loss in a row and counting. Georgia Tech=JOKE.

JacketsAndCPJAreAJoke

December 27th, 2010
11:02 pm

GT + CPJ + $2.3 Mil per yr. + Triple FLOPtion = Losing seasons for a long time. But tech fans are use to that formula… Hey they have a similar losing formula in basketball!!

Wes Durham's Gigantic Bottom

December 27th, 2010
11:03 pm

It could be worse…..what’s worse than playing in the Weedeater Bowl? Losing the Weedeater Bowl to a service academy….we got our cheap, glass trophy last year by pounding Texas A&M….even if we lose to UCF w still beat GT……9 out of 10 years….CPJ is 1-2 against CMR….Double Chin is CMR’s b*&ch!!!!

asa

December 27th, 2010
11:04 pm

could be worse is a real nerd with anger problems get a life nerd are a boy friend

Bamajacket

December 27th, 2010
11:04 pm

The fact is, we are in trouble. Serious trouble. Talent is one thing, but what we have seen this year, consistantly, reflects a lack of coaching. Nobody gets snakebit that much. It is poor coaching. This team has poor techniques, bad tackling, bad blocking, and a “scheme” that includes no provision for making a comeback. We can’t throw, and nobody can catch. This has been going on all year. He has nobody on this team who can field a punt? Or catch a pass hitting them in the hands? Come on. The defense played much better, give them credit. If Washington is the best we have at QB, we are in bad trouble. Do we even HAVE a special teams coach? I think not, but if we do, he should surely be fired. We can’t catch a punt, Or cover a fake punt? Somebody needs to tell CPJ to listen to himself. Don’t tell us, big shot, show us. This year was an embarrassment of immense proportions. Nobody seemed to care enough to play better. That’s bad coaching.

gt87

December 27th, 2010
11:08 pm

Hey CPJ,

Who is responsible for not recruiting adequate linemen for 2 years? (Both sides)

Since you run an option that depends on a strong line?

If you lose a game by three points or less does a field goal matter? After bragging on your kicker?

Just asking – as no “reporter” has asked.

GT grads are not stupid. Answer some questions or stick your head in the sand like CPH.

Enjoy the consequenses and good luck recuiting after this mess. (you just lost to an academy that cannot recruit, should have been a fair match.)

Awful Just Awful

December 27th, 2010
11:11 pm

I couldn’t help but think that I would be really pissed if I had spent money to travel to see this game that featured two offenses that are just painful to watch. I admit to not being a GT fan, but I am a big college football fan and I can’t watch a GT game. It’s just too awful to watch. I’m not sure what Johnson’s plans are for the future of this team, but, if I were a GT fan, I would hope that it involves more than trying to shove this triple option crap down everyone’s throats.

Go Gold

December 27th, 2010
11:11 pm

Bottom line is Johnson and DRad are accountable. Poor recruiting, most would not start at other D1 schools. Poor offense, Poor defense. He’s 0-3 in bowl games and 1-2 against 3 very bad Georgia teams. He’s taken the program backwards after an ACC Championship. No excuses about NFL, academics, etc. High school offense with no passing game won’t work. This is unacceptable. Put those gold colored glasses away.

D A Double U G

December 27th, 2010
11:12 pm

Alright Techies,

You lost in Shreveport.

This means you officially entered my “you are not worth talking about, even if it’s to make fun of you” category.

Best of luck recruiting. You’re going to need it.

OutHighSchooled

December 27th, 2010
11:13 pm

Johnson cant just recruit on good looks alone. He needs to really roll up his sleeves this year. Congrats GT you are now teh newest service academy. That will get you some sneaky wins but you will never win anything real big. And the ACC with FSU and Miami in the tank is not considered real big.

charleston jacket

December 27th, 2010
11:14 pm

The only thing more pathetic and miserable than our team this year is a sorry mutt supporter. I have long supported CPJ but I am not so sure now. No heart in this team. Don’t understand a QB who fumbles on the 3 and is grinning on the side line. Did not see much desire from the coaching staff either. Two dropped punts? Fumbles, can’t throw the ball ten yards but we continue trying the fifty yarders. Stupid play calling – which is coaching. I will stay with CPJ one more year but if this team doesn’t show some GT heart and effort on the field

THWG

heeldawg

December 27th, 2010
11:20 pm

I feel for ya, Tech fans–another self-destruction which can be pinned almost solely on being outcoached. The Jackets had the talent edge in this game and lost because of key errors (turnovers, muffed punt, etc). Odd that both major-college Georgia teams are such mirror images of underachievement and are fundamentally unsound at many areas. Only difference: Georgia’s got better talent. The Jackets lose a lot off of this team–I suspect that next year will be more of the same, and another losing record seems quite possible. Georgia doesn’t lose as many numbers-wise, but AJ’s imminent departure takes the team’s biggest playmaker to the next level. How the defense plays next season will go a long way towards determining whether Georgia can shake off its funk.

Watching the Atlanta game tomight, it’s clear that Brian van Gorder was a big part of Richt’s early success in Athens. We sure miss him!

JacketsAndCPJAreAJoke

December 27th, 2010
11:21 pm

Hey bee nerds, glad to see you agree with the rest of us that you are “pathetic and miserable”. But you can’t win with CPJ and your NO TALENT high school scout team.

Brown Frown

December 27th, 2010
11:23 pm

I think it’s GREAT that the only thing Tech fans can feel good about, is that the team they hate the most, and who beat them, is having a mediocre season.

Kind of sad if you ask me.