Tech offense riding high

Greetings-

A pretty big weekend, it turned out. Georgia Tech blasts Kansas, the ACC adds Pittsburgh and Syracuse and the Yellow Jackets jump in the poll for the first time in a year. Two points and we’ll start the week. Plenty to do.

1. I can’t say I’ve witnessed too many Tech games with Paul Johnson at the helm – I’d put the count at 18 or 19, if you include television – but that was as impressive a performance as I’ve seen. After the game, Johnson mentioned a couple mistakes made by the offense – a missed block, David Sims‘ fumble – but it sounded like he was pointing them out because he had to point out something.

That said, I am quite confident Johnson and the offensive staff have found mistakes after reviewing game video and will only be too happy to point them out before practice, perhaps to the point players will be wondering how they ever scored 66 points.

I imagine, too, coaches will be on guard for any hint of let-up or satisfaction among players.

That said, back to my point, an incredible display of offensive football. You could make the point that, well, it was Kansas, and its defense is nothing to brag about. The Jayhawks gave up 42 points a week ago at home to Northern Illinois and then lost arguably their best defensive tackle.

There’s some validity to that, but by my count, there were 49 games involving FBS schools this weekend. Only team outscored Tech, and that was South Florida, which did it against FCS Florida A&M. Further, of the 13 highest totals for total offense this season by an FCS school (there is a better way to phrase that, I am sure), 12 of them were against either non-BCS conference or FCS schools.

Only Tech’s 768 yards came against an automatic-qualifier school, and it’s the season high. If you’re wondering, No. 14 was the 624 yards Clemson hung up on Auburn on Saturday. The Tigers (the creamsicle orange kind) ran 92 plays. Goodness. Here’s another statistic to share and amaze friends. Of the 65 times that teams have gained 500 yards of total offense in a single game this season, Tech ran the fewest plays, 57.

One story I’d recommend you look at is the Lawrence Journal-World’s game story. Kansas players were practically in awe of what Tech’s offense did.

Safety Bradley McDougald: “Once they noticed some of the corrections that we made, they just dialed up another play that would go long. They did a great job of playing chess out there.”

2. Conference realignment is an eat-or-be-eaten scenario, and the ACC ate. Jeff Schultz had an excellent column about it Sunday. Pitt and Syracuse have a lot of similarities with a lot of its new conference partners. But they also had plenty of similarities with the member schools they just left behind in the Big East. It was interesting, listening to the teleconference with ACC commissioner John Swofford and Syracuse and Pitt’s chancellors and athletic directors, how often they used words like stability and viability.

It’s hard to blame Syracuse and Pitt for fleeing what looks like a sinking ship for a conference that will likely provide them with more TV money (which was the driving force) and a conference that now looks secure for the foreseeable future.

The addition “does allow us to re-open our negotiations with ESPN and we’re confident that will have a positive impact,” Swofford said. He later said he was confident that the new deal “will be not only whole, but beyond whole financially, in terms of television.”

This is a game of musical chairs, and everyone not in the Pac-12, Big Ten, SEC (and, evidently, the ACC) is looking for a seat. Swofford offered two, and Pitt and Syracuse gladly accepted. I don’t think the schools’ declarations about the great fit and the commonalities aren’t untrue; they’re just window dressing.

3. This isn’t entirely relevant, but I figured you’d find this amusing. To me, probably the most laughable thing from Sunday’s teleconference was a response by Syracuse chancellor Nancy Cantor to a question asking what it was about the Big East’s situation made the school look at leaving. She responded that “we have increasingly strong women’s sports. The ACC is a wonderful match for that.”

So, basically, when the carousel stops spinning and we have the four 16-team superconferences, an FBS playoff, players getting paid and a new intercollegiate governing body, we’re going to be able to place the blame — or credit, if you’re so inclined – on the demands of the Syracuse softball and field hockey coaches to get out of the Big East. Seems plausible to me.

4. I think Orwin Smith has a shot at ACC back of the week.

I might have something up again this afternoon, but I’ll for sure post something after practice, probably around 8 or 9 p.m.

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By Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech beat

177 comments Add your comment

Rduck

September 19th, 2011
10:12 am

Great game by the Jackets. Offense was totally clicking and the defense turned up the heat in the 2nd half after adjustments were made. Special teams looked better also. Awesome redemption for the game last year…

smitty

September 19th, 2011
10:14 am

just give the damn ball to orwin…..have a nice day

Aardvark Base

September 19th, 2011
10:15 am

GT Fan

September 19th, 2011
10:17 am

GT Fan
September 16th, 2011
4:24 pm
If KU’s DL is as thin as reported, and now down TWO starters (one being Nose Guard), Turner Gill just might be saying the Jackets’ rushing attack was the “Bee’s Knees” in GT’s 500+ yd rushing performance!

GT Fan

September 19th, 2011
10:18 am

honk-honk …… yeah, I’m tooting my own horn

Aardvark Base

September 19th, 2011
10:18 am

The offense is looking incredible, looking forward to how we perform against UNC this weekend. As for the whiny (Schultz) comments on “hypocrisy” regarding bringing in Syracuse & Pitt, give me a break. They were smart enough to recognize that the Big Least is going to get picked apart, and the ACC is smart enough to be proactive. The NCAA will no longer be a part of college football soon, and the ACC is putting itself in a strong position to stay in the game with the big boys.

Jim 70

September 19th, 2011
10:18 am

If you pay football players, does title IX come into effect? That is, do you then have to pay all teams or an equal dollar to females?

Norht Ave Killer Beez

September 19th, 2011
10:29 am

smitty has a good point!

RambleOn84

September 19th, 2011
10:30 am

Not if you break away from the NCAA, Jim.

Turnt_up!

September 19th, 2011
10:34 am

Ken, you should probably just simply point out that GT is #1 in scoring, and #1 in rushing in the country!

macrotech

September 19th, 2011
10:41 am

It’s funny to read the comments on the article out of Kansas…they bicker like the pup fans do on their blogs! Wow! IF we hang these kind of numbers on UNC…I’d be blown away by the possibilities for this season!!! GO TECH!!!

techfan

September 19th, 2011
10:42 am

Not if you break away from the NCAA, Jim.

Yeah you would. Title IX isn’t an NCAA requirement, it’s a federal requirement.

brad

September 19th, 2011
10:46 am

tar and feathers party

September 19th, 2011
10:48 am

Title IX requires equal opportunity to participate in sports for both male and female students. It says nothing about money, so one could in theory pay male football and basketball players without being obligated to also pay female softball and basketball players. I would base the payments on paid attendance at the individual sports games, a given percentage of the gate that could be used to pay the players on that particular team. Since almost no one pays to attend female sport, they would have a big fat zero in their compensation equation.

High school

September 19th, 2011
10:52 am

Maybe tech can crack the top 10 rankings for 5A this week. Great win

ed

September 19th, 2011
10:54 am

Looks like Chan gailey can coach after all.

Ramblin Man

September 19th, 2011
10:55 am

Thanks Ken, keep up the good work.
Any word on the prospects that were at the game. I observed Kenny Orjioke there and was just wondering who else was there.

GT BABY

September 19th, 2011
10:58 am

YEEEAAAHHHHH BUDDDDDYYYYY

Nashville Jacket

September 19th, 2011
11:00 am

GT now leads the country by a wide margin in at least 6 major categories: Total Yards (2026), Yds per game (675), Total Rushing Yds (1283), Rushing Yds per game (428), Total Pts (178), and Pts per game (59). Impressive, regardless of the strength of schedule. Keep rolling Jackets!

Ol'JacketFan

September 19th, 2011
11:06 am

I took the time to watch the replay of the game and I’m hard pressed to find too much about the offense play that could be criticized. O line play was solid, backs ran hard and delivered their blocks as assigned, wide recievers were holding their blocks downfield and the quaterback play was very, very good. Tevin is making the correct reads and putting this team in position time and time again to break a big play. Consistency at a high level by this offense has to be very troubling to coordinators trying to scheme defenses to stop it. I’ve no doubt that CPJ and his staff will keep this team grounded and pushing to execute better and better each game. The difference between this team and last year is evident in the hustle and effort we’ve seen though the first 3 games. If this level of effort is maintained I see a very special year ahead.

Go Jackets!

LSU

September 19th, 2011
11:07 am

Call me when they play a team worth a you know what! Their schedule is an absolute joke!

William Satterwhite

September 19th, 2011
11:09 am

People are dismissing it but the point about women’s sports and non-revenue sports is actually pretty important. When the Big East is talking about picking up Big 12 leftovers like the Kansas schools, Iowa St and Baylor, it is definitely a pretty big deal when your lacrosse or field hockey teams have to travel to those locations. While everyone knows that football drives the bus here, the impact on the non-revenue sports can’t be understated and Syracuse and Pitt did what they had to do to ensure that all their travel is on the Eastern seaboard with no trips to Ames, Iowa or Manhattan, Kansas.

Flowery Branch Yellow Jacket

September 19th, 2011
11:13 am

Perhaps the most impressive thing about the team’s statistics is not only that they lead so many offensive categories as a team, but that they don’t have a single individual who leads ANY category. If I’m not mistaken, for example, all four 3rd quarter touchdowns this past Saturday were scored by different people. Furthermore, Tony Zenon (who scored on the opening play against MTSU) and Stephen Hill barely touched the ball against Kansas. We have so many weapons now that it’s got to be impossible for the opposing defense to “key” on any particular one. I hope we can keep this up for at least another three and a half months!

techfan

September 19th, 2011
11:15 am

tar and feathers party, title IX deals with more then just equal opportunity for participation. That is just one of the “prongs” in the three prong test to meet title IX requirements. The other two prongs deal with financial assistance, and treatment of athletes. Even you you somehow managed to meet the requirements of financial assistance, it would be really hard to pass the treatment of athletes prong when you are paying male athletes but not female athletes. There may be a legal way around all of this but who is really going to try?

carolinajacket

September 19th, 2011
11:21 am

Great win. But now we’ve got to be careful with UNC coming in. They are loaded with great players. Also, I am hoping to see some good recruits after some of them have seen this offense.

GIVE ME A BREAK

September 19th, 2011
11:22 am

The challenge now is who can stop this offense if Tech doesn’t turn the ball over. It may not happen this year. ” ROCK & ROLL YELLOW JACKETS “

Applejacket

September 19th, 2011
11:24 am

I would think GT would be in line for someone from the OL for ACC weekly honors after our barrage against Kansas. Maybe the entire OL should be sited. Heck, why not include the ends and A-backs too.

The Bamboo Shaft

September 19th, 2011
11:25 am

Following up on the limited number of plays issue, Tech also set an NCAA record with its 12.1 yds/carry rushing.

Flowery Branch Yellow Jacket

September 19th, 2011
11:26 am

I posted this earlier, but for some reason it didn’t come through … if it shows up twice, ignore one.

The thing that’s most amazing about Tech’s offensive performance is not just that the team leads the nation in so many offensive statistics. Rather, it’s that we don’t have any INDIVIDUALS who are even CLOSE to the lead in any category. We have so many weapons available, and they are all firing with precision and effectiveness. It makes it impossible for a defensive coordinator to “key” on any particular person. I just hope we can keep this up for another three and a half months!

RT in NC

September 19th, 2011
11:29 am

“I imagine, too, coaches will be on guard for any hint of let-up or satisfaction among players”

Last year was extremely disappointing. It seemed the play was really flat and the team greatly underperformed. I don’t think the talent has increased significantly. Reading between the lines in some previous articles it seems there was a leadership problem last year.
Was last years let down due to player leadership issues? If so what is CPJ doing about it? Does he think the problem is solved?

BTW Saturday was awesome. I hope the improvement continues. The Coastal is ripe for the picking this year.

Buzzed

September 19th, 2011
11:32 am

Flowery: How ’bout we ignore both of them?

GIVE ME A BREAK

September 19th, 2011
11:34 am

Tech only has 3 seniors leaving. What’s sweet about the NCAA per yard rushing record is that it was held be Bear Bryant’s Alabama team.

TechFanForever

September 19th, 2011
11:35 am

Paul Johnson is a Genius. Somebody needs to point out to the young man from South Gwinnett, Francis Kellon, that all GA Tech needs for the next few years is move the defense in the same direction as the offense. But, I understand he is a smart young man and he can see that picture real well. Hope he picks up the phone to call some of his new friends to encourage them to join the party. The CPJ- Al Groh’s recruiting pitch is getting better and better.

truth

September 19th, 2011
11:37 am

When you play a ranked team then blow your horn you would be screaming if you had to play big league teams.

Ken Sugiura

September 19th, 2011
11:39 am

Well done, GT Fan.
Jim 70 – I would think Title IX issues would come into play if football players were paid. There might be some sort of loophole, but certainly on the surface it would seem like an equal-treatment issue.
Ramblin Man – i don’t know, I confess. I meant to look into it, but didn’t.
William – I don’t dispute that travel concerns are part of it, but that was the first thing she said in response to the question. it seemed a little disingenuous.

GIVE ME A BREAK

September 19th, 2011
11:42 am

The only thing I see hurting recruiting is Tech is loaded at backs and quarterbacks with everyone coming back except Peeples and WR Melton. Lee and Snoddy so far are redshirts. Keep bringing them in. ” GO JACKETS “

When you say Budw...

September 19th, 2011
11:44 am

Great win – did it look as if KU stepped aside and let us run by them? (except for the bruising Sims put on their LB! Haha). I hope we make UNC look as foolish. Too many weapons in too many positions – great hands by the backs to catch pitches and passes with the skills of Calvin Johnson.

MASH ON THE GAS!!
THWG!!

PittJacket

September 19th, 2011
11:44 am

Cautiously optimistic about the Jackets, but a good win nonetheless! Whether the offense can be half as productive against a defense with good speed with be the true test.

Can’t wait to see them play at Heinz Field.

Ken . . . at least one of your comments makes me laugh every day.

Technically Correct

September 19th, 2011
11:44 am

Forget the offense. Tech’s offense will score points. To keep winning, the defense needs to dial up some pressure on the quarterback or we’ll be lit up by the pass from this point forward

Born2Buzz

September 19th, 2011
11:46 am

Someone (actually a buddy of mine that is an UGA fan) gave me a statistic that GT had 9 plays of 50+ yards (so far) and you can add up the plays of 50+ from teams in any other conference and not get to 9.
Wow.

I thought we would win handily but I didn’t expect that type of complete domination. As we’ve all said, the competition goes up a notch each week. It will be interesting to see what we do next Sat.

And the D started to come around in the 3rd quarter. It’s amazing what pressure on the QB will do.

truth

September 19th, 2011
11:47 am

gt bottom feaders when the sharks come in to feed you will run and hide like the nerds that you are.

Tom

September 19th, 2011
11:47 am

This coming Saturday will be a true challenge. UNC will be the best starting front 7 the Tech O will face all season.

Ken Sugiura

September 19th, 2011
11:51 am

Thanks, PittJacket. You must have been the happiest person in Tech nation Sunday.

Tom

September 19th, 2011
11:51 am

Saturday will be a challenge. UNC will be the best starting front 7 the Tech O faces all season.

PerimeterCenterJacket

September 19th, 2011
11:51 am

UNC will show our O-line some bigtime competition. They’ll bring NFL-bound wardogs in the trenches for us to learn to cut down and gap-pinch against, etc. The big question is will we win by a FG after our O-line gets handled all day and our Defense is shredded by Renner’s accurate arm – OR – will our offensive scheme hold up well enough that we can win by 20 or more? Our coaching will do all it can, but this one’s going to be about execution of the players. The good news is execution has been tightening the last three games.

I’ll be there ready to see a win whether it’s an ugly one or another beauty like this last one! Go Jackets!

DawginLex

September 19th, 2011
11:52 am

You boys are living the dream aren’t you?

nine million yards and points

Ranked

Monken has GA Southern ranked #1

does UNC scare you?

I say they can’t score enough.

38-30 Tech

juvenal

September 19th, 2011
11:54 am

truth is Navy’s high school O almost knocking off usc-e……

dis n dat

September 19th, 2011
11:55 am

wonder how josh nesbitt would do in this o? look no further than comparing the effectiveness between tw and sd. tw is what we look like with a qb that makes great reads and can pass the ball… a true pg at qb. sd is what we looked like with jn at qb. mostly good reads. both jn and sd have a tendency to try an take over a game when distribution of the ball would work better. a poor passer. my choice is tw over jn. i am happy as hell for tw btw. as an added bonus i think that tw will not injured anywhere near as much as jn was which is huge.

imo turnovers will be the key next week with nc. we should still score 40 plus points. we will still roll up 400-500 yards but we need to be mistake free. unlike the 1st 3 games we will have more sustained drives as opposed to quick strikes. this will have an effect on the defensive side of the ball. our d will see less snaps giving the defensive coaching staff more time to make on the fly adjustments to what nc is doing. i also think that cag will add more d tweaks. hopefully this will end up with our d improving yet again this week.

i think that cpj and cag are still vanilla in their packages and play calling to date and the ramp up of the schedule allows them to a bit more with each aggressive as the weeks go by.

this season could be special.

truth you show your allegiance...

September 19th, 2011
11:56 am

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When you say Budw...

September 19th, 2011
11:57 am

I guess CPJ has a solution to a sucky kicking game – score TD’s every possession! Ha.. 1 punt / 1 FG / 9 PATs. LOL Looks like we will have to rely on walk-on’s for years to come.