Georgia Tech-N.C. State live blog

Greetings-

Hope you all are well. I’m about to head to Carter-Finley Stadium and wanted to give you a post to start commenting if you want.

Anyway, just have a few notes to share. This will serve as the live blog link.

1. Georgia Tech has given up 11 touchdowns in 13 red-zone possessions by the opponent. For a team with aspirations as high as the Jackets do, that’s not going to cut it. I don’t know the best way to put this in context, but here’s an attempt. One, Tech’s percentage at allowing touchdowns (84.6 percent) is higher than six other ACC’s school’s rate at allowing touchdowns or field goals. Second, Tech’s touchdown-field goal ratio in red zone defense is 11-1. Most teams’ ratios are around 1-1. Only Duke (10 touchdowns, two field goals) is in Tech’s neighborhood. (I think a more telling red-zone efficiency number would be points per red-zone possession, not scores per possession.)

2. Tech has had some issues defending tight ends in the passing game, which could be a particular problem Saturday. N.C. State tight end George Bryan is the leading tight end pass catcher in school history and is a two-time All-ACC for the past two seasons. Tight ends have caught 11 passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns against Tech thus far. Bryan caught one pass for 22 yards against the Jackets last year.

3. Can Tech do it again and produce its eighth one-play touchdown drive? The Jackets have seven so far and at least one in each game. The longest touchdown N.C. State has given up this year is a 40-yard run to Wake Forest.

4. The Wolfpack’s T.J. Graham could be the best kickoff returner Tech will face all year.

The Jackets need to be mindful of him on offense, as well. He has an active streak of three consecutive 100-yard games. If the Jackets can’t create consistent pressure on quarterback Mike Glennon, that could be dangerous.

5. Nightmare scenario for N.C. State fans: Go to Carter-Finley Stadium, watch the Wolfpack lose badly to Tech, go home, watch Russell Wilson shred Nebraska for Wisconsin.

6. The Tech offense has to be aware of N.C. State linebacker Audie Cole, who is leading the Wolfpack for the third season.

“He’s real good,” Roddy Jones said. “It seems like once you get into league play, every week you go in and there’s a guy who just stands out on film and he’s that guy for them.”

Cole has 37 tackles and leads the ACC with 7.5 tackles for loss.

7. N.C. State offensive coordinator Dana Bible on Jeremiah Attaochu: “He’s not hard to find. He’s a playmaker and he’s explosive. That’s not only as somebody that’s trying to create havoc getting after the quarterback, he also does an outstanding job in space in coverage. There’s no question he’s a talent.”

8. One thing that Bible mentioned that isn’t exactly revelatory, but worth noting. They’re not going to give up on the run even though they average 2.8 yards per carry and are second to last in the ACC with 85.0 yards per game. Interestingly, Florida State is last at 79.5.

9. Tech’s rate thus far at stopping opponent’s third downs is 46.4, third highest in the ACC. I crunched the numbers, and this is going to surprise you – Tech is much better at getting teams off the field in third-and-long situations than third and short. On 3rd and 5 and longer, the Jackets are 16 for 41 (39.0 percent), which, really, is still pretty high. In fact, it’s still higher than seven teams’ overall defensive third-down percentage. That rates an aiyee.

10. Athletic director Dan Radakovich was on my flight this morning to RDU. Or, perhaps, I was on his flight. He sent me a Twix bar from first class. A few other Tech fans on board, too.

11. It’ll keep an eye on how many carries David Sims gets, as I’d touched on earlier this week. With N.C. State so thin, it would certainly appear the Wolfpack are vulnerable in the middle. Last year, Tech went to Anthony Allen 14 times, but he only gained 35 yards. Joshua Nesbitt led with 19 carries for 95 yards.

12. A pretty good quote earlier this week from Tyler Melton: “We haven’t done anything yet. The only thing we’ve managed to do is not lose.”

13. ACC teams are 5-1 so far in league games. … As I mentioned in the preview box, the last time Tech was 5-0 was 1990, when the Jackets won a share of the national championship. The last time before that was 1966, Bobby Dodd’s final year as coach. … My impending visit to N.C. State will complete my circuit of visits to the ACC’s four North Carolina schools. I visited the other three when I was in high school.

Some links

Game advance, centering on the Wolfpack’s injury woes, from the Raleigh News & Observer.

Game advance by Stan Awtrey for the Macon Telegraph.

On rivals.com, N.C. State defensive coordinator Mike Archer breaks down Tech’s offense.

Game advance from Winston-Salem Journal.

I’ll try to update when I get to the stadium.

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By Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech beat

743 comments Add your comment

5150 UOAD

October 1st, 2011
1:57 pm

Air Force beating navy

5150 UOAD

October 1st, 2011
1:58 pm

Texas A&M looking like they can cause some pain in the SEC next year.

Engy

October 1st, 2011
1:58 pm

Go Jackets! Beat the Wolfpack!

5150 UOAD

October 1st, 2011
1:59 pm

Poor Boston College is just real bad. They are going to get a Surprise win against a team looking past them.

5150 UOAD

October 1st, 2011
2:01 pm

If he can returns kicks that well then just kick it out of bounds. LOL

5150 UOAD

October 1st, 2011
2:04 pm

Come on JACKETS and make Ralph Friedgen Proud to fly his Tech Flag.

5150 UOAD

October 1st, 2011
2:06 pm

Mark Bradley is a P.O.C as a writer and employee.

5150 UOAD

October 1st, 2011
2:11 pm

Illini getting killed, Arkansas losing. This should be the First week of the POLLS.

19

October 1st, 2011
2:15 pm

Great information Ken, a good reminder to never look past any opponent. GT also needs to improve on defense. Looking forward to the game. Thanks for your work Ken, enjoy the game. Go Tech!

Dirk Digler

October 1st, 2011
2:17 pm

Ken, your comment makes no sense “…this is going to surprise you – Tech is much better at getting teams off the field in third-and-long situations than third and short.” Why wouldn’t it be easire to get teams off the field on third and long than third and short?

doc

October 1st, 2011
2:20 pm

loved item 10.

go jackets!

now, dont bother to come back without a win as you pointed out how many true deficiencies this team has.

5150 UOAD

October 1st, 2011
2:23 pm

Steaks and taters almost done, green beans with mushrooms and onions already finished. Almost time to get Fat and ready for the GAME.

5150 UOAD

October 1st, 2011
2:25 pm

looks like Murray and the dawgs are doing their usual bad 3rd & 4th quarter.

5150 UOAD

October 1st, 2011
2:28 pm

There only maybe 3 good SEC teams. LSU, Bama, and either Florida or So. Carolina.

19

October 1st, 2011
2:29 pm

Air Force at Navy is getting interesting. Almost…
You can see how Air Force stops the TO…
Go Tech!

5150 UOAD

October 1st, 2011
2:31 pm

19 Air Force and Navy both play teams that run the TO more than most schools.

Ol'JacketFan

October 1st, 2011
2:32 pm

Jackets take care of the ball, get pressure on Glennon and bring home a win!

GO JACKETS!

5150 UOAD

October 1st, 2011
2:37 pm

Looking like a number of the Usual Suspects will be blogging for the game. Nice to have you gentlemen.

calvin

October 1st, 2011
2:40 pm

Re opposing teams’ red zone scoring, does anyone feel like Al Groh’s
defense coaching has done anything for Tech so far?

19

October 1st, 2011
2:40 pm

@5150, that’s my point…Enjoy the game! Go Tech!

19

October 1st, 2011
2:42 pm

@calvin, let’s hope we see a few adjustments and improvements on defense and special teams.
Go Tech!

Dirk Digler

October 1st, 2011
2:42 pm

Calvin, I am really excited about this defense. They have given up some big plays from time to time, but they seem to have a much better sense of what they are doing than with Womak and Groh typcially make excellent adjustments, 3rd quarter of next week being the exception. I expect a big day for the D today.

Dirk Digler

October 1st, 2011
2:44 pm

Come on Navy!!

5150 UOAD

October 1st, 2011
2:45 pm

KEN is ti windy there like it is here in GA?
Maybe with the wind at TECH’s back they can kick it in the EZ. LOL
Punting could be real scary though

5150 UOAD

October 1st, 2011
2:46 pm

Dirk………..Navy and Air Force both have QB’s from Ga. right?

Dirk Digler

October 1st, 2011
2:48 pm

5150 hits on an interesting point. I keep hearing how we can kick the ball in the endzone in practice, but when we get in the games we can’t. I don’t know anything about the technical aspects of place kicking, but it seems to me if you have a strong enough leg to do it sometimes, why can you do it when it counts? It’s not like anyone is rushing tyring to block a kick-off.

Dirk Digler

October 1st, 2011
2:48 pm

5150. Not that familiar with their players. Don’t know.

5150 UOAD

October 1st, 2011
2:49 pm

MSU just shot themselves in the foot on a 3rd & 9 with a face mask.

WAIT MSU with a Pick 6. Murray is the Greatest QB in the SEC…………….LMAO.

5150 UOAD

October 1st, 2011
2:57 pm

Air Force’s QB is from Atlanta and Navy’s QB is from Marietta.

5150 UOAD

October 1st, 2011
3:00 pm

No 2 QB from Navy is from Big Bear City, CA. #3 is a Soph. from Marietta

Jackets 2011

October 1st, 2011
3:00 pm

Maybe the kickers should start kicking poorly in practice to reverse their M O.

5150 UOAD

October 1st, 2011
3:03 pm

maybe we should just get a Scholarship to a kid that can really KICK the damn ball.

Jackets 2011

October 1st, 2011
3:05 pm

Good point but we don’t have the time.
Give em coffee (favorite drug) or coca cola or mountain due – enough to where there eyes bug out – before sending them out on the field.
Works to get me through my workouts and I’m 60.
Don’t try this at home maybe.

5150 UOAD

October 1st, 2011
3:09 pm

Dawgs can’t kick field goals now.

Dirk Digler

October 1st, 2011
3:10 pm

That’s what blows my mind about the kicking. Moore is the first kicker we have given a scholarship to in forever and he kicks the ball shorter than any kicker I can remember. And it isn’t like we have had a lot of kickers with strong legs in the past. I am just not understanding why we gave this guys a scholarship.

5150 UOAD

October 1st, 2011
3:10 pm

Maybe RED BULL and Vodka?

Dirk Digler

October 1st, 2011
3:11 pm

Here comes an onsides kick by Navy.

Dirk Digler

October 1st, 2011
3:11 pm

They got it!!!!

19

October 1st, 2011
3:11 pm

Navy recovers!

Jackets 2011

October 1st, 2011
3:11 pm

This sure was a set of crummy noon games today.
I thought Kansas was going to look good.
I think they were up 20-0 but they r losing 45-27 now.
If Missy State wanted to make a game of it, they needed to turn the pick into points in the first half.

Jackets 2011

October 1st, 2011
3:13 pm

The best game I can’t find.
Arkansas vs Tex A&M.

19

October 1st, 2011
3:14 pm

Enter your comments here

Dirk Digler

October 1st, 2011
3:14 pm

Wow. What a play by Proctor!!

19

October 1st, 2011
3:14 pm

Dip, Duck and Dodge!

5150 UOAD

October 1st, 2011
3:15 pm

Navy Air Force and A&M Arkansas are good games.

5150 UOAD

October 1st, 2011
3:15 pm

A&M Akransas is on ESPN

19

October 1st, 2011
3:15 pm

5150 UOAD

October 1st, 2011
3:18 pm

Navy ran 96 plays

5150 UOAD

October 1st, 2011
3:18 pm

19

October 1st, 2011
3:18 pm

TD! Navy! 2 pointer coming up