Georgia Tech 31, Clemson 17

Greetings-

Just getting back to the press box. Just like we all thought, eh? A few points and I’ll give up the floor.

1.With its back against the wall, Georgia Tech played the best game of its season. Long drives (Tech had the ball 39 minutes), a smattering of big plays, four forced turnovers, clean special teams.

2. Tevin Washington delivered. He busted runs of 46 and 56 yards, set the school record for rushing yards by a quarterback (176), ran the option effectively and quieted more than a few doubters. Also, Jemea Thomas played out of his mind. Two crucial interceptions, two pass break-ups of long balls, a forced fumble and at least two special teams tackles.

3. Defensive coordinator Al Groh put his trust in his young secondary. Cornerback Louis Young said the Jackets blitzed more than they had in any game previously, putting the secondary in one-on-one situations against Clemson’s fleet wide receivers. It worked, as quarterback Tajh Boyd often got rushed in his throws or flushed out of the pocket. He needed 40 attempts – his season high by 10 throws – to get to 295 yards.

Whaddya think?

45 comments Add your comment

Not Disappointed

October 30th, 2011
12:58 am

Awesome Win Jackets! Nice read Ken!

Oman Jacket

October 30th, 2011
12:59 am

bleed gold and black

October 30th, 2011
12:59 am

bleed gold and black

October 30th, 2011
12:59 am

bleed gold and black

October 30th, 2011
1:00 am

Nice win Dawgs against another lowly opponent

Oman Jacket

October 30th, 2011
1:02 am

Wow, sorry I missed that one. Great win Jackets. All the CPJ haters can go straight to h#@!

Time for VA Tech and then the mutts. 10-2 and an ACC title shot would make for the most memorable Tech season since 1990.

5150 UOAD

October 30th, 2011
1:03 am

Who is going to HATE on Paul Johnson this week?

5150 UOAD

October 30th, 2011
1:06 am

Sat with Delbert and Supersize for the game. We were loving every minute of it.

gt40pinhd

October 30th, 2011
1:06 am

well, i missed the game! couldn’t get on the internet to espn3 but will watch the replay tomorrow.
i was one of those who gave up on tw. will have to watch the replay to see if i should start supporting him or not.

gt40pinhd

October 30th, 2011
1:08 am

uoad, i have always been a cpj supporter. just couldn’t figure out why didn’t mix up the offense like earlier this year…

Hayseed Dixie

October 30th, 2011
1:12 am

Yes, I’m trying to keep some decorum in my advancing years, but, ahem:

ALL YOU CPJ AND CAG HATERS CAN KISS MY WHITE —.

That’s it.

Oh, and I’m very, very proud of the Jacket fans at BDS tonight. Loud and 12th man sounding tonight. Was a lovely evening at the Flats.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 30th, 2011
1:15 am

So glad we didn’t blow it again. Now can we beat a real team on the road for once?

tp jones

October 30th, 2011
1:17 am

Awesome win Jackets. T Dubs et a school record too. I wish we would blitz more. I also like that radar blitz where the linemen move around, makes it difficult to block when you bring 8.

Donna Derrick

October 30th, 2011
1:19 am

GO TECH! Look out UGA; you may not be ready for the Sting this year.

Ol'JacketFan

October 30th, 2011
1:22 am

5150, supersize was at the game? I guess a troll has hijacked his i.d. as he couldn’t be back to his house yet to blog ;-)

Ol'JacketFan

October 30th, 2011
1:24 am

Ken, looks like we have someone hijacking anothers i.d. on here.

tp jones

October 30th, 2011
1:25 am

I really wish this site would make us login with facebook or something so you can’t be an anon UGA troll.

Tech Fan

October 30th, 2011
1:32 am

The Georgia Tech jersey 14 must strike fear into Clemson. Scott Blair kicked their butt for 3 years and now Thomas is wearing it and was MVP Dabo must have nigthmares when he sees 14 running on the field

5150 UOAD

October 30th, 2011
1:34 am

OJF………….yes i sat with Delbert D and Supersize………He will not be home until like 2:30-3 am. Just an Assh.le troll.

If do right, no can defense

October 30th, 2011
1:35 am

Great job by CPJ, Tevin & Co. in playing the best game of the season! I’d given up on Washington too, but way to silence the doubters, including me. #14 J. Thomas is officially our new #37 J. Tarrant. The special teams + secondary playmaker we needed. Look for him to lock the starter spot next year with Rashaad Reid graduating. Louis Young, Isiah Johnson, Rod Sweeting had great games too… it’s not easy to manage Watkins, Boys, Hopkins, Allen & Co. at the same time.

Offense was much better too, best game offensively since the UNC game. Still need Washington to get his passing funk back… but glad he got the basics of the option back on track.

Great job Ken on interviewing the guy who said GT’s best hope was controlling TOP… he was right on the money. We had the ball for nearly 40 minutes.

Go Jackets! Loved the field rush, absolute thrill to be in the student section!

Ol'JacketFan

October 30th, 2011
1:36 am

5150, I figured as much ;-)

OldSchoolTechFanatic

October 30th, 2011
1:38 am

Tevin, Please prove me wrong 4 more times this year !

Ol'JacketFan

October 30th, 2011
1:41 am

I’m outta here. See al tomorrow

OldSchoolTechFanatic

October 30th, 2011
1:43 am

How bout that D over the last two games !!!

Beamer your next

October 30th, 2011
1:54 am

if the Jackets can beat VT and Duke, just might be playing Clemson again for the ACC title, anyone think of that?

Tech Fan

October 30th, 2011
2:01 am

got to love how those #14 guys produce against the Tigers. Blair for 3 years and now Thomas

5150 UOAD

October 30th, 2011
2:02 am

Last time(2009) Tech won the ACC we had to beat Clemson 2 times.

GIVE ME A BREAK

October 30th, 2011
2:05 am

Tech’s defense was playing like a top 10 tonight. For the first time this year, I wanted the opponent to have the ball so I could see what the defense was going to do to them next. Great victory. Glad to see the fans storm the field. Fun to be at BDS tonight. ” YELLOW JACKETS ROCK “

GOLD PANTS

October 30th, 2011
2:13 am

My wife and I were at the game tonight ;did not make it home until about 1:30 AM. I must say the atmosphere created by the enthusiasm of the fans was electric. The noise was deafening and it definitely affected Clemson’s normally poised play. We get the treatment from Uga fans about our fan base but I’ll take our true fans any day of the week when we support our team like that.

RambleOn84

October 30th, 2011
2:24 am

Best crowd I’ve ever seen at BDS…too much orange, but the Jackets fans drowned out everything all night.

The team fed off the energy and kept it up all night. Tech fans: we need ALL of you to come to our remaining games. Let’s keep VPI and Georgie fans out of our stadium.

The players love the crowd noise…between the excessive crowd noise and the blitzing, Boyd was out of sorts all night.

Great game by CPJ, Groh, and the entire team. Very few mistakes all night. Great blocking, tackling, and covering.

Super job out of Jemea Thomas…

gt owl

October 30th, 2011
2:34 am

a lot of people were wondering what we would look like if we played a complete game the whole game, well we all got to see it tonight, and to vegas/headley I only have to say, what now

JACKETfan12

October 30th, 2011
2:36 am

Best Tech game I have ever been to. Crowd was awesome. Defense is taking form. Jemea Thomas had a breakout game- he is a star. The secondary’s talent that we all heard about to start the season showed tonight and they are getting experience. Gosh if both the defense and the offense play well we can beat anyone in the country, as shown tonight. Tevin played good but still was lacking in the passing game. With a true dual-threat QB (Vad?), there is no telling where GT could go in the future. Such an exciting game and I cannot wait till VT. Fans, buy up the rest of those tickets!

RambleOn84

October 30th, 2011
2:38 am

Headless is on Cloud Nine after squeaking one out against an average, injury-ridden team.

And, like all Georgie fans right now, he is TERRIFIED of this Tech team that just wore out the #5 team in the country.

MedStud

October 30th, 2011
2:43 am

Ken, do you think you ask CPJ what was going through his mind when he tried to call that time out that wasn’t given to him, and we ended up scoring a TD anyway on that play?

NOVAJacket

October 30th, 2011
2:43 am

He is close to earning the titl Jemea Freakin’ Thomas….

Team

October 30th, 2011
7:02 am

Great CompleteTeam Win!

duece coupe

October 30th, 2011
7:12 am

The Ramblin’ Wreck offense is tuned up,
GT defense is coming on strong.

39 minutes time of possession,
defense hitting Real hard.

shorter passes (as short as necessary!)

October 30th, 2011
7:12 am

The first play…Washington one yard dive…Oh No, here we go again!….LOL
Something happened a while later…Washington lost his “funk” and found his confidence and started pitching…and the rest is history!

I was just hoping Tech would just play the game competitively…did DID!

“Old Grow” did not seem old last night. Tech “D” was great! Johnson finally made me like his short pass calling…did not gain long yards after the catch but did work.

Fun game Tech!

I'm flying a Georgia Tech flag right now

October 30th, 2011
7:23 am

`
Clemson stirred up the Jacket hive and got stung.

duece coupe

October 30th, 2011
7:32 am

Five in a row = 12-2

shorter passes (as short as necessary!)

October 30th, 2011
8:22 am

one more thing…never did ever see a defender get under the center and deflect the ball (without being called offsides)…that did not seem like a fumble…it was almost an interception! Come one Ref!!!

Buzzman

October 30th, 2011
8:45 am

Remember we have VT next, and they have a extra week to prepare for the option. Everytime a team has a extra week before us, guess what happens? Look at all the bowl games. CPJ, you need to pull a few tricks out of your hat against VT. They will be keying on our option.

TechHasDoneIt

October 30th, 2011
12:53 pm

That was not the same team that I’ve seen for the past two weeks. What an awesome win.

GT4Life (the original)

October 30th, 2011
1:50 pm

Jemea Thomas earned and took his spot on the field. He can be used in every aspect of the game…defense, kick returns, kick offs and even offense if needed. He’s a baller. Lost in all the love directed at Thomas was the game that Q. Nealy had at linebacker. The RS Freshman had an outstanding game that probably cemented his spot in the starting lineup for the remainder of the year. Also, what lit the fire under TJ Barnes???? I’ve never seen him play with such sustained aggression. He plugged the holes up front all night and got nice pressure up the middle. Great job, D.

Mike

October 31st, 2011
8:50 pm

The recent storming of the field from Minnesota after they beat Iowa last weekend gas brought this issue up at Big Ten schools as well. Some media are saying it’s poor form by the Gophers to rush the field while others are saying it’s an important rivalry win for a rebuilding program. There’s been a good debate at TC Huddle. I found your article searching for more opinions on the issue.

Thought you might want to check it out. It’s enjoyable if nothing else: http://www.tchuddle.com/2011/10/the-importance-of-the-iowa-win/