Georgia Tech quoteboard


On his two long runs:

Both of them came off draw plays. The line did a good job. I can’t even give enough credit to the offensive line. The offensive line did a great job opening up the holes. I just ran through it and tried to do my best.

On persevering:

With adversity you’ve got to either stand up or lay down. I think we’ve got the type of team that stands up and comes back and just fight no matter what the situation may be.

How he felt after Jemea Thomas‘ interception in the end zone in the fourth quarter:

I was the happiest man out there on the field.


On the interception in the end zone:

We watched film all week watching film on it. As soon as they get in the red zone, their No. 2 (Sammy Watkins) on the backside, they’re going to throw the fade, so I was kind of waiting on it.


On rotating with and sharing information with David Sims:

David and I, we do a lot of that. When one guy’s in, he tells the other guy on the sidlines what’s going on . It really helps. We can feed off each other and just kind of learn. If I’m on the sidelines, I’ll see him do something and give him pointers and he does the same for me and I think that really helps.

On the crowd storming the field:

It’s an electrifying experience. I remember two years ago my sophomore year the Virgina Tech game that happened and I got stuck out on the field for like 45 minutes. Right when I saw them storm today, I got out of there real quick but I was able to see them storm the field. It’s a fantastic feeling.


On defensive coordinator Al Groh calling blitzes for him:

That’s the way we practiced all week. We said, ‘We’re going to bring the house on him, put pressure disrupt him,’ so I guess he just unleashed me. I was ready to go in there and put some pressure on the quarterback.

On a main point in the defensive game plan:

Just situational awareness, knowing where they like to take a shot with he deep ball. For the most part, I think we were pretty on point with knowing when they were getting ready to take a shot deep. we were in great position to make great plays on the ball.


On difference between last two weeks and this week:

There hasn’t really been a big difference. I’d say the one difference is execution we play with effort every week that was’t a problem. Coach (Johnson)  was more worried about us executing than not playing well.


On his play:

I just really wanted to step up and just help the team any way I  could. The past couple weeks, I wasn’t really producing, so I was just trying to do all I could this week to really help out.


The key to the game was our turnovers. We turned the ball over four times. When you do that, it’s hard to win games. We have to execute better. You have to give Georgia Tech a lot of credit. They really executed well tonight. We didn’t make the big plays and they did.


We just made too many costly errors tonight. We turned it over four times, had costly penalties, and allowed too many big plays. It’s not complicated, they out executed us in all phases.


We made some uncharacteristic plays. I think in the second half everyone was pressing. (To the Charleston Post and Courier)

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October 30th, 2011
7:09 am


October 30th, 2011
7:15 am

Great Win– now lets beat VT

North ave. faithful

October 30th, 2011
7:16 am

Just hard to believe that is the same team i watched the last 2 weeks,good solid victory! PROUD OF MY JACKETS!!!!!


October 30th, 2011
7:27 am

One of the best long-term benefits of this impresive win is the fact a fe very talented and highly sought recruits were taking their official visits to Tech this weekend. Homecoming celebrations, finally a NIGHT game and an upset of a top 10 team (a thorough sheeelacking, too) couldn’t hurt and had to impress these young men.
I had become a doubter about this year’s edition, I have to admit, but I love to be proved wrong. It all now hangs on the VPI game. We control our destiny again.
Thank you, team. Thank you coaches.


October 30th, 2011
7:32 am

And I just have to say this also. Refs, don’t blink at the snap of the ball; missing an obvious off-sides on the goal line was inexcusable and I hope the ref with the big ‘L’ on his shirt has trouble getting another big game anytime soon. What a disgrace!
It seems we’ve gotten the short end of the calls this year but hopefull this will even out.

shorter passes (as short as necessary!)

October 30th, 2011
7:32 am

The most fun thing was watching the Clem D guy seemingly almost swallow his tongue/have a tantrum/screaming/pointing/jumping up and down/etc… trying to get the ref to call the Tech runner out of bounds about two yards prior to the first down marker!

What a game!

Triple Option

October 30th, 2011
7:52 am

Great Job Jackets!! As big as this win is, it could have been bigger if not for the bone head ref that didn’t see the offsides down at the goal line. It should have been 38-17. But I’ll take the win!! I agree with you GT71.


October 30th, 2011
8:17 am

Have to agree with triple option those boneheads refs were terrible, cannot believe they blew that offsides call. They also missed alot of holding calls (on both sides). But like it said it did even out last night. And yes the score should have be 38 – 10 or 17. Hard to hold them with that offense. Congrats to all the Tech Players, Thank you, us arm chair quarterbacks needed that game……Especially me, which I live in Clemson, I do have bragging rights now.

Jacket Man

October 30th, 2011
8:41 am

Attn: Dabo & Company…I have a bit of news for you. Your “poor execution” was due to being spanked Saturday night by the better team. GA Tech forced your turnovers; they weren’t muffs or slips (unlike your defender jumping off sides when the Jackets had their sole fumble lost). GA Tech’s offense took the game at the Clemson defense, especially at the end of the game, and crammed it down their throat, all the while your defenders knew they were going to run right at them. And the Yellow Jacket defense? Boyd was looking over his shoulder all evening for blitzes and your run game was non-existent.

Dabo, you’ve always been a clown, most recently beating your chest about how great your team is and bumping chest with the players, etc. Now that you and your team have been outplayed and out coached, once again, by GA Tech and Paul Johnson, maybe your antics won’t fly so well any more.

Win with class and lose with class. Dabo can’t do either.


October 30th, 2011
8:42 am

Well done Tech. Take pride in your performance last night and carry that same dedication and committment into the VT game. You are an unstoppable machine, save from within.


October 30th, 2011
8:59 am

Greart game. Lots of intensity on both sides of the ball. Keep it up all the way to Charlotte and the Orange bowl!

Road Scholar

October 30th, 2011
9:00 am

Oh He!! yes! Complete team effort! The interseption Washington threw should have been thrown to Hill on the outside…no one was even close to him, but…

Jacket Man: Take your own advice!


October 30th, 2011
9:34 am

Congrats on a very nice win. I didn’t think Tech had a chance in this game. Clemson looked like they could beat just about any team in the nation coming into this one.

Speaks well of the coaching staff and the character of the players…

See you in a few weeks…


October 30th, 2011
9:36 am

2011 season, back on!!!


October 30th, 2011
9:49 am

That game at the end of November is looking better and better all the time. Congrats on the win in JAX.

Our D just SHUT DOWN one of the top offenses in the country…and the O-line finally got mean and nasty. There is no limit to what we can do the rest of this year if we keep playing like that.


go jackets

October 30th, 2011
9:55 am

This is the best win. So, So Proud of the Jackets!! Every player stood up and played great!
Go Jackets!!!


October 30th, 2011
10:00 am

We won inspite of the ref calls!
Great D and Offense…way to go Jackets!!
Refs should be called out on their performance, terrible!

GT is a 4th rate high school team

October 30th, 2011
10:03 am

LOL, GT finally won a game against another high school team. ACC – ASSOCIATION OF CUP CAKES, nothing new there.


October 30th, 2011
10:11 am

Call me when Georgie beats a ranked team…

Clemson Tiger...

October 30th, 2011
10:44 am

Gotta hand it to your team, they spanked us good – are you sure those were the same guys that played UVA and UM the last two weeks? Offensively and defensively your guys played, and looked like, they were the best team in the country.

We wil probably see you again on December 3 in Charlotte – but congrats on a very well played game last night.

Does this game mean...

October 30th, 2011
10:47 am

…that Dabo is again the worst coach in the league and that CPJ has returned to the exalted realm of being the best coach in the universe????


October 30th, 2011
10:56 am

Proud of the way the team played. We are so young and over the next 2/3 years there will certainly be some good football played on the flats. I hope with the big win and all the recruits at the game that some of them decide to come join Tech. Emotion plays a big part of the way a team plays. Against Virginia it was their home coming game. They were sky high. Hard to beat. Sometimes the bloggers forget that the team is made up of 18 / 19 / 20 year old kids who don’t quiet have things figured out yet.
They figured it out last night.

Freddy Blassie

October 30th, 2011
11:04 am

The Tech players deserve credit for scratching and clawing and finding a way to beat a bigger, faster and mostly more athletic team last night. They found a way to win, but more importantly, they beat Clemson; BEAT THEM. The coaches gave them the tools but the men on the field deserve to be recognized for their character and resolve. The offensive line played their guts out and the backs and receivers mowed down defenders in a memorable offensive display. Tech’s defenders were tenacious and finally put a stake through the heart of an impressive Clemson offensive machine.
I’m proud of you guys.

Doesn't sound like complaining to me, Jacket Man...

October 30th, 2011
11:13 am

Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney made no excuses following the Tigers’ 31-17 loss to Georgia Tech in Atlanta on Saturday night.

“We just made too many costly errors tonight,” said Swinney. “We turned it over four times, had costly penalties and allowed too many big plays. It’s not complicated. Georgia Tech out-executed us in all phases.

“We did not quit, and I’m proud of the team’s effort. If we had scored after Hall’s interception, we would have been seven points down with 10 minutes to play. We have no excuses, they just whipped us.”

5150 UOAD

October 30th, 2011
11:17 am

What happen to all the CPJ needs to go stuff?
had a Great time at the game. It was too damn much fun.

5150 UOAD

October 30th, 2011
11:44 am

Please no more talk about lifting Vad Lee’s redshirt.


October 30th, 2011
11:50 am

It’s hard to say just how big this win is……….Clemson is our closest ACC neighbor…………Our biggest ACC rival……..our team was reeling and appeared to be loosing confidence after two and a half very sub-par performances………This team has class, and they do it without an individual star performer………This is the stuff champions are made of.


October 30th, 2011
12:18 pm

One of the worst officiated games I have seen in some time. As a rule, I don’t comment much on officials as I have several close friends that are high school referees. I know how tough the job is, but missing that obvious offsides call near the goal line was terrible.

GT Dude

October 30th, 2011
12:20 pm

Great turn around, it is hard to believe that our guys lost to UVA & UM?
Now let’s keep it going for two more games and win our division so we can beat the orange out of Clemson in Charlotte!!

Mike J

October 30th, 2011
12:22 pm

Clemson Tiger

You have class and Clemson has a great team, but last night was one for the memory bank. Thanks for your good sportsmanship!

If do right, no can defense

October 30th, 2011
12:29 pm

Couple of classy comments by Clemson & uga fans. Thanks… you guys are a breath of fresh air. Ignore “4th rate high school” = All Cupcake Conference = High School = Paul Has A Small Johnson = Headley Lamar, the guy has no life whatsoever.

I’d love to see a video of headley trash talking, would probably look something like this (or worse):!

Made me rotflol 10 mins straight.

George Stein

October 30th, 2011
12:41 pm

I was so impressed with the defense. The play that Jemea made on that bomb to Watkins was, to me, the play of the night. The offense was methodical. The blocking on the edge was off the charts good.

5150 UOAD

October 30th, 2011
12:44 pm

If do right, no can defense……………….that guy is drunk and stupid. I would be surprised if his employer saw that he would have issues with this guy representing the company he works for.

If do right, no can defense

October 30th, 2011
12:57 pm

lol, true that.


October 30th, 2011
1:04 pm

I was wrong…SO wrong! Predicted disaster for the Jackets, and they proved me wrong. So much more pleasant to relive a big win like Clemson the next morning — than a loss. Congratulations to the entire team and coaching staff.

Ramblin Man

October 30th, 2011
1:22 pm

That was an all around great TEAM effort. Those kids deserve a lot of credit for taking it to Clemson and never letting up. Hopefully they build off this get some rest, heal, and prepare for VT.

yeller bug

October 30th, 2011
1:34 pm

Great win and great effort by coaches and especially the players. Only 60 yds passing, but we threw on 1st down 3 times, made 2 quick passes to the wide out—didn’t break any for large gains, but that pass is there often. Did more toss sweep to get to the corner faster too and a great game for TW to regain his confidence. Impressed with CAG—the D came to play aggressively—need that every week and Barnes had a good game in the middle. Even our punter had a good night! J. THomas is a player—he brings a hammer against the run and has shown he can defend the pass. Hard to believe this is the same team that bumbled it all over the place last week against Miami. We still don’t have our destiny in our own hands though—gotta win the rest and hope UVA (of all teams) loses one more which they have some tough games ahead and should drop one more. Be classy against Clemson—we’ll probably see them again in the ACC Championship game.


October 30th, 2011
1:37 pm

Outstanding WIN!….


October 30th, 2011
1:40 pm

If the Defense plays like that the rest of the year….. Well, we may not lose another…..


October 30th, 2011
2:08 pm

Super, hope you got home ok, too worn out at the half to climb that high….Dawg1, glad to welcome a Southern gentleman to the sadly short list of your tribe interested in polite discourse…got home at 1, then stayed up till 4A to watch the replay, funny how the announcers gradually shifted from calling the CU the annointed ones to recognizing an efficient drubbing…….


October 30th, 2011
2:11 pm

respect Clemson folks, good family values, y’all must hate us for reigning on your parade so often,always appreciate the good support you have for your team, wonder how many tix vatech will send back this time…….


October 30th, 2011
2:18 pm

I understand we lost 2 games to average teams but why didn’t we receive at least 1 vote in the USA Today after beating the former #5 and current #12? Were the coaches (or their admin assistants who seemingly actually vote) not watching? The result of the game was not a fluke. It doesn’t matter that much but its just weird that we didn’t get a vote.

If do right, no can defense

October 30th, 2011
2:37 pm

@ChiGTFan: you’ve exposed one of the major flaws of coach poll rankings. doesn’t matter anyway, the bowls look at the BCS standings, not the ap/coaches poll, when making selections. and with the ACC’s automatic orange bowl tie-in, that’s even less of a factor…

to all GT fans, need y’all to come out thursday night again @ BDS. There won’t be too many VT fans (given it’s a weeknight game), so we need to take full advantage of that. Hopefully the bye week gives us time to rest up, get injuries healed and come out strong against the hokies.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 30th, 2011
2:40 pm

juvenal, I got home at 2:15, was in bed by 2:45, and finally fell asleep around 4AM, only to have to get up at 7:30 for church. I am totally worn out and would be napping now, but got a crew replacing the deck on my house today, and I would never sleep through all the racket. Sure wish you had come up to see us at halftime, though, Delbert D. and UOAD sat with me. You should try to meet us at the VT game at UOAD tailgating spot just outside the north gates on Techwood.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 30th, 2011
2:40 pm

gt4ever, are you FINALLY a true believer? LOL

Supersize that order, mutt

October 30th, 2011
2:41 pm

Jacket Man, I am in no way a fan of Yabba Dabba Doo, but he DID show class in taking this loss. I heard his interview on ESPN highlights after I got home, and he was VERY complimentary of Tech AND coach Johnson.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 30th, 2011
2:47 pm

Last week whenever anybody mentioned the youth of the Tech team, it was called an excuse. Well, we are still young, and yet look what we did last night. Now think about what this young team is going to do over the next 3 years when they are no longer young. The future looks very very bright for the Jackets.


October 30th, 2011
3:02 pm

Supersize – Glad your back OK – but pulling “all nighters” is OK when it involves a BIG season changing (I hope) win like this and not because of studying for one of your old Physics finals – Right ?? Looked for ya’ll on TV, but no close-up of the East Upper Deck !! I don’t like Dabo either, but I also thought he was unusually gracious of Tech in his ESPN interviews – Just checking in – catch you later tonight -

Supersize that order, mutt

October 30th, 2011
3:07 pm

GT66, I DID pull a few all-nighters back in the day. I still stay up too late most nights, but I can usually sleep the next day. I got your email, but haven’t had a chance to respond yet. I’ll do that later.

George Stein

October 30th, 2011
3:24 pm

Anyone wanna tell us we haven’t beaten anyone?