Paul Johnson quotes

Initial comments:

It’s a great win. I know that lot of guys are disappointed that wrote us off, but we got a chance to play again next week. Like I said, earlier, just let us finish the season before you do our tombstone. I’m really proud of our guys. I couldn’t be prouder.

On Clemson:

I tell you they’ve got a really, really good football team. Brandon Thompson is a heck of a football player, the defensive tackle. We had a hard time blocking him so we just kind of started reading him.

On why the team played so differently than it had the past two weeks:

We played with some emotion and some intensity and we played better. They’re 18 to 21 year olds. Like I said, we’ve got a young football team. I keep telling people who don’t want to listen. Coach (Dabo) Swinney and I were talking about it before the game. We’ve got a bunch of sophomores and redshirt freshmen playing on the line of scrimmage most of the time and sometimes they’ve played better than the others. We just executed better.

We started out the first two drives kind of like we played the two weeks on offense, but we settled down. We made some plays.

On Tevin Washington’s interception:

They were rolling the secondary down really hard there because they knew we were going to run the ball, so we thought we might could get a cheap one on the play action. We didn’t execute very well and they picked it off but Jemea (Thomas) saved us with a great play on the very next play.

On play of the defense:

We kept them off the scoreboard. I thought we played really good in the first half and then the second half, we got just enough. They went down and scored really fast (to open the second half), it looked like they were coming back down again to score and they got the fumble (forced by Thomas in the third quarter).

We knocked the ball loose, we took a little bit of time. And we played the way we needed to play. I was looking at the time of possession and it was 39 to 21. When you do that, you’ve got a chance to win. We did a nice job of not giving up big plays defensively. like I said, kept ‘em out of the end zone for the most part.

On the execution of the game plan:

I thought the game went pretty much the way we wanted, except for the fumble on the goal line. I like said, if we get that in there, it’s 38-10 and they’ve got a real uphill battle to come back. But 31’s more than 17.

On impact of Tevin Washington’s play:

I think he’ll get his confidence back. I said all along, it wasn’t all Tevin he’ got to have some help. Tonight we got help from different guys. We made plays. The first long run he had on the option, he made a nice cut inside, but the second one on the quarterback draw, they put some guys on the ground. That was some pretty good blocking.

On Thomas:

He made some great plays. Jemea Thomas loves to play football. he’s a really good player. we’ve got to get him on the field because he makes plays. I think tonight was a great example of that. He had some huge plays.

On T.J. Barnes‘ having a good game:

He sure did. It was good to see T.J. He made a couple nice plays on run plays. We played with like I said, with the kind of effort and intensity you’ve got to play with.

On if he knew the team would play like this:

I knew we weren’t going to quit. Unlike some people, I knew we wouldn’t quit.

On how Tech can play so well when it’s counted out:

I don’t know. Give the players the credit. They’re the guys who did it. It wasn’t me. they bowed their neck and they played.

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Team

October 30th, 2011
7:14 am

Team

October 30th, 2011
7:15 am

Time to get ready for VT

shorter passes (as short as necessary!)

October 30th, 2011
7:24 am

How can the ref(s) not see and call that offsides? Clem guy was under the center before Washington could get the ball….That is a perfect example indicating the instant replay SHOULD be used for calling obvious penalties.

Tech surely exceeded my expectations against Clem. Hope Tech can keep that winning feeling against VT.

Congrats to Tech team and coaches!

GT Fan and Alum

October 30th, 2011
7:29 am

We love you CPJ! Keep up the great work!

Next Year

October 30th, 2011
7:31 am

Can’t wait until next year when our young guys have another year of play time under their belts. And VAD LEE will get a shot to play.

VAD LEE highlights:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Q2k95TtTdk&feature=related

Oakland

October 30th, 2011
7:44 am

During pre-game drills, you could sense GT was fired up. Great crowd. My voice is gone.

Flowery Branch Yellow Jacket

October 30th, 2011
8:00 am

After five weeks of gradual but continual decline, I’ll admit that I did not expect the Jackets to even compete with Clemson, much less beat them. I am very happy to have been proven wrong!

SatchelBuzz

October 30th, 2011
8:10 am

Great effort,…..great win. When we do what we do,…we fully expect to win, it’s as simple as that. Notice to the wanna be coaches out there,….please refrain from tellling CPJ how to handle things. It’s embarrasing,….hope your neck recovers from the jump off of the bandwagon. Go get ‘em Coach!!

THWG!!

Buzzman

October 30th, 2011
8:10 am

What can I say, yes, I have been down on CPJ and Big Al. It was a totally differently team out there last night. It just shows you that emotion can win football games. Clemson is a better team, but our emotion’s were high. Sure we don’t have the talent like Clemson but our guys played last night like they haven’t played all year. I know our guys our young and we have ups and downs, but last night they were up. Congrats. to all the players. Whatever we win or lose the ACC title is up to you. But if you play like you did last night, we will win all the way.

Tate

October 30th, 2011
8:11 am

ACC refs continue to be idiots. But doesn’t matter in this one. Georgia Tech just plain beat down Clemson.

bhamwreck

October 30th, 2011
8:16 am

great win – proud of the team. Go Jackets

truth

October 30th, 2011
8:21 am

we beat ranked teams, uga not so much

ramblingbuzz

October 30th, 2011
8:52 am

Appeared to me CPJ did make some changes on special teams. Different KO & punt returners as well as other ST players. CPJ may be stubborn but he’s not stupid. Great team victory in all phases.

ToeMeetsLeather

October 30th, 2011
8:53 am

Game balls to Jamea and Groh, the only thing we didn’t defend well was the short pass and incredible speed of the Clemson athletes. We won’t see that much speed again this season.
Beat VaTech and a scary Duke and we play a angry Clemson team again in early December.

How about those young offensive lineman doing their thing last night. Great win and atmosphere on the flats. The Clemson fans were a loud bunch entering the stadium, not so much leaving out.

Diable69

October 30th, 2011
8:55 am

It’s official – Jemea Thomas is my new favorite player. That dude can play some ball. Pass defense, run defense, punt returns, fake punts, it don’t matter…

A 2 touchdown win (that should have been a 3 touchdown win; looking in your direction officials) over the #5 team in the nation? Yes, please!

GT70

October 30th, 2011
8:55 am

@truth “we beat ranked teams, uga not so much”

Absolute truth. That should shut up the mutts (it won’t but it should) about our schedule and our offense.

Funny, you don’t hear the mutts after we have a big win.

ramblingbuzz

October 30th, 2011
8:57 am

CU did not have the best team last night. And that’s why they play the game on the field and not based on “expert” opinion. And how about Jesse Palmer back at ESPN central who predicted a decisive CU victory, even at half time. For some reason, GT’s team always plays better when no one picks em. Thank you Heather and Schultz. Please pick VT to win when we play them.

GT

October 30th, 2011
9:07 am

Its all on the line next week…no matter how you slice it this win was bigger than the UVA and UM Loss..

Also even if we beaten UVA Miami and Clemson we would STILL need to beat VT to get in the ship..

This win is the second biggest behind Georgia

St. Simons Old Timer

October 30th, 2011
9:23 am

I was disappointed with our Tech bloggers last week who turned negative and vindictive after the Miami loss. Most everyone thought they could coach the team better than Paul Johnson. It is never as bad as a loss makes it seem (even a bad loss, like Miami) and never as good as a victory makes it seem (even a good victory, like Clemson).

So let’s stay positive and get ready for VT. Both teams have byes and should be well prepared. But remember we are at home and GT can get up for a home game.

Road Scholar

October 30th, 2011
9:26 am

Next Year: Try to stay focused on the present and show some respect to this team. Are you a closet UGA fan?

Great game. Great effort. The team charged ahead instead of being “on our heals” like the past 2 losses.

TechFanForever

October 30th, 2011
9:30 am

Key prospects were at this game. They saw something special. Hopefully they saw two great coaches who know what they are doing. Just give us some talent, some defense and the sky is the limit.

Thoughts of LSU-UGA and FL-Ark came to my mind on the no-call off-sides. Somebody better investigate this one. We (ACC) don’t want to be like the SEC and fix who goes to the Conference Championship games. Sure we don’t have an LSU or AL in our conference (yet) but the rest of the SEC has nothing on the ACC.

19

October 30th, 2011
9:31 am

Great win! Jemea is the man.
I hope “Steve” and “papadawg” bet their houses!
Craig James is a complete hack!

Go Jackets!!!

Road Scholar

October 30th, 2011
9:32 am

Oh, and who knew we could play such good man to man in the secondary? The “prevent” zone should be trashed. Kudos to the DB’s and linebackers…not to leave out the def line. The pass rush, esp with the blitzing was much improved, but needs more improvement.

Savor this one…and then beat VT! Go Tech!

PS Watch out for Duke…they looked good against VT yesterday. But focus on VT and “their” refs.

gtalum01

October 30th, 2011
9:43 am

Yup I have been drinking the Kool Aid since 08 and will continue to do so. The more smack and name calling that folks make about CPJ just shows that they wish he was there Coach. I was there for the Gailey years and graduated in 01 and this is fun, that was a snooze fest. Good times and super Great Win!!!!!

mountain_jim

October 30th, 2011
9:52 am

I also can’t believe the no-offsides fumble. I also did not think GT could stay in the game with Clemson.

Enjoyed seeing them prove me wrong. How much of the country saw that game, I wonder?

GT is a 4th rate high school team

October 30th, 2011
10:00 am

Finally, GT won against another 4th rate high school team. LOL ACC – ASSOCIATION OF CUP CAKES, nothing new there.

macrotech

October 30th, 2011
10:04 am

So THAT’S what a total effort at all positions looks like….I could get USED to that! GO TECH!!!

go jackets

October 30th, 2011
10:08 am

negative bloggers… QUIT TYPING, and go to the UGA blogs, you deserve them.

macrotech

October 30th, 2011
10:09 am

“GT is a 4th rate high school team”…YEAH, I could see where you’d say that. Clemson ONLY beat how many ranked teams to get to their high ranking…something you mutts in athens know NOTHING about. Nice little win against those MIGHTY gators, though!

OldSchoolGT21

October 30th, 2011
10:09 am

Heather Dingleberry Dinch looks like she went to Ga Tech but she would have failed out the first year…there was a song back in the day by Run DMC called…Dumb Girl…Dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb…stupid as can be….

carolinajacket

October 30th, 2011
10:09 am

4th rate, are you the brilliant one who wrote, “Right On October 28th, 2011 I cannot wait to witness Clemson absolutely destroying the cheats on their home field in their high school stadium. The most overrated coach, and worst fan base in the country, will be even more humbled after tomorrow night’s beatdown. I cannot wait.

Navigator

October 30th, 2011
10:11 am

There’s one quote you couldn’t get from him, what a bunch of incompetent ACC refs that blew the obvious off sides at Clemson’s goal line, that caused the fumble. Even ABC commentators made numerous comments about how the ref looking right at the line could not see that. I’m beginning to believe the ACC refs aren’t just bad, but maybe the worst in all of college football.

go jackets

October 30th, 2011
10:12 am

4th rate is a UGA fan, you know so.
Just trying to cause trouble, doesn’t have anything else to do!

GT I

October 30th, 2011
10:13 am

Navigator you are right on the money! just wish they could do something about the refs that screw up so bad!

carolinajacket

October 30th, 2011
10:14 am

I’ve watched football for quite a while, but I have never seen a defensive player receive the center’s snap == and get away with it.

chalkdawg4

October 30th, 2011
10:15 am

Georgia fan here but I grew up in Atlanta and have an ex-wife from Tech. Great win and a hell of a performance. Who would have thunk it?

macrotech

October 30th, 2011
10:19 am

chalkdawg4, you’re a damn good dawg! Admittedly, I HOPED it would happen, but after the past couple of weeks…I wasn’t thunkin’ it!

bobbyGTdodd

October 30th, 2011
10:29 am

Where is that intelligent derriere that could not wait for the beatdown in Atlanta on Saturday night? Where are you? I’ll give you on thing. You were right about a beatdown in Atlanta. I was there and witnessed it in person. There WAS a BEATDOWN in Atlanta. And it was a magnificent thing, from my seat anyway. But from some seats it was UGLY, UGLY, UGLY. Like the guy’s next to me. He left in tears.

RWRECK77

October 30th, 2011
10:33 am

I had the wildest most unbelievable dream last night ,,,,,dreamed I went to the Tech Clemson game and Tech won,,,stayed out celebrating half the night! Where’s my coffee????

Wondering???

October 30th, 2011
10:37 am

I guess I’ll keep asking this question until someone can give me an answer. Since the Bobby Dodd – and later Bobby Ross days at Tech – the team has lacked the “fire” and determination to come out and play their best ball every game. They continue to play just well enough to win some times and other times that’s not good enough. When losses come our way – we use the same worn out excuses that the team is “tired” or young – rather than they weren’t well prepared mentally. Since 1972 freshmen have been able to play varsity football and every team in the U S has faced these issues and the better ones overcome them by coaching and preparation. What makes last night different from the last two weeks? The team had no week off to rest like Virginia and Miami did – and yet they played inspired ball last night and won – and the only reason given has been because they were mad and out to prove everyone wrong (coach and team alike) – and every bit of the fundamentals and execution on display had been there all along. So my question / statement is this – why does a team of this quality have to wait to have adversity on the doorstep before they buy into the mental concept of a “killer” instinct prior to every game played? I revel in this win and have never bashed he team or coaches – and aren’t now. I’m just wondering??

19

October 30th, 2011
10:38 am

Headley! I hope you bet the house!

Go Jackets!!!

Batjacket

October 30th, 2011
10:39 am

they omitted my personal favorite CPJ comment from last night
When asked about the uncalled offsides on the Clemson 1 yard line that resulted in a bogus
“turnover”, CPJ said:
“WE GOT HOSED”
Gotta love him!

Batjacket

October 30th, 2011
10:41 am

To GT is a fourth rate high school team–And which fourth rate high school team do YOU support?

Double Zero Eight

October 30th, 2011
10:42 am

Great win! What a pleasant surprise.
Wish they could play every game at home.

ramblin man

October 30th, 2011
10:46 am

what a night. like someone said, you could sense the guys were fired up even during warmups. as cpj said, they took it upon themselves – even more encouraging. it seems to me that there was certainly a sense of complacency after 6-0 but something just clicked tonight and the guys were fired up in front of the home crowd on homecoming against the #5 team in the country.
jemea thomas is a player folks
tevin was extremely encouraging with his reads on the option – very few missed reads this game
blocking by the backs and receivers was excellent, especially by stephen hill
defense has come a long way too folks. and give groh credit for last night. he let his young, but talented guys play and just fly around. secondary seems to be very talented with jemea, louis young, rod sweeting
awesome job – but got to continue that effort into the next game, biggest one of the year now

and anyone know what happened to stephen hill in the 2nd qtr? obviously nothing too serious because he came back but he seemed pretty rattled

T-man

October 30th, 2011
10:46 am

I have to admit,I’shocked at the outcome of this game,after looking so bad the last 2 weeks,and just dominating,yes dominating in all phases of the game…..I love it.And the flea bags winning and slaying their demons…what a great weekend for the 2 local teams,hey could it be they both play for their conference championships…sweet

carolinajacket

October 30th, 2011
10:52 am

I must be honest. After our first three offensive (and they were offensive) plays, I was getting ready for a blow out. Well, we got the blow out, just not what I expected. Supersize, what do you think?

Trussville Jacket

October 30th, 2011
10:52 am

It is real easy to play or coach the game from 40 rows up in the stands. I am guilty of it myself sometimes and have to remind myself of this. I am glad that the Jackets put it together last night and got a big win!!

5150 UOAD

October 30th, 2011
11:03 am

19…………. after you saw that game don’t you think you should have RISKED a few more days in the doghouse to Be with Me, Dilbert D, Give Me a Break, and Supersize? We had a BLAST

Old Gold and White Fan

October 30th, 2011
11:04 am

4th rate – another 4th rate drive by mutt. Gotta love it,Tech AND the mutts are 7-2 now. If we both win out, it will be an incredible show down on 11/26 with the team in Gold winning! This is going to be EPIC!!!!!!!

Hey Muttsville…..get your slurs ready, it’s coming! And PLEASE, try to come up with something new….more original…..not as tired as……nerds.