Georgia-Georgia Tech notes, video, links

Greetings-

We’re finally here.

A few thoughts and notes, links and a belatedly posted video.

1. It’s a small sample size, but Georgia Tech is 8-1 when it has broken four or more plays of 20 yards or more, 0-2 when it hasn’t. It speaks to the benefit of the plays themselves, but perhaps more to the execution level of the offense on that given day that enabled that many plays to break, as well as the opponent’s general inability to stop Tech. (The one loss was Virginia Tech, when the Jackets had six plays of 20 yards or more.) Tech had three against Virginia and none against Miami.

2. In the past two Tech-Georgia games, the Bulldogs have converted six Tech turnovers into 31 points. Tech has turned three Georgia turnovers into no points. In 2008, Tech cashed in Georgia’s two turnovers for 13 points, while Georgia did nothing with Tech’s only turnover.

3. A Larry Munson-Al Ciraldo story, as told by Ciraldo’s son Al Jr.: The day of the 1985 Tech-Georgia game, the legendary Tech play-by-play man was planning a pretty adventurous doubleheader. He was going to call a much-hyped Tech basketball game – against Michigan in the Tip-Off Classic in Springfield, Mass. – in the afternoon and then fly back to Atlanta for the Tech-Georgia football game at night.
Munson’s pessimism was evidently not limited to Georgia football.
When Ciraldo told his good friend and colleague of his plan, Ciraldo Jr. said this week, Munson replied, “Both! You gotta be nuts. What if the flight’s delayed? What if there’s rain? You’ll never make it!”
Ciraldo assured him he had things covered. Delta CEO Ron Allen, a Tech grad, would ensure Ciraldo would make his flight. Munson fretted that traffic from the airport might trap Ciraldo. Ciraldo assured him again that Georgia State Patrol Col. Hugh Hardison was also a Tech grad and would give him a police escort to the game.
Munson’s reply: “You better hope the weatherman’s a Tech grad!”
Ciraldo’s double went off without a hitch.
“They had a really good relationship,” said Ciraldo Jr., a commercial real-estate broker who graduated from Tech, lives in East Cobb and helps spot for Wes Durham on game days. “They shared a lot of stories.”

4. Watch for counter plays. The speed of Georgia’s defense may make the Bulldogs vulnerable to over-pursuit.

5. Video interview with CineSport’s Noah Coslov, alongside my colleague Chip Towers.


Links

The rundown of the game from the Athens Banner-Herald, including a story on Tech defensive end Jason Peters.

Charles Odum of the Associated Press compares the Tech and Georgia defenses.

Paul Newberry of the A.P. writes about both teams’ quarterbacks.

For Sting Daily, fans weigh in on the rivalry with Matt Winkeljohn and Jon Cooper offers a by-the-numbers breakdown.

Thanks for reading. Enjoy the game.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

88 comments Add your comment

David

November 26th, 2011
8:11 am

RambleOn84

November 26th, 2011
8:21 am

To hell with Georgie!

RambleOn84

November 26th, 2011
8:26 am

A reversal of 2009, Tech needs this win badly…if we can stop them on 3rd down, we will win.

If we can’t, it will be a long day.

roughrider

November 26th, 2011
8:27 am

How many bowl games has Tech lost in a row? It’s getting embarrassing.

RambleOn84

November 26th, 2011
8:28 am

Not quite as embarrassing as the amount of time you spend on a rival team’s board…get a life, loser.

Ol'JacketFan

November 26th, 2011
8:39 am

I am really looking forward to THE game today, my son has my tickets and I am warming up my recliner to enjoy it in HD :-) GO JACKETS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'll alert the Media

November 26th, 2011
8:40 am

Dawgs have two plays to stop to eliminate 75% of Tech’s rushing yards, and they know them both. Now stopping them is a different story. That wide wide toss sweep to that speedy little back who catch’s the pitch almost on the corner at full speed and makes the turn before pursuit can get there…………Of the course the other is the QB roll out pitch as a WR comes across and blind sides the DB and allows the pitch to be made and the open seam is there for him to get big yards. Stop those two and you stop Tech.

Biff Pocoroba

November 26th, 2011
8:47 am

Munson didn’t understand why someone would want to call both games since UGA doesn’t have a basketball team. Hopefully the Dawgs honor him by having a hob nailed boot shoved down their throats today.

Perspective

November 26th, 2011
8:53 am

UGA opponents NCAA rushing ranks:
Boise: 58
SC: 28
Coastal Carolina: N/A (but 137/yd per game, pathetic)
Ole Miss: 82
Miss St: 52
Tenn: 115 (wow)
Vandy: 60
UF: 63
NMSt: 94
AU: 32
UK: 97

Take from that what you want. Not a one in the top 25 in rushing, most not even close.
I take it to mean UGA’s #2 rush D ranking is inflated by the pathetic rushing teams they have played.
We’ll see for sure in a little over 3 hours.
THWG. Go Jackets!

Gr8 2B aFuzzyB

November 26th, 2011
9:05 am

Jackets will be up to the task today! The leg dumpers will be doing the dry grind. THWG

Ol'JacketFan

November 26th, 2011
9:20 am

Tech has to take care of the ball, control the clock, win on special teams, score in the red zone and the game is going to go the Jackets way. If Tech gives up the ball and lets GA have a short field then it’ll be an uphill climb all day!

1 4 GT

November 26th, 2011
9:24 am

Ramble On….Found out why you refer to UGAG as Georgie. I read a story about football in the south by Bill Curry when he was with e s p n that was more about Bobby Dodd than anything. He reminded that Dodd called them Georgie. I hope you won’t mind if I too honor Dodd that way.

superDawg

November 26th, 2011
9:30 am

BankerDawg

November 26th, 2011
9:32 am

If Tech doesn’t turn it over, we may be in some trouble.

Without the TOs last year, we probably get rolled by a WIDE margin.

Not sure what to expect from our RB position, but I am expecting Murray to be on today and he should have some wide open looks to the WRs and TEs…Tech seems to have trouble with the mid range passing game.

I think we win, but it will be close.

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO DAWGS! SIC ‘EM!

Ol'JacketFan

November 26th, 2011
9:34 am

BankerDawg, question for you. How do you think GA matches up with LSU? Not trying to be a smarta.. just curious to see a GA fans thoughts.

19

November 26th, 2011
9:35 am

WOW superDawg! That was original and thought provoking. Thanks for your input. You are a credit to the human race. Now go straight to a place with unbearable temperatures!

Go Yellow Jackets!

cannot make this up

November 26th, 2011
9:40 am

since you brought in up in your column memories on Munson, I was in attendance of a Moultrie Ga Bulldog club banquet in which Munson was guest speaker. The speech was so vulgar and filthy, guest and club members got up and left. Ray Goff had arranged it and was appalled himself.

5150 UOAD

November 26th, 2011
9:41 am

What is the good word?
To HELL with Georgia!
How bout them Dawgs?
Pi$$ on them!

1 4 GT

November 26th, 2011
9:41 am

SUPERdAWG reminds me of Underdawg!

1 4 GT

November 26th, 2011
9:43 am

Truth will out, as will character.

Sarge1

November 26th, 2011
9:45 am

Ol'JacketFan

November 26th, 2011
9:48 am

LOL@Sarge1, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen that one before!

19

November 26th, 2011
9:49 am

I liked the Underdog cartoons when I was a kid. The only comparison between superDawg and Underdog is that they are both cartoon characters. Well, Underdog is a smarter cartoon character and is not vulgar.
Go Tech!

1 4 GT

November 26th, 2011
9:51 am

If I’m this nervous, I hope & want the team to be calmly excited and contemplating their game and the plays they will execute TO BEAT GEORGIE!

5150 UOAD

November 26th, 2011
9:52 am

Are the DAWG fans DRUNK already?

1 4 GT

November 26th, 2011
9:53 am

I meant no disrespect to Underdog.

1 4 GT

November 26th, 2011
9:55 am

They’re showing a gang of Georgie fans at some bar downtown. They must not have gotten tickets–said they would be tailgating there right thru the game

19

November 26th, 2011
9:56 am

“Football does not build character, it exposes it”.

Go Yellow Jackets!

Ol'JacketFan

November 26th, 2011
10:00 am

GA fans may not be drunk, but Lou(Notre Dame)Holtz is! He picked ND over Stanford. And he said Michael Floyd is the best WR in college football. I guess he’s never heard of Justin Blackmon.

19

November 26th, 2011
10:00 am

I’m sure the dregs that call themselves UGA fans are drunk and ready to pick on the next child they see with a GT sweatshirt. That’s not meant towards the real Georgia fans just the crazy lunatics that have never even been to Athens.

1 4 GT

November 26th, 2011
10:05 am

Good story about GT KO guy Scully dating a Georgie cheerleader. She said he hates Georgie more than she hates Tech. She must be pretty special. On front page of sports if anyone wants to read it.

1 4 GT

November 26th, 2011
10:08 am

My character reference was relative to the comment on Munson @ the Moultrie affair.

1 4 GT

November 26th, 2011
10:12 am

Herbstriet just made reference to the Georgie defense. The best offense they built their #2 defensive ranking on was NEW MEXICO STATE and the game today with GT would show if Georgie’s defense is that good.

Stephen CC

November 26th, 2011
10:12 am

Go Jackets!!! Show the pups how good a football team you really are. None of Georgie’s wins have been against very formidable foes. It’s our turn. This year. Let’s start a new era. THWG!!!

Gorilla Biscuit

November 26th, 2011
10:14 am

Lovely day to swat a few GnaTs.

19

November 26th, 2011
10:17 am

1 4 GT, good morning and god bless. Go Yellow Jackets!

19

November 26th, 2011
10:20 am

Gorilla, not many nats out on this November morning. I guess it’s where you live. Try moving the trash can to a different location.

Go Yellow Jackets!

Smart like a fox

November 26th, 2011
10:20 am

0 turn overs and Tech should win….lets play some football !! Go Jackets

Freddy Fender

November 26th, 2011
10:27 am

I’ll be at game ..go GT

dawgs have fleas

November 26th, 2011
10:35 am

key to game stephen hill and tevin washington we need a few big passes to open up run and on defense j.b # 40 should control the middle and j.a # 45 needs to be in murrays face

Ol'JacketFan

November 26th, 2011
10:35 am

Freddy, cutting it close, timing wise, aren’t you? ;-)

CarolinaJacket

November 26th, 2011
10:41 am

We’d better reverse the turnover trend. Do that and we have a game.

1 4 GT

November 26th, 2011
10:53 am

Good morning to all and a great big THWG. BTW CarolinaJacket, do your in-laws live in Kennesaw, Ga.? My niece’s husband has a sister and her husband who is a GT grad. They live in Charleston and I have seen you mention being on Charleston. John and Alysan.

19

November 26th, 2011
10:55 am

Georgia will load the box to shut down the option. Tevin will need to hit some passes to keep them honest. Tech has to play their best game to win. Go Jackets!

CarolinaJacket

November 26th, 2011
10:55 am

Family in Roswell. I live in Rock Hill, but have a condo in Charleston.

1 4 GT

November 26th, 2011
11:03 am

OH. I know Rock Hill, at least where it is. You don’t work for Siemens, do you CarolinJ?

Mayor John Belk says hello GT

November 26th, 2011
11:13 am

GT friends and alumni are excited about playing in the first ever JOHN BELK DEPARTMENT STORE BOWL game. Win or lose Belk’s bowl games is yours!!!

Excited GT fans? Something to look forward to??

GT's first play

November 26th, 2011
11:14 am

First play will be a play action long throw.

CarolinaJacket

November 26th, 2011
11:19 am

No. Retired. Taught at Winthrop University for 35 years. No attacks on the might Eagles please. We have never lost a football game.

Sam

November 26th, 2011
11:20 am

Amazing video of a high school senior from Columbia TN who kicks the ball dead straight 75-80 yards in the air. He was successful on 54 of 54 attempts this season….100%. Now he needs a college team. Wants to go to Georgia Tech!

Watch for yourself…it is unreal!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_JKwgwFY3g