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RODDY JONES

We’re definitely disappointed in the way that the game ended. It was  pretty emotional game for us being the last game. I guess it’s mainly a disappointment that that’s the way we leave Bobby Dodd Stadium.

On the wheel-route play:

We had a good play call on and Tevin threw a pretty good ball. It was just a little too far, couldn’t get both hands on it. Those are catches you need to make, especially in games like this. You’ve got to take advantage of your opportunities and that was a big one we didn’t take advantage of early in the game.

On offense’s play:

I think we just kind of shot ourselves in the foot a lot. They switched up some looks, so you have to give them some credit. They didn’t just sit back and stay in one scheme. They sent some blitzes and did some different things.  For most of the game, we felt like we could move the ball on them. We just would always stalemate. Missed assignments, missed blocks. Those things killed us. We can’t get in second and long, third and longs. We ‘re not build for that. We just didn’t execute enough.

On the inside handoff play:

Coach had seen something watching some other teams. I think we got it from Army.  Army had run it a lot against Air Force and Air Force plays a similar defense that Georgia does. We decided to put it in. It looked good during the week and so we ended up trying it. We did have some success with it, especially in the first half. In the second half, they started adjusting a little bit and left some guys over there to play it more. But it a good play for us pretty much all day.

STEVEN SYLVESTER

On holding up physically against Georgia’s size

I think we did pretty good as far as up front . We had to get to the quarterback, though. That’s the name of the game especially as a defensive front seven. If you give a quarterback like Aaron Murray time to throw, he has plenty of good receivers over there that he’s gong to find. And it seemed that was our problem today.

On differences in defense’s play since the Clemson game:

I think it’s just playing with a sense of emotion. If you turn on the film and look at the Clemson game, (you see) how emotional we were. Football’s an emotional game. You can’t play it calm. I feel like we’ve come out flat the past couple of games, didn’t quite give as much energy as we should have and attention to detail, but it’s definitely the energy level.

More on the energy level:

It’s pretty much an individual thing. Everybody prepares for the game different. That’s pretty much it. You have to get ready for these types of games. They only come around once in awhile. You only get these guys once a year. You just have to go out there and play with everything you have. I feel like we just weren’t there today.

LOUIS YOUNG

On plans to contain Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray or tight end Orson Charles:

I don’t think it was one particular person. We planned for them to run it, just try to power it at first, try to run it. Their running back wasn’t in the game and then we worked all week we were going to play a lot of man and take away that post route that they beat a lot of teams on so far this season. They hit some good spots, they hit some touchdowns. Like I said, it may have been one missed assignment and you’ve got pay the price for that.

JULIAN BURNETT

On difficulties of zone pass coverage:

It’s hard to say. There’s so much stuff that goes on different patterns and highs and lows and the pattern reads and all that. It’s just not being keyed in or focused enough on your job. One slight mistake can cost you a touchdown.

On Charles:

He’s pretty good player. He was one of the targets on our list. We knew that he was their leading receiver even though he’s a tight end, but he was their leading receiver going into this game. He made the plays that he needed to make and we didn’t. We weren’t in position to stop him. They were able to hurt us with him.

On if losing to Georgia hurts differently:

I guess you can say that. I don’t like losing to anybody and I’m pretty sure that the rest of the team doesn’t. But when it’s in-state and when it’s your rival … we’re tired of being the little brothers in the state. We were hoping for this win. We wanted to fight for it. We just didn’t get it.

106 comments Add your comment

Josey Whales

November 27th, 2011
4:45 pm

Where is GT Bob????? Run that mouth boy.

Dawg48

November 27th, 2011
4:54 pm

1 4 GT

November 27th, 2011
5:12 pm

1st——-those 2 Georgie guys, mostly 1st one don.t count

Max Sizemore

November 27th, 2011
5:14 pm

It would be truly nice if some Georgia people could win with class for a change. I grew up a Tech fan, listening to Jack Hurst describe Billy Lothridge and Billy Martin and Joe Auer, but graduated from UGA. So now I pull for both teams, with the edge to the alma mater one day a year. I understand that not everybody can like both teams, but I cannot understand why some people can’t save their repressed anger for something else.

1 4 GT

November 27th, 2011
5:22 pm

Hey team, don’t you dare hang your heads. Feel down & drag around and sulk a bit & fuss & fume some, I did, but know the real GT folks still love ya’ll and wish you the best going forward, and that is the only way you can go. To the departing seniors, THANKS. Ya’ll have a lot to look forward to. If you are on pace to get your degree soon, I’m sure you’ll put it to good use. Some may not quite be on pace to get that diploma this spring, stay in school, get that degree. All the best life has for you seniors. You’ve worked hard and earned a brief respite to assess things. Hopefully ya’ll won’t have too much trouble landing a good job with that GT diploma. It will open a lot of doors in your future. Good luck and God’s best to you all. Again, THANKS!

swimdawg68

November 27th, 2011
5:26 pm

Seems like a bunch of excuses for non performance. Hard for them to accept that UGA is just a better football team. Better players and far better coached. That high school offense you run may work in the ACC but not against a quality SEC team. When you got down 14 points, I knew it was over because you are unable to throw the ball with any accuracy.

Get accostomed to losing to UGA as long as you retain Johnson and that offense. We probably have 10 teams in the SEC that would beat you. One more thing, we are a young team, only started 3 seniors on our offense and 3 seniors on defense, also we started a fifth string tailback. Be prepared for another beat down again next year in Athens.

1 4 GT

November 27th, 2011
5:27 pm

Dawg48—I looked at that link, did not open anything, the titles didn’t seem too appealing to me. As a matter of fact, they looked kinda “in your face”, so I choose to not want to reply except for this. GO TO YOUR OWN BLOG!

Punchy

November 27th, 2011
5:33 pm

Pick one:
a) gt lost the game because of poor officiating
b) gt lost the game because its players have to study sooo much. (see Reggie Ball & Joe Hamilton)
c) gt lost the game because … well er ah… because ….
d) gt lost the game because its team sucks

smilnjac

November 27th, 2011
5:34 pm

Max Sizemore, those were the days !

Dawg48

November 27th, 2011
5:42 pm

14 GT
I will not even try to be a jerk to you cause I know your down and out right now.

Dash

November 27th, 2011
5:52 pm

Punchy, you forgot choice E.
e) They got outplayed by a better team

Marine Jacket

November 27th, 2011
6:48 pm

If these posts are what UGA fans leave for a team that doesn’t matter or they don’t care about, I can’t imagine what they would post if we mattered.

Go Jackets!!!

blazer

November 27th, 2011
7:54 pm

GOT BEAT BY A BETTER TEAM NO DOUBT BUT THEY ARE NOT THE BEAST OF THE WEAK

SEC EAST-LOST TO THE BEST TEAM AND NEVER PLAYED ANY BODY FOR THE WEST.

HECK WAS TECH 3RD BEST TEAM THEY PLAYED?? (AND FORGET AUBURN)

NorthAveKillerBeez

November 27th, 2011
8:01 pm

Not sure what took CPJ so long to pull washington. Just wasn’t his day. Coach had a Chan Gailey/Reggie Ball moment where he refused to pull him. Next year can’t come soon enough…. sigh*

blazer

November 27th, 2011
8:11 pm

JOHN ZOOK IS AVAILABLE TO COACH THE DEFENSE NOW– BYE MR GROH!!

Blazer's daddy

November 27th, 2011
8:24 pm

Blazer………………..What? I don’t know what you’re trying to say….but it’s time for bed. I don’t care if you’re 40, as long as your living under my roof (Yes, the basement’s under the roof) you’ll do as I say.

AIr Force? OH, I forgot .............. the 2010 bowl

November 27th, 2011
8:24 pm

GT is more like Coastal Carolina than Wake or Maryland in skill. Sad.

Dave from GT

November 27th, 2011
8:39 pm

@blazer…… it’s Ron…… Ron Zook you dufuss!!!

white and gold

November 27th, 2011
8:50 pm

keep talking key bangers…. we’ll see if you’re still around after the seccg and on a more important note… atleast all the moms and dads can feel safe to let their young girls out of the house now that ol’ uncle pervy munson is gone! THWG and the walmarts they work at

The Truth

November 27th, 2011
9:09 pm

“But when it’s in-state and when it’s your rival … we’re tired of being the little brothers in the state”

That says it all.

Biff Pocoroba

November 27th, 2011
9:15 pm

If CPJ is allowed to bring back Groh and triple his salary, then he and DRad should be fired also. The guy hasn’t made a halftime adjustment all year. And Clemson turned out to be a fraud, so you can’t give him a lot of praise for that one now. That was just Dabo being a clown as usual and coaching his team down. Groh is like Gailey, a good pro coach, but the college game has passed him by.

Thomas Brown

November 27th, 2011
9:26 pm

Coaches’ Poll Georgia tek UNRANKED
AP Poll Georgia tek UNRANKED
NCAA PROBATION FOOTBALL back-to-back repeat offenders
1-10 vs UGA’s current head coach
# 51 recruiting ranking Paul Johnson every year
Student Section NOT FILLED vs UGA

Smart Jay

November 27th, 2011
9:33 pm

We have one thing in common with Georgia, we’re both the 4th best team in our conferences.

HighTech

November 27th, 2011
9:49 pm

The real Thomas Brown is involved in trying to improve the way UGA treats its student-athletes:

“The whole atmosphere surrounding UGA athletes is a factor, according to Thomas Brown, a football player who Richt hired as assistant strength-and-conditioning coach. Few people ask athletes about their career plans, Brown said. They only ask about sports. As a result, athletes want to take easy courses rather than useful ones.”

From the McDuffie Mirror – http://mirror.augusta.com/stories/2011/08/04/opi_623979.shtml

@Thomas brown

November 27th, 2011
9:55 pm

Doo-doo Brown – sounds like you got sumpin else on yo mind than LSU.

ahsoisee

November 27th, 2011
10:04 pm

Johnson made a bad decision by switching an explosive A Back to the B Back position last year and it cost him some games. He would have come out better by using Lyons or another big B Back for the short yardage job. He is repeating this mistake this year by using an undersized quarterback as the B Back. If he wants to use Sims as a back, it should have been at an A Back position (he is more fitted for that position).

Johnson is also making the same mistake as Gailey. Both let loyalties to starters and his coaches whick is keeping GT from having a winning edge. Gailey would not fire his defensive coordinator, nor replace an innefective quarterback when he was floundering. It cost Gailey his job, and it is presently costing GT in games lost that could be won.

Johnson’s ego is also getting in the way of winning games. He is determined to prove that his method will win games even when the other team stacks the odds against him. He continues to try to push the ball up the middle too much when his best runners are the A Backs. Yes, Washington may be a good quarterback that can ocassionally break for a long gain, but he lacks the power in clutch situations to get needed yardage. He keeps the ball way too many times when he should pitch. Days might do the same, but he has more power to get the short yardage if needed.This is an ego thing with Johnson just to prove his method will work. It is costing games.

He has also lost his edge in the daring-do of the game. He should never settle for a field goal near the inzone against a team like UGA when scoring opportunities are limited.

It should be obvious that the 3-4 defense will never work at GT. It might work at a few schools that can recruit the best interior linemen in America. Even then, they must be rotated extremely often. There is absolutely no way three defensive linemen can withstand six offensive linemen blocking them the whole game. It is foolish to try.

The best defense is an attacking defense where linemen and linebackers can penetrate the offensive line to get to the backs and quarterback. It is also imperative for the linebackers and defensive backs to play close to the receivers on passing third downs. It is frustrating to defensive linemen that they cannot share in the glory of making tackles in the backfield or sacking the quarterback just to keep the blockers off the linebackers. GT must play at least a four man defensive front and even a five man front when the situation demands it.

Another mistake is not playing as many players as possible in a game to keep everyone fresh and the team happy. NO TEAM can be happy when players work their cans off in practice every day just to sit on the bench and watch tired first stringers miss tackles and let receivers run by them for catches.

Either Groh must go or use another defensive method. The 3-4 at GT will never, never, never, never, never, etal, work.

It appears GT needs a new defensive coordinator, a new receivers coach, and possibly a new quarterback coach. If something is not done in these areas, it appears we will need a new head coach before long.

The Old Man.

ahsoisee

November 27th, 2011
10:19 pm

By the way, just to prove that you don’t have to recruit better to beat UGA, I just reviewed the recruiting rankings for all teams from 2002-2011 (last 10 years) and found that Boise State was not in the top 50 of the recruiting rankings for these 10 years. We know Boise State beat UGA badly this year. It is also significant that GT appeared in the top 50 recruiting rankings six out of the 10 years. Tech was 18, 49, 41, 43, 49, and 50 in six of the 10 years.

Also UCF beat UGA last year and appeared in the top 50 recruiting rankings only one out of the 10 years (39).

The Old Man

OkieDawg

November 27th, 2011
10:25 pm

LMAO///..We beat GT and fall in the BCS standings. How bad is GT? GTBob, do you have an answer?

jp

November 27th, 2011
10:52 pm

white and gold and ahsoisee get a grip . white and gold makes fun of the dead bc you lose a football game get out your # 2 pencil and shove it . aholee you say , tech needs to play a 5 man front instead of the 3 4 . the 34 is the 50 defense or a 5 man front .it has been around forever. Your coach won you a championship and knows what he is doing . he won many games at navy including at ga tech and at notre dame when he coached there. the reason it is called the option is because there is an option to give , keep , pitch ,and sometimes throw on the play . coach johnson does not tell the qb to keep it if the pitch is there .washington takes what the d gives.ga took away the pitch by playing a different d .go build bridges and let him coach you can tell you never played any football.I bet you did not bitch when you got 411 yards on the ground last year .tech does not have 1 player that could start for ga and you still bitch tech has averaged over 30 a game on ga in 4 games . no team can say that .your team is 1st or 2nd in rushing in america with subpar talent i hope you are a big booster and get him fired so we can beat you for 9of the next 10. go reprogram your smart phone

No advantage playing Georgia tek, nothing to gain

November 28th, 2011
4:23 am

OkieDawg, you are so right. I see you noticed it too that we beat Georgia tek for the 10th time in the 11 years of Mark Richt era so far and DROPPED in the BCS Rankings.

I look forward to the day when we quit playing Georgia tek. It is all they care about, beating us – and, they cannot do it and it means absolutely NOTHING to us.

Georgia tek is obsessed with nothing but beating UGA

November 28th, 2011
4:42 am

Why should UGA concern itself with LSU ? We are not going to beat LSU, any more than Georgia tek was going to beat UGA. The question, then, is not why is UGA celebrating our 10th win in 11 games of Mark Richt vs Georgia tek instead of concerning ourselves with LSU; but, why did Georgia tek obsess itself with beating UGA ?

Because your fans – both of them – look at your won/lost record vs the # 71 Strength of Schedule in the nation today and want nothing more than to beat us. That is all you care about. You could lose every other game, but beat us, and be totally satisfied and you know it.

You are obsessed with beating UGA, and do not want to hear about that your football coach cannot even figure out who his QB is in the last game of the year, that your offense is laughable and that your defense and special teams are the pits.

UGA is the bomb. Georgia tek the pits. You try to talk academics but the facts there too, show that – not only are you on NCAA PROBATION back-to-back repeat offenders of the NCAA Major Infractions database – but, also even with your cheating you cannot beat UGA in graduation rates or APR.

So, you brag what you are going to do to UGA pre-game and then like St. Simons, run and hide for years when it does not begin to materialize. You were NEVER in this game. There was NO POINT during the game where any Georgia tek fan felt that you had the remote possibility to win.

I am not concerned about LSU; and you should not have been concerned about UGA – but, you are. Now, you run in here to tell us that we should be obsessed with beating LSU.

Why ?

Because you want LSU to do what you cannot do, on or off the field vs UGA ?

Back to Wal-Mart

November 28th, 2011
7:40 am

You RETARD! Why? ‘cuz you suk a big fatty.

Technically Correct

November 28th, 2011
7:43 am

When the other team is bigger, faster and more skilled, the only three things that can can help a team win in college football are high emotion, superior efficiency and “the breaks.” Tech beat Clemson with all three. Tech lost to Georgia, certainly without the last two and, arguably, without any of the three. Emotion, as a team, is hard to create; it just happens or it doesn’t. Sometimes that oblong spheroid bounces the right way and other times is bounces the wrong way. Efficiency is purely a function of getting everyone to do the right thing on every given play and perfection is illusive. All things being equal, exceptional talent wins the game. National Signing Day is more important to any football program than any scheme, the schedule or the institution. Show me what happens on NSD in 2012 and I will tell you who is likely to win the Tech/Georgia game in 2014.

ramblwrk68

November 28th, 2011
9:02 am

Please, PLEASE, ADDR, tell the team there is no bowl this year, just a time of “reflection” on what SHOULD have been an 11-1 ACC championship year, at worst. The last thing Tech needs is another embarassing bowl loss in a third-tier bowl.

The coaches need to concentrate on limiting the rejections from our “verbals” that will ensue from Saturday’s debacle, not prepare for a completely meaningless game, recruiting-wise, that no one will attend. Not to mention starting a search for a REAL defensive coordinator.

IMHO …

TampaDawg

November 28th, 2011
9:03 am

Max Sizemore

November 27th, 2011
5:14 pm

It would be truly nice if some Georgia people could win with class for a change.
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With the exception of a few on here, I don’t think GT fan needs to be preaching about “winning with class”? So many couldn’t even go into the game with class and if UGA would have lost, no way would things be any different from GT fans.

Dawg Fud

November 28th, 2011
9:07 am

Georgia alumnus here…Just want to congratulate Tech’s teams and coaches on a hard fought game and fine season. I was at the Tech-Clemson game and saw Tech at their peak this season.

See you next November!

JAWJeRDAWG

November 28th, 2011
9:08 am

Good luck to Georgia Tech as you move forward in your bowl game this year and in developing a competitive team in 2012.

Best wishes from the Dawg fan to the GT Yellow Jackets!

dawgfan

November 28th, 2011
9:15 am

Boy have Techies changed their tune over the past couple of years. All this crap about not having enough talent is a far cry from the “New Sheriff In Town” tough talk we were hearing a couple of years ago. Back then Paul Johnson’s offense was so genius that he didn’t need talent, but after 3 straight losses to the Dawgs its back to the same ole crybaby mantra of not being able to recruit top talent.

Hey Techies, you know what might help with that talent problem you say you have? Don’t hire a coach that runs a gimmick offense that doesn’t prepare players for the next level. Don’t hire a coach who considers defense an afterthought. Don’t hire a coach who half azzes recruiting and downplays it because he too lazy to do it effectively. Don’t throw your players under the bus everytime said coach falters. Nobody wants to play for fans like that. And try going to the games for once. Nobody wants to play in a stadium that is mostly filled up with opposing fans for the few big games you play in every year.

Look, your entrance requirements for football players are slightly higher than most BCS schools. I admit that. I also happen to care less. That’s your problem. I don’t know what you expect out of everyone. Are we supposed to spot you two touchdowns every year because all your management majors have to take “A Survey of Calculus?” Not happening. We hate you. Why would we spot you anything? If this academic presents such a competitive disadvantage for you then you need to drop out of the D-1 level. I don’t know what else anyone can do for you. If you aren’t willing to do that then please quit your incessant whining and just play ball.

I know, crazy of a hater like me to give you advice isn’t it? Well, if I thought you were smart enough to heed that advice I would be concerned, but that isn’t the case.

Thanks.

TampaDawg

November 28th, 2011
9:18 am

Where is GTBob?

TampaDawg

November 28th, 2011
9:21 am

I want to commend the Yellow Jackets players for keeping things relatively clean on the field (though I hate the cut blocks, it’s part of their game and not illegal). Things could have gotten ugly at 31-10 but the players on both sides and both coaching staffs did well at keeping things fairly calm. Nice job.

GT

November 28th, 2011
9:27 am

is nothing more than our scout team. We use them every year to get some of our 2nd and 3rd string guys some game experience. This year we even used our 5th string RB.

See you guys next year for our annual end of year scrimmage.

MD

November 28th, 2011
9:29 am

Dawg Fud, Thank you for saying that. I will join you as a UGA grad say it was a good game.

Reading these blogs with all of the petty trash talking from both sides gets really old. We won, act like a winner. Talk on our blog, not Tech’s blog. They come over to UGA’s blog and every single Dawg fan hate it’s. Ignore them and they’ll leave, just like I am now.

TampaDawg

November 28th, 2011
9:31 am

Let’s stay classy Dawg fans. We won, yes. But based on a lot of things, most would say we should have, so let’s not pound our chest on it too much. UGA has a much bigger game coming up.

Freddy Blassie

November 28th, 2011
9:51 am

I’d rather see a church burn than lose to Georgia, but they beat us on offense, defense, special teams and they outcoached us too.
Congratulations to Georgia on a good win at our house.
Coach Johnson is a great coach and is going to be at Georgia Tech for as long as he wants.

roughrider

November 28th, 2011
9:52 am

Is anyone on here old enough to remember the last time Tech won a bowl game?

juvenal

November 28th, 2011
10:10 am

er, Tampa, Max said he was a UGA alum…….Dawgs looked good, will give lsu fits-please don’t leave if you only are down 2 TDs, you have the skills to score quick……….remember who said it first, that the 3-4 will never work at GT……

yeller bug

November 28th, 2011
10:20 am

Congrats UGA on a good win. Bobo had a good game plan and your team executed it well. Tech, had a good game plan as well, but the execution….er not so much. Good luck with LSU—you’ll need it….it’ll probably take Divine intervention to win, but CMR is tight with the Lord so there’s always hope.

UGA'91

November 28th, 2011
10:22 am

Winning this game should prepare UGA for LSU. Their rushing attack is not better than Tech’s and our defense did a fair job of controlling the running game. I read your blog to get a feel of how Tech fans feel about your team and coaching staff…not to hear trash talk from other dawg fans. Are you guys happy with your current staff? Groh wants to run the 34 defense but as UGA showed last year without the right players it just doesn’t work well. Maybe another year recruiting his type of players will show better defensive results. Do you think you will have long term success with the triple option? Those are the things I would like to hear Tech fans discuss, rather than replying to a few immature fans. Good luck in your bowl game. Go Dawgs!

blazer

November 28th, 2011
10:25 am

Ok it is Ron Zook still better than Al.

TampaDawg

November 28th, 2011
10:52 am

I saw that juvenal, but dawg fans were getting blasted last week on the UGA blogs with some crazy stuff and now I read how we aren’t classy in a win? I tried to keep it tame because I don’t think Max meant it in a really bad way. How was your Thanksgiving juvenal? And for the record, I think the 3-4 COULD work at GT but not with the personnel they are trying it with. GT’s Nose Tackle is getting beaten bad.